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These Pretty Kitchens Will Blow Your Mind

Big and small -- these cooking areas are functional and filled with design ideas

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Photography: Jilson Tiu (Main Photo)

While some homeowners spend most of their budget improving the living area or bedroom, there are those who double their efforts on the kitchen. Whether you have a big space or a corner as your cooking area, you can still turn it into a captivating part of the home. Save these peg-worthy photos as your guide:

For a family who loves to cook and entertain, having a spacious kitchen is a must. To meet this requirement, architect Angelo Siochi opted for an open layout—with the living, dining, and kitchen areas directly connected to each other. The big island can double as a bar during parties, too. We especially love the mirror that expands the space and how the storage units were incorporated into the final look.


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The patterned backsplash completes the country-inspired look of this delightful cooking space. Interior designers Dagny Madamba and Tala Singson maximized natural light and perfectly paired touches of white, wooden elements, hints of green, and a few customized pieces to create a dream space.


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Don't underestimate this compact cooking area. It may be small but it has secrets. Hidden between the entertainment area and the counter is a pantry. The owner came up with smart storage solutions and space-saving details to maximize the available space. Opting for a dark color gives the space a streamlined appeal as well.


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Why stick to white subway tiles when black can give a space more character? The backsplash in this kitchen designed by interior designer Jen Sohu makes the area more interesting and balances out the dominant white touches. Adding overhead cabinets can help prevent cluttter, too.


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What sets apart this modular kitchen is the cashmere granite countertop—a material that matches the dark cabinets, wooden touches, industrial-inspired stools, and vintage-inspired appliances. The vignette on the counter have a rustic feel as well.


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Niches can break the monotony of a space and make storage more fun and interesting. To spruce up the built-in niches in this tiny kitchen, the owner decided to put some of his small appliances on display. He even personalized the nook by displaying framed photographs. The best part about this area? It can function as a dining nook and as a workspace, too.

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One of our readers transformed her kitchen into an IG-worthy space to showcase her love for cooking, entertaining, and food photography. It features tiles in pale neutral colors, storage pieces in bleached pine wood, and vintage fixtures in an aged-bronze finish.


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While cabinets can help you keep clutter at bay, many are guilty of just putting everything inside without plans of organizing each. The owner of this home opted for wall-mounted shelves instead—adding to the airy feel of the cooking area. It can also motivate her and the family to keep this part of the home spic-and-span.


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While patterned tiles, subway tiles, and other commonly used materials can instantly liven up the kitchen, a glass splashback can make it seem more airy and spacious. Interior designer Anla Li-Tan used the said material and paired it with white cabinets for a bright and inviting cooking space.

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