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5 Tips for the Kitchen, As Seen in Celebrity Homes

Check out the homes of Derek Ramsay, Aljur Abrenica, the Sottos, and more to transform your kitchen into a peg-worthy space

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Photography: Kurt Alvarez | Rene Mejia (Main Photos)

We look up to celebrities for a variety of reasons—from their enviable looks to their elegant lifestyles. But did you realize that their homes are also great sources of inspiration? Take a cue from these five celebrity kitchens and you'll get closer to achieving your dream home:

Go with a cheery color scheme

Since the kitchen is a busy space, many of us tend to associate it with neutral colors like black, white, and grey. But there’s no reason why kitchens can’t be colorful just like the one in Pokwang’s home. Cabinets and counters are painted a cool shade of yellow, while décor pieces in red and orange add warmth to the space.

Ready to brighten up your kitchen? Start by choosing one color for your cabinetry and shelving. From there, decide on a lighter or darker shade for the walls, or soften the look with a splash of white. Finally, choose accents in colors that either complement or contrast with your first color choice. This way, you can maintain a streamlined look and still have a cheery kitchen that suits your needs.

Photos by Rene Mejia | Click here to see more photos. 

 

Rough it up

Built as a bachelor pad, Aljur Abrenica’s home in Quezon City was designed according to industrial style. The kitchen features a high ceiling with exposed wood beams, distressed-wood counters, and a firetruck-red range hood that fulfills form as much as function. But the star of this space is the exposed brick walls, which anchor the space while giving it a raw edge.

Get the look of an industrial kitchen with interesting materials like concrete and brick. Used in the right amount, they can impart character to your cooking area—and you won’t need to worry as much about wear and tear.  

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Photo by Kurt Alvarez | Click here to see more photos. 

Have your dining set nearby

Those who like sleek kitchens will find their peg in Vic Sotto and Pauleen Luna’s home in Laguna. Every room in the married couple’s home is spic-and-span, including the kitchen—which features top-of-the-line appliances and cabinets with unobtrusive handles. On the other side of the kitchen island is an six-seater dining set, which can be used as a breakfast nook or a space for informal dining.



If you live in a smaller home, save space by situating your kitchen and dining area next to each other. Not only can you use the dining table as additional prep space, you can also entertain guests while cooking your specialty dishes.  

Photos by Rene Mejia | Click here to see more photos. 

 

Use open shelving to display your drinkware

Since Derek Ramsay likes nice kitchens, he invested in a custom-made unit from Poliform that had to be transported to his family’s Palawan vacation home. He also equipped the kitchen with open shelving to hold everything related to drinks—from teapots and teacups to wine glasses and liquor.

If you also have a pretty collection of drinkware at home, look into installing display shelves in your kitchen. Unique glasses or mugs add a personal touch and can serve as conversation pieces when you have guests around. Designate a shelf for your tea, coffee, or alcoholic drinks—and voila, you’ll also have a vertical bar area.

Photos by Ocs Alvarez | Click here to see more photos. 

Invest in proper storage

The right cabinets and shelves can spell the difference between a chaotic kitchen and an organized one. In Jinkee and Manny Pacquiao’s Forbes Park home, every appliance has its own niche and cooking utensils are stored properly in the drawers. The result is a space that is pleasing to work in and look at—which any home cook would love!

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Take a look at your own kitchen and assess if you have the right storage system. If plates and pans are already spilling from the cabinets, consider adding shelves or hanging racks. Even better, take the time to pare down your belongings. After all, you don’t really need that many plates, do you?

 Photo by Rene Mejia / Melo Balingit | Click here to see more photos. 

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