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Jumpstart Your Day: 5 Small Yet Efficient Kitchens

Discover how you can achieve the perfect cooking haven even in a tiny space

Photography: Vincent Coscolluela (Main Photo)

Filipinos are known for their hospitality. Whenever there are guests coming or friends staying over, we make sure that they are comfortable and full! We prepare delicious meals and sumptuous desserts that will surely delight them. However, much as we want to have a big and spacious kitchens complete with top-of-the-line equipment, we sometimes have to work in limited spaces and tiny cooking areas.

Well, we are also resourceful! We try to make the most of every inch of space and the smallest of nooks. We can have a well-appointed kitchen that's efficient and functional. If you're looking for inspiration, here are 5 kitchens found in small spaces that will surely motivate you to work on your own haven.

Found in an 80sqm condo inspired by a popular TV series, this kitchen showcases clever storage solutions and a streamlined look. Small appliances are hidden in a secret nook while opting not to have handles on the drawers and cabinets help open up the space.

For your space: Achieve an open and spacious look by keeping your own kitchen clean and organized. As much as possible, keep the counter clean so you can work freely and efficiently.

READ: 8 Ways to Organize the Kitchen

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A glass sliding door separates this kitchen from the dining area. To keep up with the theme and feel of the entire one-bedroom condo, the interior designer opted for wood colors and a gray backsplash.

For your space: You can also separate areas in your small home! There's no need to build walls and columns as using furniture and accessories can help you create different areas in one compact unit.

READ: 4 Ways to Add a Room Within a Room

To add life to this once bare unit, architect Allen Oblena chose a classic contemporary look. Since the owners usually go out for meals, the kitchen is kept compact complete with a neutral appeal. 

For your space: Depending on your needs and the space that you have, you can also choose the best kitchen layout for your home. You may opt for the L-Shaped kitchen or a One-Wall type.

READ: 6 Basic Kitchen Layouts

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To improve a bachelor pad in Makati, interior designer Ayet San Jose-Aniag worked with a classic color scheme, modern furniture, and built-in storage systems. In the kitchen, Ayet added more storage options by building overhead cabinets made of marine plywood. The sink is placed in one corner to give the owner more space while the green splashback add life to the space.

For your space: If you have a plain kitchen, you can spruce it up by adding backsplashes or decorating your cabinets with washi tape.

READ: Update Your Kitchen in 6 Easy Steps

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This 45sqm unit with a chic Scandinavian style showcases a black-and-white palette with energtic pops of red. In the kitchen, the black mosaic backsplash gives contrast to the plain white cabinets. To maximize the small space, the cooking area directly leads to the dining corner.

For your space: You can instantly liven up a small kitchen by adding decorative pieces and accessories. You may also add potted plants for a refreshing touch.

READ: 4 Design Ideas to Liven Up Your Small Kitchen

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