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These 8 Condo Kitchens Show Us Clever Small-Space Solutions

Because your tiny condo kitchen can be both efficient and stylish

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Photography: Jilson Tiu & Dairy Darilag (Main Photos)

Condo kitchens in their turned-over states are usually just a single countertop with a sink, and no overhead cabinets (occasionally you’ll get lucky and have a backsplash). Don’t be disappointed—these types of kitchens are the perfect blank slate to create a space-savvy, efficient, and stylish cooking space. Here are some ideas from our Real Homes:

All-white kitchen


Want to make a condo kitchen appear more spacious? Then make the palette all-white—here, even the countertop accessories are white!

READ: In This 23sqm Condo Unit, You Can Sleep, Work, And Chill All Day

Classic subway tiling


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Trendy subway tiles have become the tile du jour for kitchen backsplashes everywhere. Here, interior designer Kristine Neri used the tiles to take attention away from the awkward space sandwiched between a structural column and a wall.

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Subway with a twist


Is your kitchen ceiling low? Then make like Morfosis and lay your subway tiles on the vertical, and create the optical illusion of a higher ceiling and more space.

READ: We Want To Live In This Capsule Hotel-Inspired Condo Unit

Go all out, even if it’s tiny


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There are lots of things to love in this tiny, industrial-style kitchen: the pipe shelves, the stainless steel countertop, the paleta storage bins, the crazy backsplash, and our favorite—the mini Whirlpool bar fridge underneath it all.

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Various elements can work together


This one-counter kitchen by Cebu designer Hannah Lim looks bigger than it is because there are lot of useful elements here: patterned iTrade tiles that make the space look bigger, herb pots, and a chalkboard wall add dimension and visual interest.

READ: Achieve A Hotel-Like One-Bedroom Condo Unit

A chalkboard kitchen



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Contrary to popular belief that a kitchen needs to be bright or all-white, interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo goes in the opposite direction by painting the kitchen walls in black chalkboard paint. This way, the owners can write down recipes or grocery lists on the wall, or even draw their own wall pattern.

READ: French-Inspired Style For A 35sqm Condo In Mandaluyong

Countertop doubles as dining


In this Cebu studio bachelor pad designed by Cebu architect Maya Franco, this wooden countertop (that doubles as a butcher’s block) also serves as a dining table. When not in use, the counter can be folded and tucked away.

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Make it simple but elegant


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Condo kitchens don’t immediately have to be industrial or modern in style. This kitchen in a condo unit designed by a11’s Eric Paras—though mostly untouched—becomes elegant because of the pastel-hued accessories and the glamorous, velvet bar stools.

READ: A 60sqm Condo Unit That’s Easy On The Eyes

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