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Designer Tips On How To Make a Pro Kitchen

An interior designer and a pastry chef worked together to create a beautiful and efficient cooking space

Photography: Shaira Luna (Profile) and SM Home

Have you ever dreamt of creating a kitchen that is worthy enough to be used by a well-known chef? Le Petit Souffle owner and pastry chef Miko Aspiras envisioned such a kitchen, and interior designer Dagny Madamba took on the challenge.

Chef Miko wanted a kitchen that is reminiscent of provincial France with a light touch of Scandinavian elements. He also wanted it to be workable and efficient for a family who loves to cook and casually entertain guests. According to Dagny, when you design a kitchen, you first have to think about the layout, “Having a well-thought-out layout really saves time and energy,” she explains. Dagny gives us five tips on how to style your own pro kitchen.

Work on the working triangle.

Base your kitchen layout with the Working Triangle where everything should be within reach. “This makes the setup look airy and spacious with a lot of traffic space—it makes the kitchen more efficient,” says Dagny. 

To read more about the kitchen's working triangle, click here.

Utilize your storage space.

Storage space is a must for a kitchen to prevent it from being cluttered, and this also frees up counter-space. Provide more places for storing kitchen items other than the drawers and cabinets in your kitchen counter and make use of walls to incorporate open shelves and hanging cabinets.

Use a color palette that will signify the design style you want to create.

“The color palette includes summery yellow hue and neutral shades like white and gray complemented by hints of blues to keep the space light and airy,” says Dagny. The choice of colors represent the two design styles that Chef Miko wanted: the summery yellow makes for the Provençal France, while the white and grey with hints of blue hints at Scandinavian style.

Be inspired by envisioning your happy place.

Potted and hanging plants were added to bring the outdoors in, reminiscent of al fresco cafes in France and to soften the look of the kitchen making it even more inviting. Add stackable and durable seating pieces that mirror the outdoor seating of Parisian cafes.

Mix in some modern elements and accessories to complete the look.

Modern elements are added through the use of geometric floor tiles supplied by AIS, and Scandinavian inspired pieces like the breakfast nook coupled with charming vintage appliances. 

Check out Chef Miko and Dagny’s kitchen vignette at the “Complete Your Home” with SM Home vignettes at the 5th floor of SM Makati the whole of July. All items here are available at SM Home

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