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15 beautiful small kitchen designs and ideas you'll love


Small kitchens are charming but it can be tricky attempting to curate a space that is trendy and functional. Lucky for you, we’re here to help. Here are 15 small kitchen design ideas for Malaysian homes. 

Having a little kitchen doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful space. In fact, designing kitchens in a small space can stretch your creativity. Let us show how you can have your dream kitchen with the limited square feet you have. Whether you’re looking for minimalistic kitchen design, simple kitchen designs or modern small kitchen ideas, here are the 15 best designs for a modern small kitchen (kitchen pics included).

1. Open kitchen layout

Matt Design Sdn Bhd
Project: Cloudtree Residence Belakong

Minimalist, modern, and functional, these are the top three ways to describe this kitchen room. The peninsula style kitchen layout plan helps ease manoeuvring while marking a clear area for the kitchen, setting it apart from the open layout living room. Add bar stools next to your kitchen island and you’ll have a cosy breakfast corner.

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2. Galley kitchen

Matt Design Sdn Bhd
Project: Cloudtree Residence Belakong

Galley kitchens are a great space-saving option as its made up of two parallel kitchen counters that make tools and appliances easily accessible for cooking. Plus points include less square feet to clean!

3. White and wood kitchen cabinets

Torch Empire Sdn Bhd
Project: Cahaya Alam @ Shah Alam

If you think galley kitchens make manoeuvring difficult, just look at the space this narrow kitchen provides. We also love the combination of white paint and wood for the upper cabinets and the subtle tone of the subway tile backsplash as they make the kitchen feels more minimalistic. The small kitchen cabinet design also fit the kitchen room perfectly. While wood kitchen cupboard looks fresh, you can also elevate the style by installing metal cabinet door handles to complete the look.

4. Metallic fixtures

contemporary kitchen with metallic features
Pedini Cucine (M) Sdn Bhd
Project: Rencana Royale

Forget about white kitchen. This contemporary dining room and small kitchen designed to gorgeous and functional. We love how the interior designer opted for metallic fixtures to give the illusion of space in this studio unit. Pair it with stainless steel fixtures to complete the look.

5. Single wall

single-wall-all-white-kitchen-with appliances
You Home Design
Project: Tribeca Suites @ Bukit Bintang

Only have one wall to use as your kitchen? This single wall kitchen floor plan is perfect for homeowners who have a small space design but want to have a fully functional kitchen room. Hang a pot rack to keep your pots and pans to free up your counter space.

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6. Add characters

Pedini Cucine (M) Sdn Bhd
Project: The Parque Eco Sanctuary

You wouldn’t believe how small this kitchen is. But what it lacks in size, it makes up for in character. Though white is the main theme in this kitchen interior design, the interior designer opted for the hexagon-shaped backsplash to create a subtle yet effective visual interest to the space design. Add pendant light and hexagon subway tiling when styling kitchen to amp up the ambience.

7. U-shaped kitchen design

Artway Furniture & Renovation
Project: Saujana Duta @ Seremban 2

Ideal for home kitchens that have more than one cook, this U-shaped kitchen allows for brisk movement between sections. It also has ample prepping and cooking space. You don’t need to do a major kitchen renovation to achieve this look and idea.

8. Utilise your space

Millimetre Design Sdn Bhd
Project: Highpark Suites

Just because you have a compact space doesn’t mean you have to forgo a functional kitchen. See how this 600-sq. ft. unit made way for a kitchen, dining space, living room, and bedroom. It even has a small breakfast nook for you and your partner to dine together. Just because your space is limited doesn’t mean you can’t store anything.

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9. Make it minimal

Midori Master Sdn Bhd
Project: Midori Green Apartment Minimalist Style

This apartment kitchen decor provides homeowners will all the necessities they need to whip up a hearty meal and make cleaning up a breeze! The floor-to-ceiling doors also bring in an abundance of natural light to give an airy feel to the room.

10. Make corner works

Hexa6 Design Sdn Bhd
Project: Modern Contemporary

You can incorporate a single wall kitchen into your space design even if you have corners! This way not only do they get more counter space, but you also make use of every square inch. Install a couple of floating shelves if you need extra storage space.

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11. L-shaped kitchen design

Deco Style Sdn Bhd
Project: Geo Residence

An L-shaped sectional kitchen like this one is perfect for units that want to section off the kitchen from the rest of the living space. It makes for an efficient and effective workspace.

12. Go rustic

Millimetre Design Sdn Bhd
Project: Sentral Suite Type B 1

Featuring a contemporary and rustic theme, this small kitchen and dining area made use of every inch. Since the interior designers wanted to prioritise a full dining and kitchen table, they opted for a single wall kitchen that houses all the necessities.

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13. Open shelves

Millimetre Design Sdn Bhd
Project: Sentral Suites Corner D

We love this mini kitchen that opted for open shelving to give the illusion of open space and well-kept storage. Keep the kitchen floor colour light and neutral.

14. Dedicated space for all your items

Vault Design Lab
Project: Rouge in Wood

Rustic, trendy, and practical, this small kitchen makes use of the limited space by making sure they incorporate dedicated spaces for all their essentials.

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15. Opt for kitchen island

Spazio Art Design & Build
Project: Sri KL Palace Condo

Who says small kitchens can’t have islands? Compact and functional, this Scandinavian themed condo kitchen design features a single wall cooking space with an elongated kitchen island to make meal prep easier.

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This article was originally published as These Mini Malaysian Kitchens are so Stylish, it’s Easy to Forget Their Size by written by Lydia Lohshini

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