These mini Malaysian kitchens are so stylish, it’s easy to forget their size


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 you. 

Having a tiny kitchen doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful space. Let us show how you can have your dream kitchen with the limited square feet you have. Here are 15 small kitchen ideas for your home.

1. Open kitchen layout

Minimalist, modern, and functional, these are the top three ways to describe this kitchen. The peninsula style kitchen layout 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

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

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3. White and wood kitchen cabinets

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. While wood cabinet looks fresh, you can also elevate the style by installing metal cabinet door handles to complete the look.

4. Metallic fixtures

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

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

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6. Add characters

You wouldn’t believe how small this kitchen is. But what it lacks in size, it makes up for in character. Check out the entire project and see how they used minimal space to create a cosy home. Add pendant light and hexagon subway tiling when styling kitchen to amp up the ambience.

7. U-shaped kitchen design

Ideal for homes that have more than one cook, this U-shaped kitchen allows for brisk movement between sections. It also has ample prepping and cooking space.

8. Utilise your space

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

This minimalistic kitchen 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

You can incorporate a single wall kitchen into your space 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

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

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

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

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

Compact and functional, this Scandinavian themed kitchen 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