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Cook up a storm in this stylish kitchen in Tropicana Avenue, Petaling Jaya. (Icon Factory pic)

If you have a small kitchen, it can be difficult to find space to make your favourite dishes. But with good design, it is possible to maximise your cabinet and counter space and make room for all the kitchenware you need.

Install high cabinetry to make full use of space, and keep the room bright with the right colour palette. You will find that even the smallest kitchens can become a lovely space to cook in, as well as for entertaining family and friends.

Here are some design ideas found in Malaysian homes that make small kitchens look bigger and feel more spacious.

Taman Puncak Jalil, Seri Kembangan

Enjoy your breakfast at a bar table with high stools. (Kaiu Artisan Creative pic)

In this concept kitchen, a modern design emphasises no-handle cabinet doors and clean lines. This space may be small, but it stays functional with plenty of storage shelves, drawers and cabinets.

Two-bedroom apartment in Semenyih

Minimalist designs help create a streamlined look. (Movent Signature pic)

A minimalist design with a very classy feel, this kitchen appears spacious despite containing a cooker hood, built-in oven and fridge. The cabinets have a good amount of countertop space.

Rica Residence, Sentul

Despite a small space, this kitchen has all the essentials. (The Arch pic)

Even though this unit is around 1,000 sq ft, very little space has been allocated for the kitchen area. This single-wall kitchen manages to fit a small sink, cooker hob and hood, while adding a floating effect under the base cabinet with LED lights.

Setia Eco Park, Shah Alam

This small L-shaped kitchen is compact yet functional. (Dash Design pic)

If you have a small home, opt for a brighter palette to make the space appear bigger. The tall cabinet does double duty as a divider between the kitchen and doorway, as well as a utility closet.

Modern condo in Taman OUG

Sophistication and beauty can be found in this kitchen’s simplicity. (Double Art Design Studio pic)

This grey cabinet with white countertop creates a modern yet classic feel. Pendant lights help to brighten the space. This design allows for ample storage, while the kitchen island is efficient and functional.

Refurbished condo in Pandan Cheras

Before refurbishment, and after. (QM Design pic)
The shelf along the wall is a clever way to create more seating space. (QM Design pic)

This narrow kitchen has been refurbished to add a long dining counter facing the living room. Along the other wall, a long shelf provides more seating spots. The glass cabinet doors have a reflective appearance that creates the illusion of space.

Airbnb unit in Vista Alam, Shah Alam

(L) A functional kitchen despite an unusual layout. (R) The design cleverly features an L-shaped counter. (Bonnieblue Furniture Interiors pics)

The unique layout of this condo, where the bedroom doors occupy most of the space behind the kitchen, means the kitchen itself is restricted to one side. The designer has cleverly included an L-shaped counter while a glass divider doubles as a partition and backsplash.

Six Ceylon, Jalan Ceylon, Kuala Lumpur

This property is only around 800 sq ft, but the kitchen has been given a lot of space. (Crestige Asia Enterprise pic)

Clean white cabinets along the wall of this studio provide a minimal and sleek look. An island counter features a drop-in cooker hob and suspended hood that extends from the ceiling.

Tropicana Avenue, Petaling Jaya

Despite a dark colour, this kitchen appears sleek and stylish. (Icon Factory pic)

This design demonstrates that grey can be cool and modern instead of dull. The cabinets blend well with the pendant lights hanging from the ceiling.

The Wharf, Puchong

The designer has integrated the wall cabinets to conceal air-conditioner piping. (IIKO Concept pic)

“Modern, sleek and classy” best describes this open-concept, one-wall kitchen. The all-white theme and no-handle cabinet doors are repeated with the closets along the adjacent wall, creating a unified style that keeps the space uniform and bright.

Minimalist studio in CyberSquare

Accessories can be kept in the base cabinet to keep the kitchen clutter-free. (IIKO Concept pic)

Another modern and minimal design featuring grey cabinets with a white countertop. The base cabinet includes glass doors with internal lighting, creating a unique display case.

RT2, Rawang

Drawers and cabinets allow for plenty of storage in this narrow kitchen. (Nice Style Interior Design pic)

This modern L-shaped kitchen combines wood elements to create a warm and inviting feel. The backsplash, designed with grey tiles, creates a pleasant contrast.

Nadi Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur

This kitchen boasts a Scandinavian-inspired design. (Chemistry Design Studio pic)

This studio kitchen uses light wood tones and a slim-profile counter to maximise space. The cooker hood is hidden behind a cabinet front to reinforce the uniformity of the design.

Another studio kitchen in Nadi Bangsar

(L) Tall cabinets provide ample storage space. (R) A kitchen large enough to entertain guests. (Century Office System Enterprise pics)

This black-and-white combination kitchen has an edgy and spacious design. A wooden backsplash adds contrast and texture.

Cozy kitchen in Puchong

The ideal space to make an apple pie. (Meridian Inspiration pic)

If you love a classic English kitchen, this design is for you. The white countertop, panelled doors and terracotta tiles give off a very homey feel.

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