KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 — We Malaysians are crazy about food. So it’s no surprise that this obsession shows up at home in the kitchen, too. Whether it’s small or large, narrow or wide kitchen, everyone wants to create their own perfect kitchen that will turn them into master chefs (or appear to be one).

With the right layout, countertops, cabinets, backsplash, and appliances, you can make your kitchen space as functional and stylish as you want.

To get you inspired, take a look at these great ideas from RecomN.com recommended Malaysian interior designers:

1. Industrial and metallic in Bukit Jalil

This galley type kitchen can be both functional and sleek. Lots of stainless steel creates an industrial, no nonsense kitchen where everything is clean and streamlined.

 — Picture courtesy of A&A Concept
— Picture courtesy of A&A Concept

2. Mixed materials

Hardwood floors, laminate cabinets, steel skirting, and a tiled backsplash gives this kitchen a strong, durable feel. The ceiling fan helps aide circulation.

— Picture courtesy of Alpex Design
— Picture courtesy of Alpex Design

3.  Seamless in Bukit Ceylon

Floor-to-ceiling mirrors create the illusion of height and reflect light, along with transparent chairs to keep the space brighter.

 — Picture courtesy of AMG Interior Design
— Picture courtesy of AMG Interior Design

4. Illusion of depth in Wangsa Maju

A reflective wall along the entire length of the countertop helps extend the kitchen, while strategically placed task lighting provides ample illumination on the work surfaces, giving both a functional and aesthetically pleasing space.

— Picture courtesy of B&N
— Picture courtesy of B&N

5. Wood and stone in Kota Damansara

The textures are superbly rich in this kitchen.

— Picture courtesy of Bold and Dot
— Picture courtesy of Bold and Dot

6.  Classic American

Cream-coloured cabinets give this kitchen some country style, adding warmth and cosiness to this small space.

— Picture courtesy of Bonnieblue Furniture & Interiors
— Picture courtesy of Bonnieblue Furniture & Interiors

7.  A small space for entertaining in Bukit Tinggi, Klang

Add some decoration to your kitchen that will not interfere with your food preparation. Shelving creates an ornamental touch to the wall by keeping things neatly displayed.

— Picture courtesy of Creativo Interior Design
— Picture courtesy of Creativo Interior Design

8. Space age in Ambang Botanic, Klang

This clean and green kitchen feels like the inside of a sci-fi movie.

— Picture courtesy of Design Spirits
— Picture courtesy of Design Spirits

9.  A touch of whimsy in Kepong

Chalkboard walls and veneered cabinets give the space that fun vibe. This can be ideal for kitchen owners with young children to develop their creativity by giving them a wall to illustrate your latest recipes.

— Picture courtesy of Dsgnpholio
— Picture courtesy of Dsgnpholio

10.  An island of many uses in Gurney Drive, Penang

This kitchen island can be used for food preparation, as a dining area, breakfast nook and even working table.

— Picture courtesy of Ethnic
— Picture courtesy of Ethnic

11.  The floating counter in Bukit Pantai

This kitchen island cleverly uses reflective walls so that even in a small kitchen, the space doesn’t feel cramped.

— Picture courtesy of Ho & Yin Design Studio
— Picture courtesy of Ho & Yin Design Studio

12. Corners and angles in Sunway

When you have a small space, every nook and cranny can be used as storage space. This kitchen even features a corner bookshelf where you can easily access those cookbooks for your favourite recipes.

— Picture courtesy of InD’Finity Design
— Picture courtesy of InD’Finity Design

13. Add depth and function to a tiny kitchen

Many tricks are used here, including a fully mirrored wall, mirrored cabinets, display shelves, and counter seating.

— Picture courtesy of Inno Space Interior Design
— Picture courtesy of Inno Space Interior Design

14. A warm and cosy cafe

This kitchen opts for parquet and wood panelled walls to create a space that entertains while preparing.

— Picture courtesy of JGiConcept Design
— Picture courtesy of JGiConcept Design

15.  Rustic

Even with sleek and modern appliances, using wood for the interior creates an organic feel to the space. By sourcing from local wood suppliers in Malaysia, you will also help reduce your carbon footprint.

— Picture courtesy of Kava Decor KL
— Picture courtesy of Kava Decor KL

16. Farmhouse style in Puchong

Bricks and tiles give this kitchen a spacious, homey feel.

— Picture courtesy of Meridian Interior Design
— Picture courtesy of Meridian Interior Design

17.  High ceiling in Cheras

Make use of the vertical space to make a grand statement.

— Picture courtesy of MSR Design
— Picture courtesy of MSR Design

18. Elegance in black

Only the finest quality ingredients are allowed in this kitchen.

— Picture courtesy of Neo In Design
— Picture courtesy of Neo In Design

19.  Marble transition

This kitchen combines old and new with modern appliances, marble backsplash, panelled cabinets, and a kitchen mantel.

— Picture courtesy of Nobel Interior Design
— Picture courtesy of Nobel Interior Design

20.  Wet and dry

Where space allows, many Malaysians would opt for a dry and wet kitchen. This kitchen uses stainless steel as the main workhorse in the wet section, and an all-white design in the dry area.

— Picture courtesy of Paul Pris
— Picture courtesy of Paul Pris

21.  Red accents in Lakefield, Sungei Besi

A pop of red adds a nice touch to an otherwise monochrome kitchen.

— Picture courtesy of PDI Design
— Picture courtesy of PDI Design

22. A backsplash that really pops in Bayan Mutiara, Penang

The stone tiles are the hero feature in this kitchen.

— Picture courtesy of Archiplan
— Picture courtesy of Archiplan

23. Scarlet statement in Kuchai Lama

Generous use of red and orange creates a cheerful space — and happy cooks.

— Picture courtesy of Space Focus
— Picture courtesy of Space Focus

24.  Black and white in Skudai, Johor Baru

Clean is still in and that can easily be achieved with the black and white colour combination. When mixed with clean lines and ample lighting, it easily becomes a comfortable space to unwind.

— Picture courtesy of Team BJ Design & Contracts
— Picture courtesy of Team BJ Design & Contracts

25.  Texture and prints in Tropicana

Wooden textures and designer tiles on a mostly white space add surprising touches to the space. These design elements are not often used in a kitchen but when done right, they become conversation pieces.

— Picture courtesy of Terra Kitchen
— Picture courtesy of Terra Kitchen

26. A canvas that can be changed easily in Kiara Hill

When everything is white and airy, it is easy to add accent pieces to create different looks for the space. Today, you can add potted plants and herbs to the kitchen, and tomorrow, a bowl of fruits can be that decorative element. A white colour scheme adds versatility to the design.

— Picture courtesy of Turn Design
— Picture courtesy of Turn Design

27.  One-wall kitchen in Desa Park City

When living in a condominium or an apartment, keeping everything to one side of the unit is a clever trick. This minimises visual clutter, especially when you live in a limited space.

— Picture courtesy of Verde Design
— Picture courtesy of Verde Design

28. Minimalist

Minimalist designs can be achieved by choosing the right appliances, furniture and accessories. Use storage space underneath sinks and counter space. Overhead are wide storage cabinets that can fit items of different sizes.

— Picture courtesy of Vsens Interior Design
— Picture courtesy of Vsens Interior Design

29.  Cellar in Kajang

The bar and kitchen are clearly sectioned in this space. You can easily prepare your favourite cocktails along with some bar appetizers when the kitchen is easily accessible.

— Picture courtesy of xTwo Concept
— Picture courtesy of xTwo Concept

30. Veneer in Ara Damansara

This kitchen uses veneer cabinets for texture, while the unusual layout helps divide the space into different work areas.

— Picture courtesy of YT Interior Design
— Picture courtesy of YT Interior Design