7 chic, functional kitchens, and designer tips on how to achieve it

1. Integrate your dining and kitchen space
Design director of Akihaus Design Studio, Lawrence Puah, says that practicality should always be the key consideration in kitchen design, particularly in small kitchens. "This means giving priority to creating as much counter space as possible. In doing so, it may mean that a homeowner's dream of a kitchen island may not be practical. Avoid going for an island which ends up looking like a stump in the middle of the kitchen, and losing counter space for food preparation," he says.

Design: Akihaus Design Studio