8 Ways To Decorate a Small Kitchen in Nigeria

April 19, 2024
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8 Ways To Decorate a Small Kitchen in Nigeria

Decorating a small kitchen in Nigeria can be quite a challenge, right? 

I know how tough it can be to find space for everything while still making it look good. 

But don’t worry, I’ve navigated the small kitchen trenches and emerged victorious!

Having a small kitchen means we need to think smart about using our space. It’s not just about making it look pretty; it’s about making it work well for you, too.

So, I’m going to share eight simple ways to decorate a small kitchen in Nigeria.

These tips are all about combining function and style to make your small kitchen both cozy and efficient. 

Let’s dive in and make our kitchen spaces delightful!

8 Ways To Decorate a Small Kitchen in Nigeria

1. Declutter and Maximize Storage

First things first, we need to talk about decluttering. It’s like magic for making your kitchen feel bigger! Too much stuff can make your small space feel even smaller. So, get rid of things you don’t need. 

If you haven’t used something in months, maybe it’s time to donate it or pass it on to someone who needs it.

Now, about storing things smartly. You’ve got to think upwards! Vertical storage solutions are fantastic. 

Think about using the walls for hanging shelves or racks. Under-cabinet organizers are great, too—they keep things tidy and off the countertops. And don’t forget about pull-out drawers; they make it easy to reach everything without having to dig around.

2. Embrace Light and Bright Colors

Moving on to colors, light and bright is the way to go. 

These colors make your kitchens feel more open and airy. 

In Nigeria, we love vibrant colors, but for small kitchens, softer shades like pale blue, light grey, or creamy white can really open up the space. 

And, of course, you can add a bit of your personality with some patterned accents, like a colorful backsplash or decorative tiles.

3. Keep Countertops Clear

Let’s talk countertops. Keeping them clear is crucial. 

It’s not just about looking neat; it’s about having space to cook and prepare our meals comfortably. 

For appliances, think about which ones you really use every day. Maybe a smaller, multi-functional appliance could free up some space. And for the ones we use often, how about some clever storage solutions? Like a hanging rack for pots and pans, or a hidden shelf for the toaster and blender.

Have you ever dreamed of having a kitchen designed exactly for you? 

Imagine a space where everything has its designated spot and countertop clutter is a thing of the past.  Well, that dream can become a reality!

Mixta Africa offers stunning apartments in Marula Park in Lekki.  These apartments boast well-designed kitchens that are perfect for any cooking enthusiast.

What is even more interesting is that you can own an apartment in Marula Park via the Rent-to-Own scheme by Mixta Africa: This scheme allows you to gradually transition from renting to owning your dream apartment, complete with a kitchen designed for your needs.

Marula apartment kitchen
Marula Apartment Dream Kitchen

4. Use Smart Window Treatments

Let the sunshine in! 

Choosing the right window treatments can make a big difference in your small kitchen. You want something that lets in plenty of natural light to make the space feel bigger and more welcoming. 

Sheer curtains are a fantastic choice because they let light in while still giving us a bit of privacy. Roman blinds are another great option; they’re stylish, practical, and don’t take up too much space.

But remember, while you love the light, you also need to think about privacy. So, choose window treatments that balance both needs, making your kitchen feel bright and secure at the same time.

5. Think Small When it Comes to Appliances

Now, onto appliances. In a small kitchen, big appliances can take up way too much room. So, thinking small can be a game-changer. 

Smaller appliances free up counter and floor space, making everything feel less crowded. In Nigeria, we have access to a variety of compact appliances like mini-fridges, tabletop cookers, and more.

Also, let’s not forget about multi-functional appliances. These are real space savers! 

Imagine having one appliance that can blend, chop, and even cook. It means less clutter and more room for cooking up your delicious meals.

7. Use Vertical Storage 

In a small kitchen, you must look up – literally! Using vertical space wisely can make a huge difference. 

You can’t let any space go to waste, so think about wall-mounted shelves, hanging pot racks, or even magnetic knife strips. These options keep your counters clear and your essentials within reach.

But be careful, okay? Safety first! When you’re installing shelves or racks, you need to make sure they’re secure and won’t fall down. 

Following safety guidelines is a must to ensure everything stays in place without any accidents.

8. Embrace Nigerian Style

Now, let’s add a sprinkle of home to your kitchen with some Nigerian flair! 

Incorporating elements of Nigerian design can give our kitchen a warm, personal touch. 

You can play with vibrant colors, patterned fabrics, or even some locally sourced artwork.

But remember, in a small space, less is often more. You want to add personality without making the space feel cluttered. 

So, choose a few standout pieces that really speak to your style and make your kitchen uniquely yours.

P.s. If you’re considering a great apartment to explore these design tips, the DUO 2-bedroom Marula Park home in Lagos New Town, just off the Lekki Epe Expressway, could be your dream spot.

These homes are designed with elegance and practicality in mind, situated in a vibrant community that’s perfect for both young professionals and families.


Decorating a small kitchen in Nigeria is all about balance and smart choices.

Remember, it’s not just about making it look good; it’s about making it work well for you at the same time. With these tips, you can transform your small kitchen into a delightful and efficient space where cooking becomes a joy.

Check out my other helpful resource on modern kitchen cabinet design ideas for 2024

Author’s Note: Hi, I’m Joy – a seasoned finance professional based in Lekki, Lagos. I balance a fulfilling career with successful real estate investments in Nigeria. Join me as I share insights on navigating the world of real estate investments in Nigeria. Let’s find your dream home and unlock financial success together!




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