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Kitchen Rules : Beautiful and innovative kitchen design solutions

 

Modular kitchens provide homeowners ample customization opportunities, right from colours and materials, to storage size and shape. Here are 6 tips to transform your kitchen from regular to modular.

Cooking can be distressing, a break from the daily grind. It would explain the growing trend of modular kitchen design solutions. A minimum requirement when considering to up-scale your kitchen is to make sure that the design works for you, in a practical and detail oriented manner. Every nook and cranny can be transformed to serve a purpose. While technique and precision are important it is just as important to have a beautiful and luxurious kitchen. Here AD has complied a few basic and simple tips to transform your kitchen from regular to modular.

Plan your layout
The thing with a modular kitchen is you need to commit to a layout. The biggest advantage is that you get a clear counter space, however your stove, oven and microwave all have a fixed location as they get flushed into wall cabinets. Measure out the distances. Don’t isolate your oven make sure you have a counter close enough to place your hot plates on.

Are your cooking and cleaning sections next to each other or diagonal? Does kitchen storage pose an issue? Here are some foolproof tips to help you create the perfect culinary set-up.

Always follow the ‘golden triangle’ rule: for optimum efficiency, your cooking, cleaning and storage areas should form a triangle. An equilateral triangle is ideal, but isosceles works too. This makes movement easy and fluid, and helps compartmentalize activities and requirements. Lining up stations next to each other hinders workflow. Everything you need in a particular area should be within arm’s reach.

Going according to the triangle ensures smooth functioning. Determine your counter height based on the height of the primary cook. Place the hob facing the window; it helps with ventilation and the view doesn’t hurt either.  

Apart from a good, easy-to-clean hob; a wide, shallow, well-lit fridge; and an oven based on your cooking interests; a high-quality mixer and grinder (or food processor) and a hand blender are essentials. Include appliances like toasters and stand mixers depending on your family’s dining habits. Electronic equipment should have its own cupboard—preferably one that is kitted out with plug points. Avoid keeping the fridge and the oven next to each other, for efficient energy consumption.

Spices, knives, cooking spoons and spatulas should be easily accessible if you are standing at the hob. One or two layers of shallow drawers above two layers of deep drawers under the cooking counter is a good storage ratio to have. Serving spoons can be in a drawer to the side of the hob, with other smaller equipment in the drawer below. Larger drawers can contain ingredients like grains and lentils, and everyday pots and saucepans. Assign one drawer for miscellaneous items, and label all of them.

If you have the luxury of space, a pantry is a must. A bigger kitchen allows more ingredients and equipment. Add a double sink if possible; it makes a huge difference to cleaning up.

If you’re short on counter space, bring in a light foldaway table. If you’re short on storage, place an additional wooden cupboard in the hallway or an adjacent room to use as a back-up pantry. The dining table can become part of the work surface if and when required.

Form should follow function when beautifying your kitchen. Grow herbs or microgreens, or use a bare wall for a vertical garden. Create an installation of dangling cooking spoons above your counter or set up a small cookbook library away from the cooking and cleaning areas.

 

Pick your colours
Avoid an all-white kitchen, it is high maintenance and requires regular cleaning. You can mix and match different combinations and use the lighter colours on top cabinets. Most companies will offer you pre-defined yet unusual combinations to choose for making your decision easier.

Select an appropriate height
We come in all shapes and sizes. It is possible to customize your counter height to suit your needs. Don’t opt for a higher counter in a quest to get more storage. It is possible to change the heights of your counters as the modular system can accommodate this customization.

Go for larger cabinets
Don’t break your cabinets into multiple tiny modules, it will make your kitchen look busy. Go for larger drawers that can accommodate smaller divisions within it.

Don’t forget the corners
Rotating carousels, elbow shelves and a range of new inventive designs are now common place. You no longer need to relegate your corner spaces to dead storage.

Do away with the handles
With innovative technology, it is possible to have cabinets and drawers without any handles, all you need is a light push. You don’t have to worry about cleaning them or getting your clothes stuck.

 

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