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Home owners who plan to remodel their kitchens, are likely to have skimmed through a number of magazines and online websites, to shortlist several design ideas suited for their homes. However, this may not be all that easy, as sometimes, the design may exceed your budget, while some designs may not fit the shape of your kitchen. Sometimes, what you like is not what others in your family like. With so many factors to be kept in mind, we suggest five kitchen design ideas, to help you make a decision.
Kitchen design ideas for small homes
For most people who are living in big cities and paying huge EMIs, to own a property somewhere near the centre of the city, a 700-1,000 sq ft property is all that they call home. Kitchen design ideas from fancy architecture magazines may not suit such home owners. Here’s what you must think about before you begin:
- Ensure that there are enough shelves and storage space, to accommodate all that your kitchen holds.
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- Keep in mind that every little item requires a designated space, or else it will end up on your kitchen counter and other odd places.
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- Know where you are going to keep the wet waste and allot a dedicated space for it.
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- A loft may be a good idea, to hold and store utensils that you do not use regularly.
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- Understand whether you need a modular or a traditional kitchen, or a mix of both.
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- Decide whether you would prefer a double-bowl washbasin or a single basin.
- What suits your kitchen best: An open or a closed format?
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- Know which direction is the best as per Vastu
In India, Vastu Shastra holds great significance. Kitchens should ideally be in the south-east direction of your home. If this is not possible, the north-west direction should also work.
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- Once you have figured out the above, make a mental picture of how to go about it.
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Kitchen design ideas for large homes
If you have a big home, you might not have to struggle with space. However, this does not mean that the process of selecting a design will be free of confusion. Here are some tips and tricks to keep in mind.
Design idea for a square-shaped kitchens
You could place a table in the kitchen with seating space (or even your dining table) to make use of the ample space in the kitchen.
Design idea for rectangular kitchens
Some kitchens do not have the benefit of space on all sides. Resultantly, you will have to make do with the length that is available. While the distance between your stove and the working area may not be ample, you could designate space for everything and thus, convert the limitations of a rectangular space into something that truly works for you. Use the length of the kitchen to spread the shelves and opt for a design that does not look too heavy on one side.
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Design idea for large, open-format kitchens
There is a lot you can do with large spaces. Use the space to create a comfortable ambience. Opt for a design that lets you walk about, without bumping into things and furniture. Use accessories that are kitchen-specific and do not go overboard.
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Design idea for large, closed-format kitchens
A closed kitchen is not a problem if there is ample space for everything. In fact, it will help you to maintain the privacy of kitchen space.
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What is the best kitchen design for small homes?
A utilitarian kitchen works for anyone and everyone. All you need to do is keep out the clutter and keep only the things that you use regularly. Do not forget to keep a designated space for everything from the large containers to the ladle.
Are modular kitchens better?
There are modular kitchens, traditional ones and semi-modular or semi-traditional ones too. Some good modular brands help you keep the kitchen prim, proper and looking spacious. For Indian kitchens, a semi-modular look may be better.
What are some of the brands for modular kitchens?
Hettich, Johnsons Kitchens, Godrej Interio, Kohler and Hafele are some of the popular brands. Check the costing before you finalise.