Kitchen is the heart of the home. It is that one place which has myriad memories that are homemade. Why? A pinch of patience, a dash of kindness, a spoonful of laughter and a heap of love – Is that not what the food that is cooked in the kitchen stands for?
These are some tips to keep in mind while designing your perfect kitchen:
1. Function over design
Let’s face it, kitchen is that one place where things tend to go haphazard and chaos might prevail as the day approaches its end. You’ve cooked the food, served it to the people, but no one wants a designer kitchen that doesn’t have the proper and enough space to make it look at least ‘a bit ‘ordered at the end. A kitchen should be designed keeping in mind that the basic functions of a kitchen – storage, preparation of food, cooking and washing dishes, are served properly. So always keep the function of the kitchen over the design, keeping in mind the correct spaces for a stove, slabs, sink, etc. Once the purpose is served, should one move to the design. Keep the design as classy and simple as possible. Don’t overdo it, for the kitchen already has a lot of things to incorporate and you don’t want to feel suffocated by having some intricate and complex designs on the tiles and cabinets.
2. Light n’ space
Most of the times, kitchens are given very less space to occupy in the house. Kitchens, if not huge, should at least be spacious enough to not make the person feel suffocated. Similarly, windows are made smaller and overhead lighting is not enough in this part of the house. Larger windows allow more light to come in the room and not make your kitchen look dull. Who wants to cook in a gloom light after all? Gloom Light is in fact a paradox. While the saying, “If you cannot stand the heat, get out of the kitchen,” reflects a lot the cook metaphorically, it also says a lot about the atmosphere inside the kitchen quite literally. Therefore, proper light and space helps in livening up the kitchen and not making the person cooking inside, claustrophobic. Also keep in mind to make the light fall in front of you and not behind you.
3. Use the space for storage
Leaving spaces on the wall, is inviting dirt to accumulate. One should fill up all the spaces on the wall and make the cabinets right up to the ceiling to avoid the accumulation of dust. Sufficient number of slabs and drawers should also be made to have enough space for storage of different utensils, spices and crockery.
4. Safety of the house and family
Let’s face it, kitchens are expected to get very ‘fiery’ (quite literally) at times. Have a separate place for a fire extinguisher. Try having a higher section in your kitchen and locating appliances that are very fixed, like ovens or toaster at this height, pushing them to the almost stick to the wall. Make sure your flooring is not slippery and there is an outdoor you can rush to, if it’s necessary. Safety of your family should always be kept into mind.
5. Sufficient power sources
Most kitchens suffer a lot, for they don’t have enough power sources. You have ovens, refrigerators, food processors, blenders and even phones for which you need a power point. It’s always advisable to have at least 8-10 power sources in your kitchen to have all the work done on time. Care should be taken while locating these power points, for something as wet as a sink can prove to dangerous at times.
From cutting fruits and vegetables, to opening cheese slices and chips, kitchen is the place where most things are opened. So, what to do? Always have particular places for bins. The part of the kitchen where you’re going to prepare the salad or cut the fruits should have a small carved in place for a bin. Built in bins, veiled behind cabinet doors should be used to put all the plastics. This helps separating organic from plastic, and in a place like India where we have a trash collecting cars, separating our garbage can be helpful. Organizing your trash can prevent your kitchen from standing at a pandemonium.
7. Chimneys and Exhaust
A chimney and exhaust is a must to keep the air clean inside the kitchen. Don’t feel restricted or be thoughtful about spending money on a good range hood. Buy one which is efficient, vented outside and doesn’t make a lot of noise. It’s funny how chimneys often scare of the kids. Yeah, they can get very noisy, so keep that in mind. Having an extra exhaust fan betters the atmosphere inside the kitchen.
8. Cabinets and Drawers
Most people use wooden cabinets for their kitchens. The mistake that they do is to make those wooden cabinets even near the sink. It’s almost catastrophic if the water seeps in and the whole wood gets destroyed in the kitchen. It’s hence advisable to always keep your sink separately and to not have anything wooden under, above or around the sink.
Kitchen designing has become the center of topic while designing a home, and people have become increasingly particular about how they want their kitchen to be.