Kitchen Design, Cabinets, Appliances for Indian Homes
Essentials of Indian Kitchen Design
Cabinetry Countertop/workspace Hob, stove and chimney Space for the fridge and other kitchen appliances Sink and space for wet utensils Space for everyday utensils, crockery and cutlery A cool, dry space to store rice, flour and daals in bulk, as is often done in Indian homes
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The Indian kitchen is one of the most exciting spaces of a house - the place of wonderful aromas, and a place that we associate strongly with the idea of a home and family. We Indians quite love our food and are passionate about how it’s cooked and it’s variations, which makes the kitchen the most creative of all spaces.
The mention of an Indian kitchen makes us conjure up images of mustards sputtering, onions frying and chapathis being rolled deftly. No matter how small or big, it's important that you plan a kitchen according to your needs, to make cooking a fun and easy experience.
Designing a kitchen that not only looks good but offers practical functional space can be a challenge, especially for Indian cooking, that involves a wide range of processes.
You can design a kitchen from scratch, with a carpenter custom-making all the units, or you can choose to go in for a modular kitchen. Modular kitchens are being widely used nowadays for their smart storage solutions and hassle-free installation.
Indian cooking has a long and rich history, and is traditionally handed down within the family. A few decades ago, our grandparents ground their own spices and prepared their own flour. With every generation, however, the need for quick and efficient cooking has increased, and Indian kitchens have evolved accordingly.
Here are a few things to keep in mind while designing your kitchen.
Optimal and smart use of space is equally important for both big and small spaces. Think of the storage space you might need - overhead cabinets, floor cabinets, a space for everyday spices/oils, crockery, cutlery, etc. Also keep in mind the workspace you need for cutting vegetables, placing hot pans, whipping up salads or rolling chapathis. When you plan the layout, think of where the sink and wet utensils would go (preferably in a corner to save space). Do you need to mount a stand for utensils? If you use electrical appliances frequently, plan the space for a microwave, fridge, kettle, mixer/grinder, dishwasher, etc. with easy access to plug points for each. Most Indian kitchens also have balconies with a separate washing area and a space for the washing machine as well.
If you're going to be cooking 2-3 times a day, then you need a kitchen that can bear the brunt of it. The countertop material you choose should be easy to maintain, and resistant to heat, light, scratches and stains. If you plan to have more than one person cooking at a time, plan for a single-side or an L-shaped kitchen, that allows for more floor space. For smaller families, it might be useful to have an arch in the kitchen wall that has a separate serving/eating counter. For kitchens with lesser usage, especially if you're going to be away for long periods of time, the cabinets need to be especially safe, secure and resistant to pests . If you're going to be using large utensils often, it's wise to choose a reasonably good size of sink, otherwise you might have to keep washing dishes as you cook to make space.
3. Cooking purposes
Your daily diet and lifestyle determines the design of your kitchen. Regular deep-frying requires an efficient chimney, and in turn, a mesh/ventilator that can deal with the grease. Kitchen windows that can be easily opened are recommended so that there is no risk of smoke filling the room, especially in smaller spaces. If you're going to use a pressure cooker on the hob every day, it's generally advisable to have ceramic tiles on the walls, so that stains can be wiped off easily. If you use appliances like mixies, dishwashers, microwave, fridges, etc. plan the electrical wiring such that the load is split up among different circuits.
Since the options for customising a kitchen are endless, from the cabinet door handles to the closing mechanism of drawers, it's easy to get carried away and lose track of your budget. It's good to determine how much you're willing to spend beforehand. Fully customised modular kitchens are expensive, but make for a good investment as they are long-lasting. 'Stock' modular kitchens are ready-to-order but may not keep up with changing requirements. They are handy if you're going to be remodelling your kitchen every three years. Overall, your kitchen can be as designer and/or functional as you want it to be. Set a basic list of requirements taking into account decor, maintenance, budget and your lifestyle. In our busy lives, small irritants add to our stress, so make sure your kitchen is designed for a hassle-free and happy experience. If you're confused about which option to pick, always remember that practicality takes priority!
Kitchen Design: Planning & Installation Tips
Space and Functional Design
Depending on the space you have, multiple kitchen design options are available for you. Kitchens can come in multiple shapes and sizes: line kitchen, L shaped Kitchen U Shaped kitchen Island kitchen
Design your kitchen according to your space and cooking needs.
Indian Kitchens tend to get smoky, wet and hot. Make sure that you have proper ventilation and light to keep your kitchen as fresh as possible. If you do not have the right ventilation make sure to install the right chimney that can take out the strong Indian food odours and smoke. Make sure you have a suction capacity of at least a 1000 m3 per hour (cubic meter per hour). These tend to be quite noisy pick one where the motor can be kept outside the home to keep the noise out.
Use the right kitchen tiles to minimize the chance of slipping. The right tiles with cleaning as well. Indian kitchens need to be cleaned a lot. Keep this in mind when picking everything from tiles, cabinets, hobs, stoves, etc.
Now for the big things!
Kitchen Taps: Pick the right tap for you kitchen sink
For everything from rinsing, cooking to washing hands: The water tap is simply indispensable in the kitchen. Given that Indian kitchens get a lot of usage we suggest that you pick durable taps. Brass taps work well for a low use area and kitchens. We also recommend a spray arm for rinsing those dirty utensils. Check out our complete selection of kitchen taps here:
Kitchen Sinks: Designs, Ideas & Models
Sinks are an integral part of the kitchen. Whether you need them to wash vegetables, your hands or collect water to cook, a sink needs to be comfortable to use. Sinks can be either undermounted or a countertop. They can also be a single or double bowl. Pick a sink that goes well with the surrounding kitchen cabinets. We have a wide variety of stainless steel or SS sinks that you can browse for here:
Modular Kitchens: Why Modular Kitchens are a good idea
Modular kitchens are a cost effective and time saving way to get a kitchen made cheap and fast. Since they are made keeping in mind the latest designs and trends they look brilliant as well. Modular kitchens designs work well for small kitchens. They go well as a part of Indian kitchen interiors. They are made of a variety of materials such as stainless steel, MDF, wood, granite, marble, etc.
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Kitchen Cabinets: Get your kitchen organized.
The Kitchen has a special place in an Indian home. At the center of the kitchen is the kitchen cabinetry. You can get these kitchens custom made or buy factory made modular kitchens. There are advantages and disadvantages to both.
Kitchen cabinets are a special category of furniture and are unique to the kitchen. They need to well thought out and designed given the space available to you.
What makes the modern kitchen so special in an Indian home? It has become a space not just of preparing those amazing curries and pastas but has also become a space to enjoy a quick meal and have an informal meal with close friends.
Kitchen cabinets consist of the hanging cabinets, drawers, baskets and pullouts. You need to design and arrange these together into a format that suits your space and style. Please keep in mind to leave space for your electrical appliances such as blenders, ovens, dishwashers, fridges, etc.
Kitchen Appliances: Why Kitchen Appliances and Accessories are a good investment
A home is more efficient if you have the right kitchen appliances and accessories to help you as you look to make a quick meal or entertain that special someone. The latest electrical and electronic kitchen appliances provide help you save time and energy in food preparation, clean up and storage. They are available in many sizes and shapes and can used both in a small kitchen as well as large ones.
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