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Modular kitchens are popular due to the sleekness they bring to any home. In India, over the past few years, they have replaced the traditional style kitchens as they not only look good but also are more efficient. However, when opting for modular kitchen designs, one needs to ensure that the measurements are accurate and that every unit meets a specific requirement so that the kitchen looks neat and well organized.
Whether it’s for designing a new kitchen or renovating an existing one, we’ve put together some tips to help get the modular kitchen designed to perfection.
1. Deciding on the layout of the modular kitchen
The most significant part of designing a modular kitchen is to decide on the layout that is most suitable for the area. One also needs to consider the various elements such as storage and appliances that need to be incorporated into the kitchen. It’s best to work with a professional who will help to optimize the space by putting every inch to use. Additionally, it’s vital to follow the triangle rule to ensure that the stove, sink and refrigerator are set in a triangular layout, within easy access from one another.
Depending on the layout of the area, the professional will suggest one of the most common layouts:
L-shaped modular kitchen
The L-shaped layout has the modular kitchen cabinets and counters set in two rows that are perpendicular to each other. Usually, one of the arms of the ‘L’ is shorter than the other. This layout is ideal for a small and narrow kitchen.
In an open plan home, where the kitchen is a part of the hall that includes the living room and the dining area, often, there’s not enough space for more than a single straight line into which the stove and the modular kitchen storage needs to be accommodated.
For a room that is long and narrow, the galley layout, which has two rows of modular kitchen units set parallel to each other, is ideal.
For kitchens that are so spacious that they can have cabinets or counters along three walls, the U-shaped layout can work very well. This layout can also be used for small modular kitchens, which require additional elements organized within the limited space.
An island refers to a floating unit that is separate from the rest of the cabinets and counters. It can be added to almost any layout but is usually most suited to large kitchens, which have enough space to move around comfortably on all sides of the island.
2. Measuring the space for the modular kitchen cabinets and storage
Accurate measurements are essential for modular kitchens as even the slightest error will mean that a cabinet won’t fit flush against the wall. Measuring the area also gives a better idea of the type of units that can be included. Additionally, the size of the units will also depend on the height of the counter. In India, the recommended height for the kitchen counter is between 34 to 36 inches. However, this height can be customized to suit the height of the family members. Once the height of the counter is decided, one can get an idea of the amount of storage that can be installed under the counters as well as on the wall over it. Bear in mind that a counter that is too high will result in the over-counter cabinets being difficult to access.
Don’t forget about the area where the appliances such as refrigerators and built-in ovens or gas ranges will be placed! Additionally, it’s advisable to plan for more storage than one needs as the cabinets will run out of space in a few months.
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3. Choosing the colour scheme of the modular kitchen
When browsing through modular kitchen ideas, bear in mind that the kitchen has more elements than just the cabinets and the countertops. The floor, backsplash tiles, walls and appliances should match to present a well-coordinated look. Ideally, one should choose light or neutral shades to keep the kitchen looking bright and airy. A few splashes of colour can be added on the backsplash or introduced through bold-toned appliances.
4. Ventilation and lighting in modular kitchens
Besides colour, the lighting and ventilation contribute towards making a kitchen pleasant and comfortable for preparing or eating meals. There’s nothing like natural light to create a soothing ambiance. However, since not every kitchen has ample natural light, one should look at alternate sources of illumination to light up the workspaces as well as to provide ambient lighting within the kitchen. A simple idea for providing lighting for the countertops is to install lights under the modular kitchen cabinets. Similarly, if the kitchen has an eat-in counter, one can consider installing hanging lampshades over it.
Providing ventilation in the kitchen is essential especially in Indian homes, where the smell of spices can otherwise waft through to the rest of the home. If the kitchen has a window, then the modular kitchen storage can be designed around it, so that the windows can be opened to refresh the air in the room. For kitchens without a window, a suction hood or an exhaust fan must be installed.
5. Choosing the right modular kitchen accessories
While cabinets provide space for storage, for keeping the interiors of the cupboards organized, one needs modular kitchen accessories. For example, pull-out racks or drawers present more efficient storage than shelves as the improve the accessibility to items placed at the back. Similarly, for saving space within the cabinet, one can install tiered drawers or racks for storing cutlery. Pocket shelves on the inside of the doors are another great space-saving solution for modular kitchens.
Additionally, one might need wall accessories such as rods with hooks, for hanging mugs, kitchen towels or spoons, or open shelves for placing spice and oil bottles within reach while cooking. The corners in the kitchen are often overlooked, but since the idea behind modular kitchens is to make the area more efficient, it’s essential to ensure that the corners of L-shaped or U-shaped kitchen layouts don’t turn into dead space. Modular kitchen cabinets come with specially designed corner units with swivel systems or swing out racks, which allow easy access to things stored in the far corner of the unit.
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6. Appliances for modular kitchens
Last, but not the least, it’s vital to choose sleek and modern appliances for the kitchen so that it matches the overall design of the room. It’s advisable to choose the appliances keeping in mind the measurement of the area reserved for them as well as the overall design style of the modular kitchen to ensure that the finish of the appliance matches with it. For example, a side-by-side refrigerator will occupy twice the area as a two-door one. Therefore, unless space is allocated for a larger refrigerator, it won’t fit into the kitchen once the cabinets are installed.
Planning the layout of a modular kitchen is a task that is best left to professional kitchen planners as not only do they have the experience and expertise in designing the perfect layout that incorporates all the essential elements but also are aware of the latest materials, systems and accessories that can be used to make the kitchen efficient and sleek.