Kitchens are the heart of homes and so are one of the most important rooms in modern homes. A recent invention of the 21st century, this contemporary concept of a modern kitchen consists of modules or smaller sections that are combined together to form a kitchen. These smaller sections are cabinets, shelves, and drawers which are designed in a manner to provide optimal use of space and function.
Today’s kitchen has evolved from a closed room to the most open and highly accessible space in the house. When it comes to kitchen remodelling, you need to consider many factors. The main design components that determine how spacious a kitchen feels are colour, lighting, and contents. A modular kitchen must be perfectly planned, from the layout to the appliances, and all must work cohesively to overcome the limitations of cooking in a confined space.
There are various different types of modular kitchen designs available in India.
Most Popular Modular Kitchen Designs:
There are 6 common types of modular kitchen designs which are an L-shaped kitchen layout, Straight Modular Kitchen, Parallel or Galley Kitchen, Island, U-shaped kitchen, Peninsula or G-shaped kitchen all of them have their own advantages and disadvantages. While planning your kitchen, you should keep in mind the floor plan of your kitchen to best choose between these types.
L-Shaped Kitchen Layout
L-shape kitchen is the most popular layout and the most ideal layout for small kitchens. Its popularity lies in the fact that it is versatile and provides a wider area for the work station as it consists of a single unit that is spread over two adjacent walls. Hence there is space for maximum storage and one can even fit a small dining table in the kitchen. All of this can be done in a small and compact area.
Parallel Modular Kitchen Layout
According to chefs, this is the most efficient layout and since they spend more time than anyone else in a kitchen we are inclined to agree. The parallel modular kitchen layout consists of two long work stations that run parallelly and are aligned against two walls. Between the two workstations, there is plenty of space for work and for appliances. It is also used when the kitchen is used as a passageway or if a utility balcony is connected to it. While all the different types of homes can be installed with this kitchen; it works best with kitchens that are long and narrow.
U-shaped Kitchen Layout
U-shape kitchen kind of layout is typically preferred if you have designated a relatively large area for the kitchen. In this layout, you can divide your workstation into cooking, preparation and washing areas, hence allowing for a more organized and functional workstation overall. The u-shaped layout provided the most storage space and is ideal for large families or people who are fond of cooking as it makes the whole experience easier. Owing to its versatility and spacious design, it can be a bit heavier on the pockets, but it is definitely money well spent.
Straight Modular Kitchen
This kitchen layout does not consist of a work triangle, the only one among the six to do so. This is because it is designed based on a straight line as mentioned in the name. It has all of its furniture and appliances like cabinets, hob, sink, and fridge aligned on a single wall. Its biggest advantage is that it does not utilize a lot of apartment space, provide optimal efficiency and a chic open-plan look. Straight Modular Kitchen is ideal for lofts and studio apartments because of its unobtrusive and versatile design but can also be used in houses with larger kitchen areas.
Island Modular Kitchen
This kitchen layout is also for the people who are fond of cooking especially for others. This is because its design provides for a much more organized, functional and not to mention stylish cooking experience. It comprises either a straight-lined kitchen or an L-shaped kitchen with an extra unconnected island space typically placed in the middle. This extra island can be used as a preparation counter, breakfast bar, and can even be installed with a stove or a sink. This is an ideal layout if your apartment is open-pan or if you love entertaining guests. It is also very spacious, organized and gives a contemporary look and feel.
Peninsula or G-shaped Kitchen Layout
This layout is quite similar to the island layout and consists of an extra standing workspace which can be used as a secondary counter or an entertainment area. The difference is that while the island is unconnected, the peninsula is attached to the main counter. Hence it can only be accessed from three rather than four sides. The advantage of the peninsula over the island is that it can be used in a kitchen with a smaller space and has all the advantages of the island layout while utilizing a much-smaller space. This kitchen layout looks stylish and organized due to its well-defined boundaries and separate cooking spaces. It also provides plenty of storage space and can even include a dining area.
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