10 Crucial Design Questions Answered Specifically For Indian Kitchens

Last updated on March 29th, 2022

Designing a kitchen requires functionality as well as aesthetics. While planning one according to your needs, it is essential to incorporate into the plan your household’s way of cooking and use of the kitchen area.

Here are a few commonly asked questions that will help you design yours to perfection!

1. What are the salient features of a well-designed kitchen?

What does ‘well-designed’ really mean? There is a considerable element of subjectivity involved here, for design, much like food or art, is a personal choice. But in kitchen design – everything surrounds the work triangle. So that would take priority for sure. So, most importantly:

–Your kitchen should capitalize on the available natural light.

–Keep an optimal work triangle in mind.

–The kitchen must have adequate space for you and your family to move around and reduce chances of accidents and injuries.

2. Why do you need an interior designer for your kitchen?

You never service your car on your own or give yourself a haircut! This is mainly because you need specialists for these jobs. And designing a kitchen is no different. Here are 2 important reasons you should use them:
• They specialize in understanding your needs and turning them into functional designs.
• They can help you create miracles that you didn’t think were possible with your budget or space – with their experience.

3. What steps are involved in designing a kitchen’s interiors?

Site Visit: It is advisable to visit your new home to be involved in the design process. It also gives your designer a solid visual context to develop realistic designs.
Design: The designer creates plans and shares them with homeowners as a 2BD or 3D render, allowing them to imagine their home exactly.
Production: If you choose modular furniture, it is pre-fabricated in factories. However, customized furniture needs to be created on the site.
Installation: Finally, all the parts come together to complete the interior of your home: carpentry, furniture, flooring, and all other decor items.

4. What can shoot up the interior cost of my kitchen?

Demolition: Renovating an existing kitchen involves demolition costs. Even in case of new construction, if you want to change the kitchen’s layout or make minor structural changes, excessive demolition can increase the internal cost.
Customization: The most significant rule of interior design is that the price of modular parts is always lower than that of furniture that has been customized to a certain extent.
Structural inconsistencies: If you have a ceiling with an uneven surface or has seepage, it can increase the cost of coverage. Also, if the shape of your house is not linear or standard, the costs will tend to be more than usual.

5. What are some features good to have in an Indian kitchen?

Every Indian kitchen needs a solid chimney to keep all the pungent odors from oil and smoke away. Yet another feature worth having in an Indian kitchen is having two sinks.

6. Which type of kitchen cabinet is best for an Indian home?

Cabinets in a kitchen can be divided into three sections depending on their location – base cabinets, wall cabinets, and lofts. These can be divided into general, tall, and mid-tall depending on the size. In Indian-style kitchen design, any combination of these cabinets can provide optimal storage. It depends on the way you use your space. Also, most designers agree that each kitchen should have a pantry fitted with pull-out shelves.

7. Since Indian cuisine is extensive, what kind of wood is suitable for our kitchens?

Hardwood kitchen cabinets are not very popular in India. Since they are costly and require a lot of maintenance. What we see instead is the use of plywood with different finishes. Typically, BWR (boiling water resistant) plywood is used for wet areas of the kitchen. You can use engineered wood or any other variety of plywood for the rest. The quality and properties of the plywood used, determine the cost and durability of the kitchen.

8. What equipment should I have in my kitchen for primary Indian cooking?

Chimneys are essential in the design of Indian-style kitchens. Moreover, an oven or a microwave (both in some cases) has become the main thing in any kitchen nowadays. The choice is to make hollow, open cabinets or keep built-in appliances. The hub can also be built-in or placed separately. Built-in equipment is more seamless and space-efficient. Appliances like dishwashers are not essential for Indian cuisine as most people have house-help doing the dishes. Other equipment, such as mixer-grinders, toasters, etc. can be placed inside cabinets.

9. Do Indian kitchens need open storage?

To a certain extent, whether you need open shelves or not depends on how you use your kitchen and how much you cook. However, in a typical Indian kitchen, regularly used spices are many. Considering we use a lot of spices in our food, it is a good idea to have at least a few open shelves or spice racks, to keep them handy.

10. Is having a modular kitchen essential?

The primary reason is that modular furniture makes your kitchen efficient and saves money. In addition, modular kitchens can be quickly installed and moved from one home to another if necessary.

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