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White, Wood, Pastels or Colour Wardrobe Designs?
Pick your favourite!
Ever wondered how your wardrobe could be a style statement? Designing a modular wardrobe is not just a storage unit anymore, but an essential element that will complement the interior design scheme of a bedroom. The way we deck up wardrobes matters on the outside too.
That’s right, we’re talking colours! Wardrobe colours matter and it defines your bedroom aesthetics. Take a look at some of the most popular wardrobe colours that move with time, and we’ll tell you why we love them too!
1. Pastel wardrobes
Designing a modular wardrobe with light hues that add both warmth and brightness is a wonderful choice. Using a two-colour pastel combination of wardrobe designs creates a spacious look of the room. These soothing tones are great for master bedroom wardrobe designs, as well as kids wardrobe designs. Subtle shades like creams with dusty jades in combination with ivory are a delightful two-colour combination of wardrobe design.
2. White wardrobes
Well, you cannot go wrong with white. It’s classy, charming and adds a touch of serenity to wardrobe designs. If you have a small bedroom, opting for a shade like white for the wardrobe design could make the room look a little spacious. Not to forget, white wardrobes reflect light, which adds to the space factor. White colour veneer finish wardrobe designs are beautiful in bedrooms.
3. Coloured wardrobes
Yes, we love colours on wardrobes. But there are certain colours we do not recommend unless it’s your only choice of a dream modular wardrobe design. If your walls have neutral or lighter shades, choosing a dark coloured wardrobe design would look perfect. But remember that solid dark wardrobe colours can impart a dull look to your bedroom if the walls have a dark shade too and are not Vastu compliant if you believe in this science.
Bright colour combinations like yellows and whites on wardrobes are ‘happy’ colours, and mixing up elegant shades work well for a bold look too! Dark wardrobes can make the room look smaller, hence going for a two-colour combination of wardrobe design that compliments your bedroom walls would be a great choice
4. Wooden wardrobes
This wardrobe design gives an earthy yet traditional look to any bedroom. Indian homes love wooden wardrobes for their charm and panache! Elegant shades of browns (cherry, oak, mahogany and teak) could be used to customise a wooden wardrobe design that will highlight the bedroom aesthetics. Moreover, wooden wardrobes are durable and easy to maintain.
Choosing a colour for your modular wardrobe design need not be compulsory, and the spotlight may not always be on the wardrobe. But it brings light to your bedroom features. If you think a wardrobe colour would look good in your room, get in touch with us!
With a showroom in Ernakulam (Kochi) and Thrissur and servicing Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Alappuzha, Idukki, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode (Calicut), Wayanad, Coimbatore and Kannur areas, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for designing a wardrobe design in your favourite colour.
Hacking Storage Infinity
Hack your wardrobe design to open the wardrobe doors to unlimited storage
Whether your modular wardrobe has massive space or is a tucked-up corner of your bedroom, wardrobes could occasionally use a revamp. If you are a confused individual using your modular wardrobe to just store your clothes and accessories, we recommend this article for you.
Owning a dreamy modular wardrobe means using it to its full potential. Ask yourself if you could improve ways to store your stuff and give your wardrobe interiors a makeover. We have put together a few tips that could help you upgrade your wardrobe space.
1. For small wardrobe owners
- Fit components that hang clothes closer to each other, giving it a boutique style of arrangement.
- The extra spaces can be used for shelves that will fit shoes, bags, and other accessories.
- Tiny hooks can be placed inside for hanging bags or coats.
- If the space allows, opt for shelf dividers to keep stacks intact.
- If the wardrobe design inside is limited, consider getting storage baskets for keeping accessories and shoes.
- Get creative, let your wardrobe imaginations run wild. Choose to hang a few of your favorite accessories on coat racks (along with your coats!).
- Before deciding to re-stack your clothes inside the wardrobe, filter out clothing and accessories that you’re less likely to use and arrange the important ones in order.
- A bonus tip- Fold, roll up and place light clothing in drawers or on small stacks on shelves to save space for all your extras! (The higher the pile, the more likely it is to fall. Hence, go for smaller
2. For wardrobes with ample space
- Create a ‘dress up’ station by utilizing some space in your modular wardrobe design. This works best for walk-in type wardrobes wherein a mirror can be placed in one corner, with many hooks to hang clothes and accessories.
- Display your best accessories, the ones you’ll keep and love forever! A few hooks or rails can be placed behind wardrobe doors for this or make a designated space with an LED spotlight on those accessories. As a plus point, open storage lets you find your favorite things without a hustle.
- Categorize your clothes based on formal and casual, and subcategorize them into tops and bottoms. Furthermore, you can separate them based on sleeve lengths (short to long), colors (light to dark), and even have a separate category for special occasion clothes.
- When arranging shoes in your modular wardrobe, categorization is a smart move, but what’s smarter is the way to arrange it in a ‘reverse’ shoe method – alternating each pair from front to back. This allows more room for a sophisticated shoe display as well as airing out your expensive footwear.
- If you can invest in a stylish modular wardrobe, you might as well consider matching hangers for the interior design of your wardrobe. It gives a sleek appearance to your wardrobe.
- Want to hide a TV inside your modular wardrobe? Fitted wardrobes conceal such objects best!
- Make use of adjustable dividers within the drawers of wardrobes. It helps in maintaining a clean look of drawers.
As a golden rule in wardrobe organisation, make sure you refresh and reorganise your wardrobe every season. Be mindful about how much you spend stacking your wardrobe as well. Once you organise your wardrobe, chances are you’ll be happier to dedicate time to keep it looking good!
With a showroom in Ernakulam (Kochi) and Thrissur and servicing Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Alappuzha, Idukki, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode (Calicut), Wayanad, Coimbatore and Kannur areas, reach out to us at email@example.com for designing a unique storage-packed wardrobe design.
Let it Slide
All about Sliding Wardrobe Designs
When we talk about wardrobes, the main aspects we look for in a modular wardrobe design are the space, storage and definitely, the style. When all of these factors align in perfection, a sliding wardrobe design is the best option to choose from the various other designs.
Why sliding wardrobe designs are great in modular homes
- Easy access to all your storage needs
- Great for compact bedroom spaces too
- Offers a great style to modular bedrooms, compared to traditional storage solutions
- Can be customised with colours and finishes that suit a bedroom architectural layout
- Makes use of more floor space, rather than taking up extra space of the other areas in the room
What sliding wardrobe door designs look like
- The wardrobe door designs can be customised as minimalist, contemporary or in a cool modern style.
- Sliding wardrobe designs with mirrors create an illusion of more space in the room, with added light to accentuate the room space. Mirrors add a glam factor to wardrobes as well!
- Themed bedroom designs can have a themed wardrobe door design too. The sliding door of this modular wardrobe design can serve as a canvas, hence blending with the theme of the room.
- Who said frosting is just for cupcakes? Frosted glass sliding wardrobes are a modern solution to hiding what’s inside your wardrobe. Here’s a pro-tip, frosted sliding doors merge beautifully with brickwork walls, giving it an overall chic look.
- Want both mirrors and patterns on your sliding door wardrobe? The good news is, it’s possible. With the mirror being integrated into the sliding door, one panel covers the mirror part, whereas the pattern is copied onto the other sliding door of the wardrobe design.
- A dual finish sliding wardrobe like combining glass and laminate enhances the look of your wardrobe. It can be further customised according to one’s personal choice of colour combinations.
- Extra storage can be added in sliding wardrobe designs by fitting open shelves.
- If you have a bedroom wall to spare, think about a wall of wardrobes. The wall-to-wall wardrobes have sliding doors that stretch across the room, making it an element of interest.
- Glass wardrobe sliding door designs are the new minimalist and classy option for your modular wardrobe. The contents of the wardrobe would be on display, making it the absolute choice for styling any modern bedroom.
When you need functionality and style, choosing a modular wardrobe design can make you think twice. When in doubt, consider designing sliding door wardrobes as they are exquisite options to make your bedroom look elegant and minimalist.
Still not sure? Give us a call, we’ll serve you better. With a showroom in Ernakulam (Kochi) and Thrissur and servicing Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Alappuzha, Idukki, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode (Calicut), Wayanad, Coimbatore, and Kannur areas, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for designing a unique sliding wardrobe design.
Popular Kids Wardrobe Themes and Designs
Big ideas for the little ones
Designing a modular wardrobe for your bedroom sounds like the perfect choice for reorganising everything you want to store. But have you thought about what it would look like if your children demanded a wardrobe?
We know it is hard to imagine a squeaky clean bedroom when you have children running around. But a simple (and colourful) kids wardrobe design is not unimaginable if we tell you how it can transform the look of a boring kids bedroom!
Here are a few popular kids’ wardrobe designs that we absolutely love. By the time you look at these, we bet you’d consider getting a wardrobe designed for your little one.
- Bright yet neutral for the minimalists
Children love bright colours but opt for a safe shade that still stands a chance for being a ‘favourite’ when they grow older. Have a mix of open and close storage spaces, in different colours. These can be used to hoard books and toys.
- Pastels for the princess or princes!
Generally, kids love gentle pastel shades that include pinks and purples. Adding a dash of white to the wardrobe design would make the small wardrobe design look cute and elegant.
- A pop of colour
These wardrobe designs are a popular choice among older children and teenagers, where wardrobes run along two walls of the room, with ample storage space. The wardrobe laminates can hoard posters and photos of anything they like!
- Character & cartoon themed wardrobes
Be it a sailor or superman- this kids wardrobe design is suited for children who imagine creativity. The chest of drawers and wardrobes can be customised to their liking of cartoons with additional fittings like ropes that hang from the ceiling. An additional way to get creative is to place wardrobe handle designs that are quirky and fun. A simple star-shaped or animal-shaped wardrobe handle will make it look cuter!
What kind of kids’ wardrobe designs are popular?
- Tall wardrobes
These wardrobes are traditionally styled with additional hanging space for clothes, bags or other accessories, have extra shelves and integrated drawers.
- Low wardrobes
Low wardrobes are popular choices for young children, especially when the caregivers are proponents of the Montessori approach. This type of modular wardrobe design helps children to access their clothes and accessories in accordance with their height. Some drawers can be fitted underneath their sleeping beds.
- Multi-level wardrobes
These modular design kids wardrobes are a great way to instil a sense of responsibility in children. Having multiple levels in a wardrobe enables them to pick their belongings without assistance. Arranging different wardrobe accessories in a spread out wardrobe makes it easier for their little hands!
- Built-in kids wardrobes
These wardrobe designs can have single, double or multi shutters depending on the width of the space. Built-in wardrobes are ideal for smaller spaces and can be customised creatively.
- Multifunctional wardrobes
All that these wardrobe designs need is a tall wall (to which it can be fixed) and can accommodate a child’s storage and lifestyle needs. For example, a bookshelf can be combined with the wardrobe, along with a study desk. How cool is that?
- Walk-in wardrobes for kids
If your child’s room has extra space, indulge in designing a walk-in wardrobe that showcases their belongings in an organised manner. As a plus point, these wardrobe designs save you time in reorganising everything that they’ve pulled out!
- Corner wardrobes
These are stylish wardrobe designs that maximise the space in a kids bedroom. Corner wardrobes are best for children who share the same bedroom. As much as these wardrobe designs offer shelving solutions, it lengthens the size of wardrobes too.
Since kids are always on the move, consider giving finishes that are easy to maintain, especially when there are junior ‘Picassos’, painting all over the house! Getting a water-resistant finish would be ideal for kids’ wardrobes. When it comes to children’s wardrobes or accessory furniture, ensure safety by avoiding sharp corners and edges. With respect to the colours and themes that they like, remember that children always change their minds – so be smart about getting a neutral finish on wardrobes. You can always get stickers for decking up wardrobes.
With so many options to choose from, we know you’ll be confused. So let us help you in designing a cute and elegant wardrobe for your little one! With a showroom in Ernakulam (Kochi) and Thrissur and servicing Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Alappuzha, Idukki, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode (Calicut), Wayanad, Coimbatore and Kannur areas, reach out to us at email@example.com for designing a unique wardrobe design.
16 Shutter Finishes to Choose from to Create your Dream Kitchen
The different types of shutters available in the market today- from most to least premium!
With the trending modular kitchen designs, factory-crafted units are equipped with a multitude of amenities, and shutters being one of the most important crockery units. Captivating shutters can enhance the look of a kitchen and the appeal gets better by choosing the right style. To style your Modular Kitchen, the best interior designers in Kerala can help you choose from a range of cabinet shutters that will highlight your kitchen. Given below are a few of the popular cabinets at the moment from most premium to least.
1. Corian– Categorised as that type of shutter design that can give the stone a shining finish in your kitchen. Corian shutters are durable, tough, and free from hazardous chemicals. These premium shutters come in a variety of colors and textures, are non-porous, and can make your kitchen free from trivial day-to-day damages. LED lights can be incorporated with these shutters and make your kitchen stand out.
2. Victorian PU– For the appearance of a vintage English style kitchen and an overall royal look, opt for Victorian PU shutter finishes. This premium shutter finish with high gloss is the material of choice in luxury modular kitchens.
3. Ceramic/Claytex– Ceramic shutters bring out the vogue of your kitchen. With dust-proof features, these units can withstand high temperatures too.
4. 5-piece veneers– These shutters are best suited for wooden modular kitchen designs. With built-in textures, these veneer shutters are strong with a five-piece constructive framework.
5. Solid wood– If you’re looking for a sophisticated and classy style for your modular kitchen, solid wood shutters could be your best option. Teak and oak wood designs come under the solid wood category, with the ability to withstand climatic changes.
6. Veneer– With pre-staining and polishing features, veneer shutters not only cover the surfaces but the edges too. These units come in high quality and can turn your kitchen trendy.
7. Glorious glass– Made with toughened glass, these shutters offer a unique look to your kitchen. It is made available in a variety of colors.
9. PU shutters– Embedded with European features, these glossy, scratch-resistant and highly appealing shutters are popular for their simple fitting, in any colour of your choice.
10. Matpro– This range of contemporary shutters is popular for its horizontal and vertical applications. Mataro shutters are anti-fingerprint and feature like thermal healing of superficial scratches, making them a fairly popular choice now.
11. Glitz– These shutters come with a PU finish and a glossy surface. Glitz can resist climatic wear and tear and ensures the best light reflection.
12. Acrylic– For seamless kitchen design, acrylic shutters can be used to highlight your cooking space. These shutters have solid, wooden, and metallic frameworks, which can also resist harsh weather conditions.
13. Pristine PU– Glossy, scratch-resistant, and highly appealing, these shutters are popular for their vibrant array of colors.
14. Inclined laminate– These shutters are available in high gloss and matte finishes. Inclined laminate shutters come with a 45-degree slope on top, which gives it a handle-like feature. These shutters give your kitchen a neat look.
15. Artize– With top-notch quality laminates, Artize shutters give a beautiful look to your kitchen shutters. Crafted with artsy textures and colors, these shutters can take over your modular kitchen design to the next level.
16. Laminate Shutters– They are otherwise known as four-side edge binding or Mica shutters. This is one of the most frequently proposed types of shutters, right from local carpenters to your average modular kitchen outlet. Moisture-proof and chip-resistant, the 4SEB shutters are made with CNC machines to ensure a perfect finish to these shutters.
The finish of shutters are in plenty, and based on the client’s selection, they can have a significant impact on aesthetics and cost of kitchen units too.
Your local carpenters and other showrooms may only orient you to a handpicked few. Only a specialist interior designer like Bespoke Decor has all these options for your perusal. For more information, contact us on : +91 90 20 10 70 22 | 23
Which One of the 6 Kitchen Layouts will Work Best for You?
(We love layout #6!)
Finalising the pattern that your countertops, workspaces, and cabinets follow i.e. your kitchen layout, forms the basis of a good kitchen interior redesign.
There’s kitchen ergonomics and the concept of the work triangle- all of this eventually boils down to selecting the correct kitchen layout for your modular kitchen space. Keep in mind the amount of space you have and how busy an area your kitchen is going to be once the remodel is complete! There must be equal importance is given to functionality and aesthetics and a good understanding of the space before finalising a kitchen layout.
Here are six kitchen layouts to choose from:
1. Straight Line Kitchen Layout
The workspace in a one wall kitchen layout is spread out along a segment of the wall which is greater than 10 feet long. This houses the cooking, preparation and cleaning surfaces. The wall and base cabinets are all laid out against a single wall. Usually, the sink is placed at one corner while the stove or cooktop is placed on the other end of the open-wall kitchen layout. The fridge, which is the third component of the work triangle (stretched out into a line in this case), is usually placed on one of the ends.
This is the layout of choice for narrow and space-restricted kitchens or in cases where clients do have a large space but want an open kitchen.
2. L-Shaped Kitchen Layout
In an L-shaped layout, two walls perpendicular to one another are used to fit cabinets and workspaces. There should be a well thought out corner unit too to ensure the best use of the space. There must be a counter space to work on between the three elements of the kitchen triangle (cooktop, fridge and sink).
This versatile layout is a very popular choice in modern modular kitchens as it allows for easy accessibility and can make your kitchen appear spacious. The L-shaped layout maximises space and therefore, allows for a seating area to be fitted into your kitchen interior design too.
3. Galley Kitchen Layout
In a galley kitchen layout, two walls opposite and parallel to one another are used to house the cabinets and workspaces. A galley is frequently seen in professional chefs kitchens but may not be practical if both ends of the corridor are open in a home setup. It sets the stage for a really efficient kitchen work triangle with ample counter and cabinet storage space.
In a galley layout, it is advisable to keep the cooktop and cleaning area on the same side to reduce accidental injuries while transporting between the two sides.
4. U-Shaped Kitchen Layout
Three walls are allotted to hold the cabinets and counters in a U-shaped kitchen layout. This works out to function as the perfect layout for a kitchen as you can place each aspect of the kitchen triangle against one of the walls.
You get more work space as well as storage space in a U-shaped layout. The only drawback is that it may make a kitchen appear more cramped and full.
5. G-Shaped Kitchen Layout
The configuration of a G-shaped kitchen is similar to a U-shaped one with a peninsular area which can be used as a preparation zone. In most remodels involving a U-shaped layout, if the client has a request for more counter space and storage, the G-shaped layout is pitched. In this layout, the person working in the kitchen can literally surround themselves with all they need, thereby ensuring greater cooking efficiency.
6. L-Shaped with Island Layout
Saving the best for last is a modification of the L-shaped kitchen. Islands are pretty popular in the West, but slowly have been rising in popularity in India too. The island functions as a buffet area, an additional preparation zone as well as an eating area- extremely versatile! It’s a good idea to place your sink on the island to complete the work triangle. However some people prefer having cooktops on the island or leaving it bare as a preparation cum entertaining zone.
To elevate the look of your island, invest in bar seating and ambient hanging light fixtures.
For assistance on finding out which kitchen layout would suit your space and needs best, contact +91 90 20 10 70 22 | 23
Kitchen Ergonomics 101: A Science & Art
For your comfort and safety
Starting your kitchen interiors plan keeping in mind ergonomics and functionality is a good idea.
Here’s why kitchen ergonomics are important for your kitchen interior design:
- To create a practical kitchen layout
- To ensure safety
- To ensure comfort and avoid long-term issues
- Easier completion of all kitchen related tasks
- Efficient organisation of the workspaces in the kitchen
Let’s explore a few simplified guidelines regarding kitchen planning to ensure a smooth ergonomic flow, as suggested by the interior design experts at Bespoke Décor:
The door should have a clear path of opening and closing and floor space without interfering with the safe operation of any appliances or another door. It is recommended to leave a clear path of opening at least 32” wide for a 3” door.
Make sure there is an uninterrupted path of traffic between the three main work zones in your kitchen- the cooktop, sink, and refrigerator. For more details on the work triangle, check out our article here.
After finalising the position of the kitchen sink based on the work triangle, let’s examine a few technical aspects of the sink. It must be lesser than 34” and not deeper than 6.5”. The lower portion of the sink must be free of abrasive or sharp projections which may potentially injure the user. The sink should have a landing area between 18-24” long.
It is recommended to leave a clearance of at least 15” between the landing area of your fridge and any other surface. There must be sufficient floor space in front of the fridge to facilitate opening.
There must be a minimum 12” of landing area on one side of the cooktop and 15” on the other. For safety reasons, a clearance of minimum 9” is recommended behind the cooking surface if placed on the countertop. Another safety implication is to avoid curtains if your cooktop is against your window. Also, make sure that there is adequate ventilation- properly sized ducted ventilation should do the trick in modern kitchens.
Your kitchen should have a minimum of 158” of countertop space placed at a depth of 24” at least with a 15” clearance above it. It is also recommended to ensure that your countertop edges are smooth and rounded to avoid accidental injury.
These recommendations are akin to just a drop of water in the ocean. To get a detailed understanding, contact our designers at +91 90 20 10 70 23 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Top 5 Kitchen Styles for your Home in Kerala
Choose your aesthetic from the most-loved kitchen styles!
Aesthetics and functionality are the priorities of any space where kitchen interiors are completed. When you invest in curating a bespoke kitchen from scratch, keep in mind your family’s requirements, and tailor-make a kitchen that will work for you.
In this blogpost, we shall be discussing the nuances involved in creating a kitchen style based on the aesthetic that appeals to you best. We have listed out the top 5 that appeal to the Kerala-based market and everything you need to know to create your dream kitchen with us at Bespoke Décor.
1. Traditional Kerala Style
Feel the twinge of nostalgia every time you walk into your kitchen with the elegant and functional Kerala vintage style kitchen aesthetic. This one feels most like home with all the elements of the kitchen tying together in the Kerala home setting.
Opt for countertops with an iron copper appearance, contemporary backsplash options to plain tiles of a colour palette that suits traditional kitchens. To give your kitchen the traditional Kerala kitchen design, it would be a good option to choose wall and base cabinets with shutters made of natural wood. However, if you are concerned about the seasonal challenges that natural wood presents, why not opt for a material of your choice treated or stained to offer a similar appearance.
Our signature collection has just the thing for you- ‘The Epicurean’ would suit a traditional Kerala kitchen really well with its dark wood island counter and artistic elements. Choose a Kerala style mural painting to complete the look and don’t forget to customise the cabinet pulls in wooden finishes instead.
Extra points for styling your countertop and glass-concealed shelving with traditional Kerala-style bronze and copper utensils.
If you are someone who is drawn to a minimalist style and way of living, opt for cool tones like white with a hint of pastel shades for your overall kitchen. Maintain clean lines with an all-white kitchen with ivory countertops, backsplash, cabinetry, and appliances. For a pop of color, get the wall and base cabinets in pastel shades.
For an all-white look, opt for the country-style Suave 5-piece Veneer Kitchen. If you’re more inclined towards pastel shades, our signature ‘The Nature Lover’ Sleek modular kitchen is sure to get your attention!
3.Opulent & Luxurious
For a kitchen remodel, it is not uncommon for clients to want a design as opulent as the rest of their home interiors. Think high ceilings with ornate chandeliers, marble countertops and French-style cabinets. Modify your wall cabinets to darker wood stains to offset the marble countertops. You could also opt for a few glass concealed cabinets holding crystal and chinaware to lend an air of richness to your kitchen. Style with marsala elements and don’t shy away from getting a curtain swag from a local upholsterer. Curtains are not a good option in kitchens but offset your blinds with a curtain swag up top to complete the luxe look!
Our ‘Striking Veneer Combined With Matte Finish Handles Kitchen’ with its magnificent wood finishes can be the foundation onto which you build up the opulence of your dream kitchen.
The futuristic style of the kitchen is a popular option these days. Speak to an expert interior designer to install ceramic or grey colored cabinets with bespoke lighting and interesting shapes for a kitchen that looks straight out of the future!
Do not be afraid to experiment with different shapes for your kitchen cabinetry. Invest in good lighting to complete your futuristic kitchen look. Say no to all wood elements!
You may love our ‘Minimal Grey Combined With Dark Ceramic Island Finish’ modular kitchen if you prefer the futuristic style.
For a simpler kitchen interior design, the organic look is a client favorite. White walls with a light-colored backsplash and light-brown stained wood wall cabinets with a herb garden can breathe that air of life needed in a kitchen. This look is easy on the eyes as well as on the budget!
We have many modular kitchen designs to suit the organic kitchen look- our favorites are the ‘Enchanting Veneer Blended With Smart Corian Finish’, ‘Laminate PU Combination’, ‘Vintage Wooden Style Kitchen’ and ‘Superb Handless PU Veneer Combination’ modular kitchens.
Which style is your favourite? Reach out to us at +91 90 20 10 70 22 | 23 to discuss your kitchen remodel!
The Kitchen Work Triangle: Interior Design Rule or Myth?
Is it really as important as it is believed to be?
The kitchen is a space of a house that makes it a home- it is where food is prepared to feed the family. A few studies reveal that an average of 6 hours is spent in the kitchen by an Indian woman or man. If you will be spending this much time in the kitchen, shouldn’t it be as user-friendly as it can possibly be?
This brings us to the kitchen interior design concept of the Kitchen Work Triangle- a time-tested theory and a commonly used benchmark to measure a kitchen’s design and functionality.
What is the Kitchen Work Triangle?
- This triangle connects three units- the stove/cooktop, fridge, and the kitchen sink
- Best practices suggest that the line connecting any two of these three units should not be below 4 feet or above 9 feet
- The total of all three sides of the kitchen triangle should be under 26 feet
- The triangle should not be crossed by any major traffic patterns or full-height obstructions
What this does is that it allows a clear flow without unnecessary movements between your cooking, cleaning, and food storage areas in your modular kitchen. This concept originated in the 1940s and it has continued to evolve over the years to catch up with the multi-functional ever-evolving modern kitchen. Let’s examine each one of these three traditionally labelled zones in detail and then take a look at the newer modifications:
1. Cooking Zone
Most kitchens have stoves or induction plates wherein food is cooked. This is where you use your culinary skills and create your edible masterpieces!
It is advised to store your cooking utensils and commonly used spices in the cabinets at the closest proximity to the cooktop.
Recent modifications also include ovens and microwaves in these zones. It is important to consider how important these other two cooking appliances are to your daily cooking and then make a decision regarding their placement.
2. Cleaning Zone
The cleaning zone mainly comprises the kitchen sink. It is here that used dishes are placed during and after cooking to be scrubbed and cleaned.
Recent modifications to this zone include dishwashers, garbage disposal units and a place to keep your household cleaning supplies. It is commonly noticed that the dishwashers and waste disposal is usually set up very close to and below the kitchen sink respectively. In some instances for hygiene reasons, garbage storage may be allotted to a different area of the kitchen. As for household cleaning supplies, speak to your interior designer to set this up in your under-sink cabinet too.
3. Food Storage Zone
The last zone of the kitchen triangle is the food storage zone which was considered to be the refrigerator. However, this is just one aspect of food storage i.e. wet storage.
Now, dry storage units are also to be considered as part of the kitchen work triangle. This could comprise the cabinet spaces where you store dry ingredients like rice, pasta, flour and other packaged food items.
In the cooking process, the preparation of the ingredients is a major step. A large countertop space needs to be kept free to chop vegetables, roll out the dough, or mix ingredients. This area must have easy access to your knives, chopping boards, and measuring cups to ensure maximal comfort.
Newer zone additions out of the work triangle which can be incorporated into a general kitchen design:
5.Non-food Storage Zone
Many kitchens have display units installed in the wall cabinets for china, silverware, crystal dining ware, or just cookbooks. While this may not be an integral part of the work triangle, it is based entirely on client requirements.
A few clients choose to keep a small dining table within their kitchen space as a breakfast nook. While this lies outside the work triangle, it would be wise to ensure that the path from your countertop to the dining zone is free of traffic.
Our top tip would be to work closely with your interior designer to mark out your priorities when it comes to your workflow in the kitchen. Whether you want to strictly adhere to the concept of the kitchen work triangle or tweak it to your personal needs is a matter of your discretion. This may be a tried-and-tested concept but the newer modifications allow you to create a more customised blueprint for your kitchen.
Why Crockery Units are Still Loved by All
The humble crockery unit is a design staple in most Indian homes- here’s why you need one too!
Over the years, several new trends have surfaced and been phased out, but one design staple in the kitchen or dining space is the crockery unit. The crockery unit design has seen minor alterations to get with the times and went from being large and vintage in style to the modern small crockery units, suitable even for compact spaces. One thing is for sure- this trend is timeless, and it’s here to stay.
Why a crockery unit is a must-have
Here are a few reasons why you most definitely should get a crockery unit:
- A great place to beautifully display your fancy china, crockery, and cutlery, especially those used for when you are hosting a fancy gathering at home
- Added functionality of storing the crockery when not in use
- Drawers and cabinet doors in these crockery units can conceal frequently used tableware like runners, placemats, and coasters
- Enhances the design element of your kitchen or dining space, when well arranged
- Can have attractive light fittings acting as a supplementary decorative light source in the kitchen or the space it is installed
Types of crockery unit designs
If you’ve started hunting for crockery unit design ideas, you’d know that there are so many options to choose from. Every home fits the crockery unit in a different place, mounts them differently and the style of each one varies. It is important to find a customized crockery unit unique to your space that fulfills your functional, storage, and aesthetic requirements all at once.
In terms of location where it is fitted-
1.Crockery unit design for kitchen
For people with spacious kitchens, it makes sense to incorporate the crockery unit into your kitchen design. Bespoke Decor can advise you on how to do this easily to guarantee superior aesthetics, functionality, and storage.
2. Crockery unit design for the dining area
There are many people who prefer placing their crockery unit in the dining area instead of the kitchen. This is a wonderful option for those who have smaller kitchens and would still like a space to display and store fancy crockery.
3. Floor-to-ceiling crockery unit acting as a partition between living and dining spaces
Newer interior designs have embraced units that are multi-functional and one such example is a partition crockery unit. In this modern variation of a crockery unit, two rooms are separated by a floor-to-ceiling crocker unit which helps conserve space while serving the purposes of functionality and aesthetics. Reach out to Bespoke Decor to create something similar in your space.
In terms of mounting/position-
1.In-built modular kitchen crockery unit
In most modular kitchen designs, there is a space allotted for a crockery unit to display fancy dinnerware. This unit is inbuilt into your modular kitchen design, thereby fitting flawlessly and adding to the aesthetics of the overall kitchen space.
2. Wall-mounted crockery unit
A wall-mounted crockery unit is a wonderful option for those who want to conserve floor space but still want an impressive display. It can also be coupled with a buffet unit on the bottom.
3. Freestanding crockery unit
This is a common sight when crockery units are placed in the dining space. Keep in mind that there is a risk of these types of units toppling over, posing a safety hazard. They may be modified into sideboard styles to add to storage space while looking like an extension of the dining table.
In terms of style-
1.Display shelves or glass doors with few concealed units
The most common variety out there, most crockery units are partly concealed and have glass-clad or open shelving with lighting installed for enhancing the display. There are several stunning ways that these display shelves can be styled and that is highly dependent on the client’s aesthetics.
2. Buffet and hutch cabinet
Another modification of the crockery unit best suited for vintage styles, it consists of two units- a lower buffet (for storage) and an upper hutch (for display).
3. Multifunctional crockery unit
An area of your crockery unit can be transformed to accommodate stations of your choice. While some people like converting it into a coffee station or a bar, others reserve it to become a bookshelf, showcase, or even a TV unit. The possibilities are endless.
4. Complete customised crockery unit
If none of these pick your fancy and you have a unique idea in mind, reach out to the experts at Bespoke Decor to create an absolutely customised crockery unit for you.
Which one is your favorite? Bespoke Decor can make you the crockery unit of your dreams- so reach out to us at +91 90 20 10 70 22 | 23 to get started.