7 Great Kitchen Styles — Which One’s for You?

Kitchen styles can sometimes catch you by surprise, more so when the style reflects your choice. Style is much easier to recognize with your naked eyes than words can help: you know it only when you see it and the image that inspires you most is the one which can surprise you the best. Do you think you know your favorite kitchen style? Our experts have come up with 7 great kitchen designs, read and tell us which one steals your attention.

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  • Modern kitchens : Modern may refer to present time or 21st century, the definition may vary, but when we say Modern Kitchen Designs, the first image that pops up in our mind is that of a    frameless cabinet with a sleek and basic hardware, strong horizontal or straight lines with the natural beauty of the material used in the manufacturing of the kitchen, shining through.
  • Traditional kitchens: Traditional kitchens are usually defined by the minute details they hold. These details can include arches, corbels, decorative moldings with natural wood and antique finish. 
  • Contemporary Kitchens: Contemporary kitchens are very polished and sleek in design, but where a Modern Kitchen celebrates grid and structure, a contemporary kitchen is generally more easy-    going and playful in terms of form and finish.
  • Transitional Kitchens: Transitional kitchens act as a brilliant moderator. With the real warmth and embrace of traditional design and the neat, simple and clear lines of contemporary design, transitional kitchens exhibit harmony and balance. Because they offer a great deal of flexibility, they are the perfect choice for people whose taste spans both.
  • Cottage Kitchens: Happy, warm and ingenuous, a cottage kitchen goes back to simpler days and invokes a sense of carefree and easy living. Muted colors, wooden floors, soft hued curtains and colorful accents will infuse your kitchen with cozy cottage comfort.
  • Eclectic kitchens: Are you a rebel who prefers a style which is different from the rest? It’s your kitchen, mix, match and season everything with a dash of boldness to get that desired distinct kitchen style. Get inspired from both modern and rustic styles, blend them with a well-traveled flair to get that eclectic kitchen of your dreams.

     Post a photo or leave a comment and tell us which kitchen style is yours!

5 Kitchen Decor That Will Guarantee People Into Thinking That You’re a DIY Diva

Want to spice things up in that boring kitchen of yours?  Well, you are in the right place.

  • Give Your Plain Mugs A Makeover:

There’s a simple solution to bring those dull and pale mugs to life-Just Paint. Have a design on mind? Even better! Just paint your heart out or simply outline a design of your liking and Voila! your new customized mug is here.

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  • Play With Post-Its:

Make a DIY memo board with nothing but some colorful sticky notes and a discarded picture frame or a blackboard. Hang the frame on your kitchen and stick or pin up those post-its inside the frame. The sticky notes are highly functional. You can write reminders or motivational quotes on them to kick in some energy in your kitchen. Once you have it on the wall, step away from it and marvel your new creation. They look real cute.

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  • Splash some colors on those spoons:

Bring out those old wooden spoons from the cabinet and dip dye them with the choice of your color. If you think black and white is worth the fight, go for those colors and if you are fond of vibrant colors, close your eyes and go for neon hues. But remember to color just the handles.

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  • Polka Dot Refrigerator Art:

The front door looks a little old but the fridge is working fine. Is that your fridge I am talking about? Well, you don’t have to repaint the entire fridge to remodel it. Just get hold of some contact paper.  Circle punch it, stick it on your fridge door and don’t forget to add some funky looking magnets to improve the look of your fridge. The pop of color in your kitchen will look awesome.

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  • Stenciled Kitchen Towels:

Turn plain kitchen towels into funky piece of art. Here’s how. Just take a one-colored kitchen towel, cut design of your choice on a piece of hard paper. We recommend you to use hard paper over regular ones to prevent bleeding of paint into the towel. Then dip your paintbrush into your favorite fabric paint and paint the open areas. Pull the paper away and let the paint dry. Bam! Your DIY is ready for use.

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Modular Kitchen Layout Basics – The Types & Designs

Traditionally kitchen layouts were always about the ‘work triangle’ where only one person cooked and his or her space was usually bordered by the range, the sink and the refrigerator on the three sides. Modular kitchen layouts in current times are on the other hand built around the ‘Work zone’ concept which is more practical in the sense that it caters to the multiple-cook and multiple zone inside the kitchen aspect, aiming to create many such comfortable zones inside a kitchen space. Following is the MoBEL’s guide to Modular Kitchen Layouts so that you have the layout basics in place.

One Wall Modular Kitchen Layout: This is the ultimate space optimizing kitchen layout design and can be found in studio apartments, small flats or even lofts. The one wall layout, as the name suggests refer to the layout where all kitchen appliances, cabinets, etc are fixed on one single wall.

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Galley Modular Kitchen: Galley kitchen layouts are those where appliances and cabinets are fixed on two walls opposite to each other. Hence, it consists of two parallel countertops with a sort of corridor in between them, ideal for a one-cook scenario and is also commonly called as the ‘walkthrough kitchen’. This layout is one of the most popular since it makes optimum utilization of every inch of space that is available – great for small apartments where such lean and compact arrangements are required.

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L Shaped Modular Kitchen: L shaped kitchens are layouts where countertops are not on parallels, but adjoining walls. Hence they are perpendicular to each other, forming an ‘L’ shape. A great layout for medium sized or even small kitchen spaces, this eliminates the corner space optimization issue that most kitchen face. The leg of the L can be as long as one needs depending on floor space but one should keep them within 12-15 ft at max in order to utilize space. The unique point of this layout is that it eliminates traffic completely and in case of bigger spaces, is flexible enough to have islands, a dining space or other work zones added on. However, this should not be used in very big kitchen spaces where other better layouts can be configured.

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Horseshoe Modular Kitchen Layout: Horseshoe kitchen layout was primarily a design that consisted of kitchen cabinets & appliances on three walls. However, the modern horseshoe has evolved to an L shaped layout with an add-on island space as an alternative to the third wall since it allows free movement around the island.

Horseshoe Modular Kitchen Layout

Island Kitchen Layouts: Modular kitchen layouts where one has an island in the kitchen space are popularly known as the island layouts – a massive hit with people having bigger kitchen spaces. The island almost always has cabinets and storage space built into it and the surface is used for various purposes. The island countertop can be used as an additional workspace if added with a sink, an eating place if added with some stools or even a beverage store with an addition of a wine cooler. Islands are also used to convert a one wall layout into a galley one or an L shaped design into a horseshow one.

Island Kitchen Layouts

4 Steps to a Budget Modular kitchen Design

Let me guess…you have this dream modular kitchen design in your mind but your budget strings are tied too tight, right? Well, needless to say you are not the only one who is looking for ways to build a fab kitchen within a tight budget. The good news is that…yes, it’s possible and you’re at the right place to know exactly how!

In order to keep your modular kitchen prices down, you need to know exactly which components eat into your kitchen budget the most. The four main kitchen components that pull up the cost are –

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Kitchen Cabinets:

One of the major kitchen budget eat-awaysare your cabinets but the material used for the same can play a major role in keeping a check on the designing costs. The best option for kitchen cabinets are always solid wood shutters, which are usually made of teakwood, pinewood or any other solid wood and have a smooth and even finish. However these are the most expensive. Polished shutters also cost as much as the above since they are made of oakwood, rosewood or teakwood and are waterproof. Alternatively one can go for the plywoods, both commercial as well as marine, which are far less in price but are long lasting.

Kitchen Countertops:

The second component to affect your budget is your countertop and if you can play this card smartly, a 1 lac modular kitchen can be very much up your sleeve. As per latest trends, the new Tristone surface is the most suitable but also the most expensive. In case of Indian households with a 1 lac budget, one can go for granite, which is heat resistant, durable and easy to maintain, followed by other materials such as laminate, quartz and marble.

Kitchen Flooring:

This is another component that heavily eats into your budget since kitchen flooring is far more expensive then other flooring. Moreover, you need to go for a hygienic flooring type that can be cleaned easily. Popularity wise, traditional wood or stone are the most sought after kitchen flooring but again the most expensive. Marble on the other hand, is very popular but very costly and requires regular maintenance since any major spill tends to stain it permanently. To have a budget modular kitchen design, you can go for ceramic tiles that are hugely popular due to its durable, anti-skid and cleansing-friendly nature. Other flooring options to go for include porcelain and mosaic.

Kitchen Accessories:

The five main kitchen accessories include the wall and base storage unit, the drawers, the sink, the doorknobs and the cutlery trays, etc. Choosing the design and style of the above mainly depends on the space available in your kitchen. However, in order to keep from overshooting your budget, keeping some of the accessories in steel, playing around with brands, etc might be a good idea. Going for a well-designed but basic stainless steel or a porcelain sinkinstead of a mineral quartz onefor example will help you get your dream modular kitchen design well within your budget!