7 Small Kitchen Design Ideas You Will Love

Good kitchen interior designs aren’t necessarily exclusive to large kitchens, designed by famous interior designers. You can design one yourself if you have the big picture on your mind and a few good kitchen design ideas that will help you keep your small kitchen area well-functional, organized and beautiful.

Before we get started it is important to remember that a good home kitchen design has the right combination of functionality and beauty. Clean lines, efficient, durable materials and modern aesthetics are what you need to get that perfect small kitchen for your home. In this blog, we will talk about 7 kitchen design and décor ideas, something for everyone, some of them luxurious while others for people who love simple kitchen designs. Let’s get started, shall we?

Drop-Leaf Table:
Love the idea of an eat-in kitchen but a large dining table just won’t fit in your small kitchen area? Try a drop-leaf dining table, ideal kitchen design for small spaces. They are truly Godsend and thanks to the hinged flaps that can be flipped up when you have an extra guest drop in. They can also be tucked in without any hassle when not in use. Additionally, the center of the table can be used at all times to serve as an extra prep space.

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Under- Cabinet Lighting:
Nothing makes a small kitchen feel more claustrophobic and cramped than poor lighting. A few under-cabinet lights go a long way in making your tiny kitchen more workable, functional and brighter.

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Go Big With Open Shelves:
Hate to try open shelving because dusting scares you away? Kitchen cabinets not only take up more space in a small kitchen but also limit space usage whereas open shelves do come with the possibility of increasing your storage options. It helps to make the small space look open and airy. Open shelves are actually easy to organize and are inexpensive. Install them and flaunt your pretty dishware.

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Space-Savvy Banquettes:
Banquettes are ideal for cramped areas and make the most of the often unused spaces. These maximize seating options and the storage space beneath the benches provides ample space to store away serving platters, table linens and other dining accessories. A collection of comfy throw pillows makes the seating area comfortable and inviting.

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Pull Out Drawers:
Pull out drawers are your answer to a cleaner, neater and more organized storage solution for your small kitchen. Include pull out drawers in your kitchen cupboard designs list to create an efficient storage space. Install several tiers of drawers and fit all your cooking accouterments without going crazy.

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Corner Cabinet:
Make good use of an empty corner with a wall mounted cabinet and transform the area into a valuable storage space. Conveniently store away canned good, spices and so much more.

Under-shelf Cup Hooks:
Make open shelving work harder by fixing cup hooks to the underside. Not only do mugs look lovely displayed this way, but you’ll also free up cupboard space for other things.

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Kitchen Trends 2016

Wondering what the quintessential 2016 kitchen would look like? Our senior interior designers took a sneak peek at the hottest kitchen trends on the rise. Soft color schemes and smart Modular Kitchens are just a couple of the trends that is sure to lead the pack, says our team of interior design experts.

Mobel brings to you 3 trends that will define kitchen design this year.

Soft, Muted Color Scheme: Kitchen hues are changing rapidly and 2016 puts neutral palette right on top. Although white motifs will largely command the kitchen space, everything else from kitchen cabinets to backsplashes will have a strong influence of saturated tones. Also, kitchens are most likely to sport lightly stained wood tones like walnuts. A neutral well-designed light wood  kitchen is a safe choice. You can use it as either the central color or if you have a weakness for contrasting accents, you can always team it up in a two-tone kitchen.
Soft colors like pale blue, tinted whites, pale green, light gray are the new alternative to White. On the other hand, muted shades like pale yellow pastel, muted greens and blues can well be used as accent colors.

Modular-KitchenSmart Spaces: Hi-tech makeover is going to takeover every kitchen space by the end of 2016. With the rise of technology and smart devices, modular kitchens will have designated spots for smart devices very soon. The quintessential 2016 kitchen will have hidden charging points and stations to store smart devices like phones, tablets so that they can easily be accessible.

Modular-KitchenWell-Lit Cabinetry: Gone are the days when ceiling lights were the primary mode of illuminating one’s kitchen. Extensive cabinet lighting is on the rise and is one of the trends to watch. When the lights are switched on, they look not only absolutely amazing but also offer a wonderful cooking experience, remarkable visibility.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Catchy Cook Spaces – The Top 3Trending Modular Kitchen Cabinet Colour combos this Season!

So you have just moved into this snazzy new apartment of yours, and you want to use that dash of colour in your Modular Kitchen Design to make a style statement. Well, not a bad idea at all…apart from the fact that you are going crazy choosing the perfect colour scheme for it! So, to make your life a bit easier, here goes…the Top 3 Modular Kitchen Colour Combos that are trending this season, for you to choose from!

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Bold Blue &Pail Blue:

The latest trend in creating a catchy cook space – Using two shades of the same colour! If you have a large open modular kitchen design, use a bold blue for your central island cabinets and thereafter work towards a sky blue hue for other cabinets on the outer perimeter of the wall. Set off against a white background, this colour combo will be both serene as well as modern.

Bright Red & Midnight Black:

One of the most dramatic shade combo this season, this is sure to turn eyeballs and make a statement amidst your circle. Black cabinets at the background with a bright red island at the centre, balanced with light coloured countertop & backsplash is definitely the way to go!

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Cool Grey & Hot Orange:

Third on our list is this ultra-modern modular kitchen cabinet colour scheme that lets the neutral grey come alive with the fiery intense orange at the foreground. Having a few open shelves and painting the backs of them with a lighter version of the same grey gives an illusion of depth.

So what are you waiting for, choose the trend that suits your modular kitchen design the best, and let Mobel do the rest!

Features That Make the Modular Kitchens Unique

These days, the sizes of homes are getting smaller day by day and as a result, the space concerns for kitchens have become really important. As the kitchen is the only area where home dwellers spend most of the time while being at home, thus it needs to be roomy and hygienic as well to keep up both health and well being of the residents. The necessity for limited spaces in the flats or homes has contributed to the emergence of modern kitchens.

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With the evolution of modular kitchen designs offered by mobel homestore, it has become possible to bring out a huge change in the way which the kitchen appears. Therefore, more and more homeowners are now replacing their traditional kitchens with the elegant and sophisticated kitchens. With the incorporation of different stylish kitchen design ideas like cabinets, storage facilities and some other types of modern accessories, the modular kitchens are bringing convenience and comfort to the homemakers in various ways. As a result, the conventional kitchens are fading away from the modern lifestyle.

There are different types of accessories that the homeowners can include to the kitchen areas as per their preferences. Some of the important accessories that can take the kitchen interior design to a new level while making the activity of cooking a great fun are:

  • The hobs or cooking ranges, which can be fixed into the granite countertops.
  • Cooker hoods for eliminating the smoke from the kitchen space
  • Pull out drawers or the units where one can store various kitchen essentials
  • Shutter spaces to store crockery like the bowls and plates clean and safe
  • Adjustable shelves in stores which can also be used for the purpose of storage

So, the modular kitchen designs India is the ideal solution for every home with limited space. Besides, here different types of designs and varieties can be integrated or disintegrated quite easily. Another great thing about these kitchens is that these are very durable and therefore last for a really long time.

Now let’s have a look at some other great features that make these kitchens unique as well as the must have for every modern home:

  • The modular kitchens can be fitted with different types of accessories to make these kitchens more modern, more sophisticated and well equipped. The accessories like the sleek glass work, elegant fittings, trendy wood finishes joined with some latest gadgets. Besides, it is also really easy to install these accessories as most of the fittings are ready made. These kitchen accessories last for a really long period in case they are bought from any authentic dealer.
  • A complete range of designs and colors are found in this type of kitchen design. Besides, it is also possible to lay these designs in various ways to broaden the shape and style of entire kitchen space. The most popularly used kitchen shapes are L shape and U shape ones.
  • Different types of stylish and chic hardware like vibrant colored doors, stainless steel doorknobs etc. can also be included in this type of kitchens even in case of the modular small kitchen design.