The Kitchen Anxiety

“Just Fry”
“Just Microwave on high for 1 minute”
“Ready in just 2 minutes”
“Add boiling water and ready in 3 minutes”

Flooded with Ready To Eats?

The Indian home has been flooded with ready to eat food options and these have become the happy choice of many households. Given the hectic lifestyles and ‘so much to do in such little time’ becoming the repertoire of many homes, people are resorting to ready foods. Does that mean the kitchen loses its importance amongst the rooms in your home?

THE KITCHEN ANXIETY

Doesn’t seem so! The kitchen still rules and is the most important part of any Indian home. It is that part of your home where you need to be in order to prepare the ‘ready to cook’ food or the ‘just fry’ pakoras! The kitchen is still the place for your favourite chai or your steaming idlis. So the kitchen retains its place as the star of the Indian home and is shown off to visitors with great pride. Here is where the Modular Kitchen has suddenly become the must have in the Interior Design plan for your house. The need of the hour is a kitchen with an international design yet functionalities that are suited to Indian homes. Doing up a kitchen is a tough call, because living without a kitchen for even 1 day is a bit difficult for most foodies!

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When designing your kitchen, there are many questions and choices to be made. Which layout is right for me? Which colour combination will look best? Solid Wood or High Gloss? Wood Touch or Vintage? Which accessories are suitable? Your ‘Kitchen Anxiety’ can be put to rest with Mobel – Modular Kitchen Specialists.

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At MoBEL, the designs are inspired from the latest in Europe and manufactured using state of the art German and Italian machines. However, the focus remains on giving an experience suited to Indian cooking needs. So you can have a place to arrange your thalis, to keep the 5 kg pack of ata and to make your delicious spicy curries (without spoiling the kitchen ceiling with the remnants of oil that are so difficult to remove). Put all your worries aside and just call the Mobel Kitchen Designers for a FREE visit to your home. Leave the rest to MoBEL!

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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Themed Modular Kitchen Designs – The Latest Home Décor Buzz!

After themed weddings and themed parties its now time to have your very own modular kitchen designed around a theme – Yes, themed Modular Kitchens are the latest décor buzz in town! The most popular and trending themes that are making rounds in the kitchen scene worldwide are:

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Coffee Themed Modular Kitchen:

Trendy and super-cool,coffee kitchens are the latest fad that offers you a refreshing experience while you cook. A favourite of the coffee lovers or otherwise, this kitchen interior design is all about the dark panels and the wood finishes against light or pale yellow back splashes, accessorized by coffee mug displays, coffee quote posters and interesting themed décor such as candles nestled smugly inside a bowl full of coffee beans. Super trendy, it’s a corner of your house that your friends will surely love!

Beach Kitchen:

For the young and the fun loving, who want to make a cooking experience feel like a holiday, we have the beach themed Modular Kitchen Design complete with the aqua blues, the bluish greens, the white and the pale yellow hues all combined in a tranquil as well as exotic combo of cabinets, counter tops, backs plashes and centre islands for you to choose from. A strip of dolphin tiles, a few star fishes strewn here and there and voila! A perfect tranquil getaway while you cook!

Barn yard Kitchen:

For the adventurous few, a modular kitchen theme that’s become very popular is the barn yard look…the complete rustic and homely corner to chill and cook and of course impress guests with! The favourite colour here is the typical ‘barn red’ – to be used as ascent wherever possible. To top it off, having animal decorating pieces such as hens, pigs, etc as wall hangings or motifs on pottery, coupled with rustic looking pots, pans & dishes work together magically to create the barn look and feel.

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!