What’s cooking in the kitchen?
MAKEOVER New, modern kitchens are about blending décor with functionality, smart storage and adding a splash of bold and bright colours, say designers
From trying to reach the topmost cabinet to steal chocolates, to trying to make the perfect round roti, we all have tons of memories attached with our cooking room. Yet, our kitchens are the last spaces in our house when it comes to iconic makeovers.
“Kitchen decoration does not need to be complicated and expensive in order to make it look smart,” says Millind Pai, an architect and interior designer. It just needs to be carefully tweaked to ensure both, beauty and functionality.
This season, experiment with a new shade on the walls, get rid of boring cabinets and accessorise your kitchen with funky equipment or something as basic yet attractive such as hanging plants and mason jars.
ALL ABOUT COLOURS
If you are looking to transform your kitchen into an exciting and a bright space, think beyond dull white and creamy hues. Think bold and bright. This season, expect shades such as electric blues, wine reds, rusted browns and burgundies to take over the walls of trendy kitchen spaces. “Yellows and blues will brighten up your cooking space,” says Priyanka Mehra, principal architect at PS Design, a Mumbai-based architecture firm. However, if you are looking for something subtle, pastel hues are the best option, says interior designer Mustafa Eisa, founder of Mustafa Eisa Design. “Muted and neutral shades with a subtle play of textures works great for kitchens,” he says.
But if you love your kitchen in traditional shades such as white, there’s a solution for that too. Design director, Minnie Bhatt says that colour need not be restricted to the walls. “Kitchen appliances such as toasters and mixers are now available in numerous bright colours,” says Bhatt. Further, she suggests using small hints of colours on cabinet shutters and stylishly arranging colourful crockery in a transparent glass cabinet to add variety visually.
HINT: IT’S ALL IN-HOUSE
Unlike other rooms, the kitchen can be the messiest space and often ends up being crowded. Multi-use zones and well organised navigation is key to create a trendy one
Pai recommends few trendy storage ideas. “Ditch the cupboard doors and go for open shelving to store kitchen equipment,” he says. Items will be easy to access and it will make your kitchen beautiful func- tional and uncluttered.
“Use antique, vintage or wooden jars which are not only eye catchy but will also help storing stuff,” says Pai. Further, designers suggest using indoor plants pendant lights mason jars, mirrors and art pieces to add a fresh breath of life to your kitchen. “Indoor plants are the best way to make your kitchen look fresh, lively and bright,” says Anupama Bihani an inte- rior designer and owner of Mirabel, an interior designing store. She further suggests using stylish pendant lights over the counter for a chic and an elegant look
Bright shades such as blues and yellows are in this season. Blending them with white will make your kitchen look interesting.
To avoid having a messy kitchen, create multiuse zones that will help you stay organised.
Colourful crockery can add some character to a kitchen.
Mirrored walls will make kitchens look bigger.