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

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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

ISTOCK

Bright shades such as blues and yel­lows are in this sea­son. Blend­ing them with white will make your kitchen look in­ter­est­ing.

MILLIND PAI

To avoid hav­ing a messy kitchen, cre­ate multi­use zones that will help you stay or­gan­ised.

ISTOCK

Colour­ful crock­ery can add some char­ac­ter to a kitchen.

PRIYANKA MEHRA

Mir­rored walls will make kitchens look big­ger.

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