What do you associate with Indian food? Spiciness, full of flavour with a touch of creativity and diversity too.
The great thing is that you can incorporate this into your kitchen design as well. An Indian style kitchen might not be the first thing on your mind when it comes to renovating your home but the essential aspects make a lot of sense. This design allows you to be really creative when it comes to your kitchen and you can implement various different things without making the room feel overdone or cluttered.
So, what are the 5 essential aspects of an Indian style kitchen? The Kitchen Warehouse team have taken a look!
Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets
A design trend that you will see in most Indian style kitchens is solid wood kitchen units.
Indian kitchens tend to be on the more traditional end of the scale and solid wood cabinets fit this look perfectly. Oak effect cabinets work great with an Indian style kitchen and they blend in well with the overall design. As we will see later on in this blog, entry tiling is an important part of a kitchen with an Indian touch to it and solid wood is one of the best materials and looks to use with wall tiles.
If you want to start off your Indian style kitchen look in your own home then this type of kitchen units are a great first step.
Utilise Kitchen Space
Many Indian kitchens can be small and compact. For many people, this can be a hindrance but in actual fact, it can ensure that you do not clutter your kitchen and make the best use of the space that you have available.
If you have a small kitchen then an Indian style is something that can work really well for you. Lots of pull out storage space, tall cabinets (if you have the vertical space to spare) and making use of wall hooks will make sure you get the most out of your small space. Also, follow the triangular rule when it comes to designing your kitchen.
A triangle shape should go from your fridge, sink and your cooker. This makes it easier to prepare food, cook and clean up afterwards especially in compact rooms where you do not have a lot of space to work with.
Build A Service Window
This choice is not for everyone. In fact, you do not often see many modern kitchens that use this as they tend to opt for a open planned style.
That being said it is a good way to make your design stand out from the crowd. If your eating area is separated from your kitchen then fashioning a service window is a practical way of opening up this space to a degree without completely knocking a wall down. In Indian style kitchens, it has a very practical purpose as it allows certain food to be served straight away.
A service window also gives you the opportunity to cook in the kitchen and be involved in the conversation in the eating area too.
Tiles Equal A Cleaner Kitchen
Tiles are notoriously easy to clean, usually and that is why they are a staple part of an Indian style kitchen.
Cooking can get messy. Splashes, spills and accidents happen on a regular basis and cleaning these off tiling is far easier than anything else. The wall around the cooker is a prime area that is usually tiled in an Indian kitchen and it is the best option for any splashes or spills. A quick wipe with a damp cloth is generally enough to clean off any stains and it is a far better alternative than trying to clean paint or wallpaper.
If you are using solid wood kitchen cabinets like we advised above then mosaic tiles in a darker shade than your cabinets work best and give a great contrast to the room.
Make Sure There Is Adequate Ventilation
OK, so you probably will not be cooking Indian food all the time however a basic design of an Indian style kitchen is proper ventilation.
The reason for this is that the smell of Indian food can be overwhelming. No matter how good it smells you do not want a lingering food smell in the room for hours or even a day afterwards. This is true for cooking most meals and it is why adequate ventilation is a must. The good news is that you can incorporate ventilation into your overall design.
If you want a minimalist style Indian kitchen then a slimline ventilation hood will keep everything compact particularly in a small space but if you have room to spare then oversized hoods can provide a fantastic edge to your design. Why not create a sort of accent with your cooker hood and choose a colour that stands out from the rest of your kitchen?
Indian Style Kitchen
You do not have to incorporate all these aspects in your design if you want a kitchen that has a distinct Indian style to it.
These 5 essential aspects of an Indian style kitchen can be used for most other kitchen designs as well. Remember that an Indian style kitchen should be full of brightness, dynamism and energy so avoid darker shades and make use of smart lighting solutions if your kitchen does not receive much natural light.
If you need any help designing your dream kitchen or if you are stuck for inspiration then we will gladly help you to find a style that suits your home. Just contact us by calling 01765 640 000 or email us at [email protected].