have become the main gathering place in many modern households. Families
congregate there to eat, work and talk. Entertaining has become more
informal, and guests nowadays are often involved in the meal-making
process, instead of waiting politely in the living room.
is no one 'ideal' kitchen. What is perfect for you depends on your
personal lifestyle. To acquire that perfection, you need to establish
your personal priorities. The kitchen is one of the most functional
rooms in the home, and needs detailed planning if you are to be satisfied
first stage is planning the layout, the vital key to making your kitchen
easy to work in. You need to work this out before you go on to set
out ground rules for positioning kitchen units and appliances. Depending
on your lifestyle, you can choose from a variety of styles, from a
country farmhouse kitchen to something hi-tech and modern, or even
something minimalistic. There are various shapes of kitchen design:
the L-shape, the U-shape, and the single line. Space is also a consideration.
Can your kitchen accommodate an island layout? Or is it so tiny that
not a centimetre can be wasted?
Nagina Sinha's house has two kitchen areas. The larger one is located
on the ground floor, while another one, smaller, but very unique in
style, is in the 1st floor. The focus of this story is on the kitchen-cum-dining
area, which is literally the heart of the household as the family
spends a lot of time there, taking all their meals, and sharing tea-breaks
there with close friends and relatives.
room being almost square shaped, the ideal layout seemed to call for
an island design. Hence, a small dining table was placed at the centre
of the kitchen. The table is made of wrought iron with a 8"mm
glass top. The chairs are also wrought iron, with fabric seats and
backs. The dining set, with its rust polish makes the kitchen look
floor was initially covered with black tiles, which darkened the entire
room. These were replaced by wooden-textured tiles set diagonally
across the floor.
kitchen cabinets have taken the world by storm. Scrupulously designed
to fulfil individual needs and adapt to available space, modular kitchens
that have become the common way of life in the West over the last
century are finally gaining ground here. These ready-to-install kitchen
cabinets are durable, strong, pest-proof, highly scratchproof, and
corrosion resistant. The doors are self-closing and equipped with
sound-deadening gaskets and imported hinges. Just such a readymade
kitchen cabinet, made of hi-tech powder-coated laminated board in
an elegant deep bottle-green shade was set around the kitchen. This
cabinet has two portion, the lower part being 2'6" high, and
the upper part being about 2'0" high, with a 2' gap between them,
just like any standard kitchen cabinet.
oven was placed on one corner of the room, with a kitchen hood for
convenience. An exhaust fan was installed nearby to remove any odour.
Next to the oven, a long was basin was placed. Kitchen sinks are very
important, and can either be set on a basic unit of dimensions identical
to that of the cabinet, or set into a hole specifically cut out of
is a wide window in front of the wash basin, for ventilation purposes,
and also to allow plenty of natural light to come through, making
it a pleasant place to work in. A frilled green curtain enriches the
window. A mineral water dispenser was set next to the washbasin.
in mind the specific needs of the Bangladeshi housewife, ready kitchens
are now built with ample storage space. The long silver sections are
for storage. These can be used to store dry fruit, biscuits and other
items, and the compartments provided in the storage sections can be
modified according to the needs of the user. The tops of the lower
cabinets are made of black granite. Granite is the best material to
use as kitchen worktops, being easy to clean. They are also important
for the installation of electrical appliances. Mrs. Sinha placed a
beautiful stainless-steel microwave oven on one side, and a blender
next to it. A huge refrigerator was placed in the corner punch space.
Careful consideration must be given to the placement of kitchen appliances,
to best suit the needs of the user.
plays an important role in any kitchen or dining room. Ms. Sinha had
a good collection, and an arrangement was made to display some choice
pieces, to give the area a dressy look.
décor in the kitchen, as in any other area, is characterised
by a consensus between formal and informal styles, to arrive at a
beautiful co-ordination of style, colour and texture. Bearing in mind
the overall dé
cor, the walls were painted in green and lemon stripes, which in contrast
with the solid green cabinets, look very dramatic.
in the kitchen should specifically fulfil the requirements of the
users. A chandelier was set over the dining table to give focus on
the eating area. Accent lights were placed in front of the oven.
door is the reception point for the kitchen-cum-dining area. Previously,
a black double Thai aluminium door existed, which was replaced in
favour of an ornamental wooden double door with eye-catching glasswork.
This changes the total view of the place.
slightly expensive option is to arrange some green plants, paintings,
photographs or decoration pieces to dress up the place. We used small
paintings, collection pieces and photos in every available corner
to give the place a personal touch.
you have it, a cosy area with an unusual colour scheme, and plenty
of personal items. Who could ask for a more pleasant place to cook
and dine in?
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Photo Credit: Hasan Saifuddin Chandan