Kitchens are now being considered to be an important part of the house which needs equal attention as far as style and comfort are concerned. In fact, kitchens have gone on to become multi-functional areas which not only denote an area for cooking but a comfort zone, dining space, showpiece of the home or a corner for a party. Therefore, it is essential that the space is given special treatment when one is planning a renovation or going in for a new place.
Advantages of Modular Kitchens
Modular kitchens have become the order of the day due to the ease and comfort that they provide. They have redefined the homes by giving them a complete look. The modular kitchens provide everything from storage and convenience to comfort and exquisiteness. The chimney considered a part of the modular kitchen effectively emits the smoke while the drawers of various sizes provide effective storage for vessels, containers, and cutlery. Moreover, these kitchens can be customized as per one’s requirement, convenience and budget.
While it is a fact that modular kitchens have changed the face of kitchens, it must not be forgotten that designing and maintaining a modular kitchen is equally difficult. Therefore, one should be informed and know how to go about designing and maintaining a modular kitchen.
Tips on Designing and Maintaining Modular Kitchens
Here are some tips on how to design and maintain such kitchens:
Effective Plan: it is essential to get the modular kitchen designed in a way that is convenient. While everything looks good in pictures, in magazines or in stores, it must be useful as well. The kitchen space must be well adapted so that one gets the best of space utilization. One can get the help of interior designers as they can get the right combination of function and beauty within a set budget.
Choice of material: it is important to choose a material that is trendy, stylish and yet useful. While granite tops and marble slabs are preferred, there can be a combination of steel, stone, and glass. Materials can have a matte finish, high gloss finish, fabric finish, texture finish or be marine ply or medium density fiber. For those that are looking for high-end kitchen solutions, opting for the German acrylic finish or the higher ranged lacquered finish is the ideal option. However, one must consider the maintenance of the kitchen as well and choose a material that blends with the rest of the house and is easy to maintain. Each of the materials has its pros and cons, thereby making it essential to research before getting one applied to the modular kitchen. One must be well versed in the maintenance requirements of each material so that there are no problems later on.
Colors and Fixtures: the kitchen must be the brightest spot of the house as it must exude a fun and friendly space where cooking is not a chore but a pleasant activity. There is no dearth of colors and color combinations that give the kitchen a bold and bright look. While choosing an appropriate color is important to give the kitchen a stylish look, it is equally important to choose lighting fixtures that impart a bright look to the kitchen and not produce shadows. The workspace should be well lit so that one is able to see and work properly. The focus of designing a modular kitchen should be on ergonomics, energy efficiency, and sustainability.
Maintenance of Modular Kitchens
Modular kitchens give a stylish and modern look to the house only when they are maintained properly. Therefore, it is necessary to keep the shelves, tabletops and the drawers clean. As the concept of open areas is growing, the wall between the living room and the kitchen is coming down. With open spaces, kitchens must be clean and tidy.
The maintenance of the modular kitchen includes keeping the counter-top, the drawers, and the cupboards clean. As the drawers can be rolled out, they can be cleaned regularly. Depending upon the material used, these areas can be cleaned with a moist cloth to soak in the dirt and grime. The chimney must be cleaned at regular intervals to prevent clogging of pores. Since the drawers are lined with steel fittings to accommodate the utensils, containers and other vessels, they must be kept dry to avoid rusting. The homeowners can clean the kitchens regularly on their own or get an annual maintenance contract for a thorough cleaning session.
Our guest blogger today is Jason Phillips. Jason likes to experiment with styles that lend a distinctive touch to his home and he shares some creative ideas on modular kitchens. He is also running a site www.kitstone.co.uk where you get handmade and solid wood kitchens.