Several factors like cuisine, cultural insights, and historical perspective often influence Indian kitchen designs. The reason being that food cooked by us in our kitchen is a total of all these influences. Let’s start with some historical trivia: Were you aware that before 50 years ago, all Indian kitchen designs were for sitting kitchens? Our ancestral parents probably sat down and cooked on low-height firesides and the storage around them was set up accordingly. So, the standing kitchen concept itself is new to our country.
But even if we are assuming that a standing kitchen is a contemporary mandate, you need to find out how diverse is a contemporary Indian kitchen designs from the ones found in the rest of the world (particularly the west).
The Meaning of Ideal Indian Kitchen and Its Difference from Abroad’s Modular Kitchen
In the modern age setup, Indian kitchen designs are in a wide range. Many diverse designs are around that are suitable to different lifestyles and family types. To illustrate, a single woman who lives alone is not in the need of a kitchen that is supportive for cooking for a large family with children and grandparents. But, if we are looking at the lowest common denominators for the Indian kitchens, they are as follows:
- Closed arrangement because too many strong flavors are being prepared in the kitchen.
- The abundance of storage for the groceries that we buy in bulk.
- Darker colors because the taste makings fly and grease up the kitchen so easily.
- Strongly built flooring and countertops with easy-to-clean backsplashes because most likely we cook up a lot!
*Not all kitchens in India are subscribing to the above-mentioned generalizations, so they are just directional and are not supposed to be considered as thumb rules.
Paramount Indian Kitchen Designs and why they are Workable
Design all revolves around variety and for the illustration of this very thing; Here are 25 Indian Kitchen Designs. Let’s begins the inspiration!
1. Parallel Indian Kitchen Designs that is Dually Toned
This parallel kitchen is so longish that it is provisional of enough counter space for cooking for the hugely enormous Indian family.
Fortunately, a room is available here for multiple cooks. Also, you should never miss the fact that all the accessibility is bound to be improved employing base cabinets that are drawers in actuality; this is one kind of kitchen that considers the elderly ones.
2.The Yellow Island Kitchen that is lively to the Extreme
As we all know, Indians are great enthusiasts of pop colors, and so this brightly color kitchen is called a ‘pop’ kitchen.
Quite highly, it is unlikely that you are bound to discover anywhere that energetic shade of yellow in the globe!
But you should not miss the pure level of this island kitchen. The storage it offers (the roof spaces) even gives it entry into the great fame hall of the Indian kitchens!
3.The Superior Neutral and White Kitchen
Lofts have to be there in the Indian Kitchens. We can hardly have enough storage space without these!
The floor-to-ceiling vibe of this kitchen is quite traditional. This would be convincing a lot to the Indian family that no space is bound to be wasted. Besides, we are passionate about the way how the whites are forming the preparatory area within the kitchen.
4.Kitchen Having All Spoons Row Wise
All cooking & serving spoons that we make use of are endless. So the best way to store them is to hang them on Spoon Hangers.
It helps a lot to have all the cooking and serving spoons row-wise, and the blackboard behind the rack changes the game. It can be brought into usage for menu planning or leaving instructions for the help of the household. And surprisingly, all this is inexpensive!
5.The Kitchen Utility
The kitchen design utility in India has a direct relation to whether they are having an area of separate utility or not.
Always there exists a chance that our household help is not going to turn up on some days. It is better than a separate utility sink that must be there so that the one in the kitchen is not getting filled with used vessels. Moreover, an extra sink always comes into usage.
Closed kitchens having doors helps keep the simmering flavors apart from the drawing area
This type of kitchen is having a traditional doorway but you can even induct a sliding door to save space. If this is even not possible, a partition can do the job too.
7.The Classic Mix of Blue and White
The lower cabinets having dark colors ensure protection against curry spills. But definitely, the white countertop is not misleading. It is made of quartz of high quality that is not porous and can manage very high temperatures. Therefore, it will also hold up against the curry spills too even if it is pearly white.
8.The ‘Indian Summers’ Kitchen
Imagine a kitchen having a fan for the Indian Summers!
It takes an individual who has done cooking in a stuffed kitchen at 45 degrees Celsius to appreciate the value of a kitchen that has a fan! A fan is even useful and helpful in the dissemination of smoke and smells quickly.
9.Artistically Traditional Indian Kitchen Designs
Are you often getting to see Indian motifs for backsplash tiles?
This specific minaret pattern is reminding us of Mughal architecture, one of the architectural styles that our country is famous for. Within a white or neutral kitchen, this backsplash definitely would be the piece of statement.
10.A kitchen that is well ventilated
A kitchen having many windows sounds quite Indians.
Formerly, when exhaust fans existed, kitchen designs in India included ventilation utilizing windows all around on both sides of the kitchen. Together with its wooden tones and gigantic dimension, this kitchen is ideal if you are having a large family to cook for.
11.Open Shelves made it easier
So many open shelves have been made for accessibility for those who are cooking in a hurry.
So if you are a working mom or a busy homemaker, your hands would have developed muscle memory of where you keep things in the kitchen. You can finish cooking as soon as possible, so it helps if you are having open shelves that you can reach out to at ease.
12.The kitchen having Profile lighting under spice shelves
This kind of kitchen is having so many spice racks for our numerous spices.
This interesting point sets kitchen designs apart in India. On average, a Western kitchen is bound to have 5-6 spices at most. Indian kitchen is having close to 20 on average! It might be higher in number as dependent upon the individual who is cooking. Thus, there is a requisition of plenty of shelves just for a bulk stock of the spices.
13.Indian Kitchen Designs having Modular Solutions
Modular Solutions means pull-outs for spices.
For most of the exotic spices that you are not often using, there are accessories of pull-out type. Modular solutions are helpful in the organization of our extensive ware so they can be considered a godsend for the Indian Kitchens.
14.Pantry Pull-outs: All Groceries Kept together
One tall unit installed for all the groceries stored at one destination
There are fast fading gender roles in a contemporary Indian family. Consequently, it is not just one individual who is cooking in the kitchen most of the time. Multiple cooks in the kitchen can lead to domestic quarrels as they would possibly be storing groceries in diverse cabinets. But with a tall unit that is having a pantry pull-out, the whole of the grocery store is in one place. This will thereby avoid quarrelling.
15.Country Style Kitchen having Traditional Colors
Indian Country-Style Kitchen
Country-style traditional kitchens are marked for their breezy design and accessibility in the West. Our Traditional Indian versions are structurally not so diverse. But the kitchen color combinations give them a unique look. And never should you miss the brick walls that are exposed, which is making an additional rustic touch.
16.Victory to the Utensil (Plates) Basket
It is not possible to go without the plate and spoon basket.
No wonder what the Indian modular kitchen might be, inevitably you will find a plate utensil basket in the lower cabinets and a tray for spoons sorting. These have become affixes for us.
17.The countertop that is a hob and ‘black’
The black granite countertop that is quintessential
The shiny black countertop is something that is grown up as seen in most of our homes. The most sturdy and cost-effective countertop option is none other than granite for Indian kitchens. Additionally, everything goes with black and you will not feel restricted while choosing the color of cabinets.
18.Warm colors giving the energy to fire and food
Indian Kitchen that is Vaastu-compliant
If you have been living or have grown up anywhere in the Indian subcontinent, you will comprehend the emphasis laid by us on the science of energies called Vaastu Shastra. And as per Vaastu, kitchens are having the energy of fire or Agni. Therefore, they either have to be red, yellow or orange color-wise for the reflection of their warmth.
19.Back are the Curves
Very well going ornamental shelves with our Indian sensibilities
Even if the rest of the world is finding attractive the straight lines and clean layouts, we are heartedly set on the curves. Those spice racks give such a curved look. How ‘Indianish’!
20.Prayer Room in the Indian Kitchen Designs
Indian Kitchen designs having Temple
In Indian households, the kitchen is second in sacredness lust to the prayer (pooja) room. And if you can bundle the two together, then there is nothing more like the same as mentioned above.
21.The Professional Kitchen Lighting
Task lighting for all the preparatory work
While our cultural aesthetic lays great emphasis on natural light for well-lit kitchens we have made our task lighting system, which is one of the modern systems of belief.
22.Serving Window Type
The serving or a pass-through window lets easier access to food sans compromise the kitchen privacy.
The serving window was part of the colonial kitchen design that used to constitute a culture of upstairs and downstairs. The food was prepared and served by the staff sans the problem of the kitchen on the reach of the dining halls.
23.As simple as you can keep
You can easily clean the back-painted glass of the backsplash.
We do have to clean the space very often subject to the fact that all the oil, smoke, and grime that are natural outcomes of our kind of cooking. Besides, the back-painted glass looks seamless and is less costly as compared to most tiles.
24.The kitchen of No-Bend Type
All drawers have been formed in place of lower cabinets in this type of kitchen. Therefore, there is no need to bend and reach it.
This kitchen is exclusively designed for elderly people cooking in our kitchens.
25.Wooden Tones and Designs All Over
Considered to be the favorite of all Indians
Even if we might try, we are not used to ‘use and throw’ culture prevalent in the West. At our core, Indians like to be preserving for the future and the people who will live, and we are the true believers of the fact that anything made of wood is going to be long-lasting. That is how the Indian concept or obsession for the wooden tones is designed!