Simple kitchen design for the home makeover of your dreams

 

The kitchen has played several roles in an Indian home. While olden day kothis had traditional open rasois, modern houses in our country showcase a variation in design and layouts. While independent homes and bungalows have room for spacious islands and, sometimes, even open out into a lawn or backyard, smaller apartments and rentals have to squeeze in every amenity into a matchbox space, sometimes having to make do with a preexisting layout.

Whatever the living situation, the primary function of a kitchen is to be as straightforward and easy to use. and the help... functionalityand the help, we have good enough reasons to look for a design that's as realistic in terms of functionality. 

Here are 10 clever and unique ways to plan a simple kitchen design in any home.

 

1. A SIMPLE SMALL KITCHEN DESIGN WITH ROOM FOR EVERYTHING

The starting point for a small simple kitchen design is including only what’s necessary and functional, and skilfully fitting it in the space available. This simple kitchen design, while spread across a single wall, includes all the necessary electrical fittings, a sink, ample cabinetry for storage and a roomy countertop.

EASY HACK: Utilizing every inch of space, the floating shelves and hooks on the wall are perfect for placing or hanging essentials that you would reach for regularly through the day. And, small potted herbs will add a touch of greenery and freshness to the space (and your food!)

Simple kitchen design in light pink, several potted plants and hanging kitchen tools

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Simple kitchen design with polished grey drawers and cabinets and colourful items on the countertop

Photography by Prachi Damle

2. AN INDIAN SIMPLE KITCHEN DESIGN HAS SOMETHING FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

In our country, the kitchen is the heart of the house and has therefor evolved into a space used by everyone, from members of the family to the house staff. This requires the simple kitchen design to fulfil a variety of needs and functionalities. This simple kitchen design has daily essentials like tea and coffee, snacks, mugs, and spices for cooking within easy reach, while non-essential items are tucked away within drawers and cabinets below the countertop or on the walls.

 

3. A SIMPLE KITCHEN DESIGN IN LIGHT COLOURS

For many, “simple living” equals “minimal living”. In this simple kitchen design, the countertops are left as bare as possible, adding to the openness and simplicity of the space. While this is a well-spaced kitchen, its clean white countertops and light grey cabinetryare the perfect example of a possible combination in a small simple kitchen design.

INSIDER’S EYE: Although white countertops are a visual delight and are hence found in many houses and catalogues overseas, we suggest to opt for a simple black granite countertop in an Indian home—spices and condiments, which are staples in our cooking (such as haldi), can permanently stain lighter surfaces creating an irreparable long-term mess.

Simple kitchen design in a wide and clean space, white countertops and light grey cabinetry

Image Courtesy, Nest

Simple kitchen design with light wood panelling, matte black fittings and door

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4. A SIMPLE KITCHEN DESIGN WITH BOLD COLOURS AND TEXTURES

Completely on the other end of the spectrum, we find this simple kitchen design, which is a far length away from the conventional idea of a simple white minimalistic space. With its light wood panelling and matte black doors, countertops and fittings, this simple kitchen design creates the perfect monochrome palette for anyone with a bolder sense of style.

PRO TIP: When working with wood and darker fittings in any interior space, make sure the room is well-lit with ample natural light to avoid looking cramped or too dingy.

5. A CAFE-STYLE NOOK IN A SIMPLE KITCHEN DESIGN

A simple kitchen design must make room for your personal habits as well. If you’re one to enjoy a morning cuppa on the countertop while preparing your breakfast, consider adding a couple of high chairs on an empty part or end of the kitchen to create your own home café. 

 

Simple kitchen design with highchairs in a café-looking style, light pink cabinets and pastel walls

Image Courtesy, Brabbu Design Forces

Simple kitchen design with bar stools as seating options, wooden panelling and white cabinets

Image Courtesy, DelightFULL

6. AN ENTERTAINING SIMPLE KITCHEN DESIGN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

If your space allows for it, and you’d like your simple kitchen design to make room to involve the whole family while cooking or simply to entertain guests, add bar stools along one side of the countertop to create seating options.

STYLE TIP: This idea works well if your whole family likes to come together in the morning for breakfast or if you have an open-plan kitchen that flows into the living room.

7. A SIMPLE KITCHEN DESIGN TO STEP UP YOUR ORGANIZATION SKILLS

To create a truly simple kitchen design, your space needs to be as fuss-free as possible. And that calls for a clutter-free countertop, leaving room for only the bare essentials. Simple cabinet designs, which include ample cabinetry under the countertop and across the breadths of the walls, will help judiciously use up every inch of space for storage, allowing you to have a mix of options to organize and put everything away.

 

Simple kitchen design with clutter-free countertop, a mosaic backsplash, white and light brown cabinets

Image courtesy, Bungalow 99

Simple kitchen design in narrow and long space, white walls and dark coloured furniture

Photographix for Neha Kachhara Interiors

8. A NEAT SIMPLE KITCHEN DESIGN IN ANY KIND OF SPACE

A simple kitchen design doesn’t always require a simple floor plan. This simple modular kitchen while extremely long, doesn’t provide much room in breadth. However, with narrower countertops and strategic placement of fittings and drawers, we have a kitchen that’s fully equipped and functional for every household requirement.

 

9. SLEEK METALLIC DETAILING IN A SIMPLE KITCHEN DESIGN

All white everything seems to be the mantra for simplicity to invoke a feeling of openness. However, for some, that could seem a bit drab and boring. If your simple kitchen design requires a lighter palette but your personal style wants a dash of pizzazz, include hints of metallics in your light fittings and knobs to up the glam quotient.

 

Simple kitchen design in all white, with golden fittings and knobs

Image Courtesy, DelightFULL

Simple kitchen design with art hanging on the wall, painted cabinetries and colourful accessories

Photography by Suleiman Merchant

10. ADDING YOUR PERSONAL STYLE TO A SIMPLE KITCHEN DESIGN

The main idea behind a small simple kitchen design is including everything you’d need for a fully functional kitchen. Most of the times when planning in this direction, you feel the need to sacrifice your own personal style. Clever tricks such as painting your cabinets and drawers in your favourite hue or hanging a piece of art on an empty wall will add character to the heart of your home.

EASY HACK: If you have floating shelves place on them your favourite mugs and plates, or opt for sentimental photographs and keepsakes. The whole room will feel immediately more personal.

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