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Have a happy kitchen!!

Updated on July 29, 2011

Most of us love to dish out excellent recipes and most of our loved ones love to gorge on them. All this sharing of love takes shape in our kitchens. Now a kitchen should be a happy place to be. Being in the kitchen should make you feel good, feel at home and you should feel like you are the queen or the king of the kitchen. My dad cooks extremely well but after he is finished cooking there is a herculean task of cleaning up the kitchen that is left to us. A well designed kitchen makes cooking easy and makes cleaning afterward all the more easier.


What all things to consider while you plan a kitchen interior

Kitchen layout:

kitchen layout is the most important factor. It should be designed according to the size and style of the room. An angled layout is always better as it provides a handy reach. But if your kitchen is like a passage go for the parallel counter and storage layout best keep things modular so that you can change from time to time and do not feel bored with the same look and layout. The U shaped kitchen layout is also great.


Kitchen counter top and sink:

The kitchen counter top is another factor that needs the utmost importance. The counter tops can be in a variety of materials like the tiled counters, granite one, there are also laminated counters that have a variety of colours to choose from. Each style has its pros and cons so choose according to your needs and budget. The sink that is used with the counter should also be of good quality. There are various high quality ones like the Reginox kitchen sinks in various designs and materials like the stainless steel, ceramic and many more. A good quality counter top and the sink will last long look great and you will enjoy cooking in the kitchen.

The kitchen taps:

The kitchen taps are one of the best used and the most important factors in the kitchen. These days there are the pull out taps and mixers available for the kitchen best to wash all your veggies and fruits. They provide a better reach and easy cleaning.

Dining bar:

The dining bar adds on to the look as well as the functionality of the kitchen. The dining bar can have the counter extended to make space for compact chairs or stools to be fitted under it. It makes a good place to serve snacks or lunch and dinner while you cook. The bar can also have a folding extension to make a bigger table for more people to dine while you cook. It save the work of taking everything to the dining table and bringing it back and the cleaning that takes place afterwards.

Kitchen Appliances:

Various kitchen appliances like the mixer, grinder, food processor and even the oven or the microwave should be placed so that they are extremely handy and should be kept at appropriate levels. Keep them such that if they work on electricity you don’t always have to move them for using. The mixer grinder can be one the other side but at a safe distance from the sink, so that they can be immediately cleaned after use and placed back without any hassle.

Under the counter Storage:

You can have a great storage space under your kitchen counters. There are trays that are meant for bottles and jars as well as for stacking plates, bowls, cups and mugs pans, vessels and spoons. So an effective storage under the kitchen counter and you don’t need any other storage. Rest of the space can be used decoratively showcasing collectibles and crockery. The under the sink space can be used for storing cleaning liquids, scrubs and the likes.

Other storage cabinets:

Ones you are done with the storage under the kitchen counter its time to decorate and make the kitchen look beautiful and special. If you have beautiful crockery worth a display or lot of collectibles like tea pots and antique pieces you can display them in open shelf’s and better still in shelves with frameless glass doors. Having doors to the cabinets is good for people like me who hate cleaning. An open shelf will mean that you will have to dust and clean it and the things in it regularly. A clear glass door will display the stuff as beautifully and save you the cleaning.

Lighting:

Natural lighting is always good, as it is not only healthy but also saves you the electricity bills reaching the roof. So if possible keep the kitchen facing the garden and better still a kitchen garden. You can have a window that brings in light or a door that leads to the kitchen garden which can be kept open while you are in the kitchen. But definitely you’ll be depending on the lights when the sun goes to sleep. Apart from the one main light source for the kitchen you can have lights above the kitchen counter at various places so that it uses minimum electricity and provides light only where it is needed.

A kitchen garden is probably the best aspect of a kitchen can have. You can easily grow a lot of vegetables and herbs and use them for cooking. It will provide the required oxygen in the kitchen and keep it happy and keep something or the other cooking and brewing in the kitchen. Have a happy kitchen!!

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      Shalah Chayil 5 years ago from Billings, Montana

      You write so beautifully! It's really a pleasure to read. Informative and interesting and all about kitchens and layouts and convenience. Lovely hub

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      traslochimilano 5 years ago from USA

      Well Written. Votes Up

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      Felina Margetty 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks for all the great ideas, the photo's are great and the only problem I can see is getting the results from contractors who always want to do what is easiest for them. I especially like the under sink organizer. In fact all of the ideas you present in your hubs concerning ablutions are terrific. Thanks for being out there on the hub pages F.

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      carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Ha dean!! great to know your Gf has agreed upon cooking and dont try to beat her at it! lest youll be the one using the new kitchen:))

      -thanks for the visit and leaving a note!! do direct it to GF!! glad to know you found it useful. Hope she finds it so too :))

      -carrie

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      cheaptrick 5 years ago from the bridge of sighs

      Hi'a Carrie,this hub has entered my life at just the right moment.My GF[the one I beat]has cajoled me into a rebuild of our kitchen.The deal is,she does the cooking[unless we want people to leave in which case I do the cooking]and for that she"Needs"a new kitchen.I've bookmarked this hub and will direct her to it next time I'm in trouble and need to get on her good side Ha!.

      Dean

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      carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hey beauty!! thank you for the lovely comment!! yep have a happy kitchen and cook some smashing dishes. Do not forget to document and put them up on hubs for us:))

      carrie

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      bangingbeauty 6 years ago

      These are some pictures! I love cooking so a happy kitchen is just what I need to put myself in the mood to wipe up a fancy dish. Great article!

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi thanks icciev for dropping by and leaving a comment!! and thanks for the vote up as well!! comments are much wanted, waited and appreciated:))

      carrie

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      icciev 6 years ago from Kuwait

      amazing article, designs and pictures. you selections show that you are indeed a successful designers. these wonderful kitchens indeed encourage women to make a delicious food. loved and voted up

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      hey aceblogs!! thanks i am flattered that you loved the tips for a makeover!! ok then give it a GO an enjoy a great kitchen interior!!

      carrie

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      Aceblogs 6 years ago from India

      Wow what a kitchen makeover , i am actually flabbergasted. My kitchen is always in a complete mess. Seems i need to go for interior designing of it for sure. Anyways Nice hub

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hey husky thank you so much! hope you soon buy a spacious mansion and have all the space to decorate and design to your heart’s content :)))

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      Husky1970 6 years ago

      Great tips for a 1st class kitchen. When the time comes to remodel, I will definitely revisit this hub. Thanks for the tips and information, carriethomson. Voted up and useful.

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      thank you so much for the vote up :) hope you soon get blessed and shift into a much bigger home that you live in right now and use my tips to design your kitchen haha!! and yes do keep churning out good recipes.

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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      I like the kitchen island and a dining bar. Now, all I need is a bigger house with big kitchen space ! ;)

      Voted up and useful.

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      hi carco once again thanx for being so kind and generous with your comments and voting.

      carrie

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      Paul Cronin 6 years ago from Winnipeg

      A kitchen makeover is definitely high on my list. I really like the under the counter storage ideas you have noted. Some really good pics. Thanks so much for sharing! Rated Useful and Voted Up!

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      thanx Eiddwen. looing fowrward to your visits and checking out you hubs as well

      carrie

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      An interesting na dwel, presented hub which I am sure many will benefit from reading.I now look forward to reading many more of yours.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      hey malin thanx for commenting! yes if you have that you can easily do without a dining bar, so thats a lot of space saved and the dining table put to good and optimum use :). glad you enjoyed the hub. you have some great hubs and youll definately have me following your hubs.

      carrie

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      This is my Kitchen in Modifications...When we downsized, we fell in love with a ranch style house with an open Kitchen to the Dining Room so we always feel we are part of the entertaining Fun. Wonderful Hub Carrie, lots of good and useful ideas, and of course Great Pictures. I look forward to following your Hubs and I hope you will Honor me as well.

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hey there!! Rtalloni- hope you have a lovely well designed kitchen.Thanx for dropping by.

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      hi green lotus. thank you for your kind comments and great to see see you here! A nice well designed kitchen is really imprtant!! it makes not only a happy kitchen but a happy home as well :)

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Important and lovely ideas to keep in mind when designing kitchen spaces!

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      Hillary 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      You have some great ideas to share here and the photos are super. Our company and yours have the same good taste in modern kitchens!

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi cloverleaf. a kitchen garden is the best thing that can happen to a kitchen, you can get so many home grown herbs and veggies for cooking, well if not a garden you can grow some in small pots and hang it on the kitchen window or sm suitable place where it can get good sunlight.

      Hope some day you fulfill your dream and buy yourself a house with a big kitchen and a great kitchen garden.

      thanx for the comments and voting up!!

      carrie

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      Cloverleaf 6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Carrie, I love the ideas you have provided in your hub.

      I would love a kitchen garden but my kitchen is just too small! Oh well, maybe one day!

      Voted up and useful. Thanks, Cloverleaf.

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hey! hi nell thanx for your kind comments. have a happy luxurious and a great kitchen :-)

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Movie master! ya the underneath sink is cool, and very accessible. Well i love the dining bar too, you can sit and have things served straignt from the stove! hot and spicy :-)

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, great hub, this is the sort of kitchen I would love, the storage space would be good, and I love the dining bar, really good ideas, thanks nell

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Carrie, I like the underneath sink storage unit, that's really neat!

      I'd love to have a dining bar in my kitchen, maybe one day...

      Great hub thank you and voting up.

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      @ randomcreative thanx for liking it!!

      @ iZeko yep having a good counter top is the most important.. thanx for the comment and reading the hub..

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      thanx prasetio for your kind comments. glad to know that this helped you envision your new kitchen in a better way.hope you end up with a fab kitchen with all the latest inovative stuff and facilities. my good wishes are with you :-) and thanx a ton for voting

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi koffeeklatch thanks for liking the hub and appreciating it matters a lot.

      @fashion thanks for liking it! cheers carrie :-)

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      hello andy!! there are many options for under sink cabinet, but best is to get it custom made suiting your requirements.

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      iZeko 6 years ago

      Very neat hub! I love the round countertop.

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I love all of the attention to detail!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love this hub. You filled with something substantial about what we need in the kitchen. I have a plan to improve my new house. My dream is have a kitchen like all the pictures above. I hope my dream will come true....amen. You have valuable information here. Well done, Carrie. You got my vote again. Cheers...

      Prasetio

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      fashion 6 years ago

      Very beautiful hub.very beautiful pics of kitchen.

      I love it.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      carrie, the under the sink storage unit is great. I also love the lighting in the last picture. Actually, I like the whole kitchen. Up and beautiful.

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      bluemonkeyweb 6 years ago from Warwick

      Any recommendations? oh you can call me Andy by the way, Blue seems a bit wrong!

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      hi nelio thanx for your kind comments

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      Nelio 6 years ago

      Carrie: Excellent article.

      nocesana@gmail.com

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      hey jimmy!! thanx for the appreciation

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      hey blue.. good to see u again!! thanx for the comments, pull out storage are the best as they are easy to use and also save a lot of space. hope you find out a good one. cheers carrie :-)

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      Jimmy Evola 6 years ago from Australia

      nicely written hub

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      bluemonkeyweb 6 years ago from Warwick

      Good stuff once again, i like that under sink cabinet with the pull out storage, need to find one of those..