The kitchen – whether small or large should be the most functional area of your heavenly abode or dream home as it is the space where activity begins in the morning and ends in the evening. In these times, where every square inch of space in the home is most valuable, it takes a lot of thought and ideation to design the best kitchen for your family in the available space.
When talking about the different types of kitchen layouts, the parallel kitchen layout stands out as one of the ideal layouts for small spaces. It is simple where counters and cabinets are in parallel rows on opposite walls, but while a small hallway is left between the two parallel counters with the door or windows at the end of the hallway, a large triangle of work can be maintained in this type of kitchen therefore t should be chosen to create efficiency and space saving design.
In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Shruti Jain, Head of Department of Faculty of Architecture and Design at Manav Rachna International Institute for Research and Studies, listed some things to consider while designing these kitchens:
1. A gap of at least 3 feet to 4 feet must be maintained between two parallel counters. The cooktop and refrigerator should be on opposite walls with the sink preferably towards the end of the cooktop side. Modular under-the-counter layouts should be planned carefully to maximize the usefulness of this space.
2. In addition, the aesthetics must also be very well planned. Light colors and shades enhance the space by making it appear larger. Where there is a lot of light, the use of dark colors is suggested. The consideration of a dual shade with the undercounter in dark tones and the top in a lighter shade seems quite on trend. Contrasting floors, worktops and backsplashes with carcass colors are recommended when designing kitchens.
3. Proper lighting in the kitchen plays an important role in increasing the functionality of the space. However, hidden ceiling lights and streamlined fixtures under the pendant units contribute to perfect lighting in the most important space in the house, the kitchen.
4. Keeping family needs, space constraints, budget and other factors in mind and in high consideration helps bring out the best layout for kitchens.
Claiming that the parallel kitchen is the best form of modular kitchen layout in terms of design aesthetics as well as functionality, Khanindra Barman, co-founder of Wurfel, pointed out that the most popular kitchen layout nowadays – the island kitchen – is derived from the parallel kitchen layout. He suggested a few tips on designing a parallel kitchen layout, including:
1. Workspace – The parallel kitchen gives you maximized counter space, which allows you to have more work space and at the same time provides you with plenty of storage space under the counter or on the wall units above the counters. You can also add your large storage units and your refrigerator to one side of the storage units.
2. Ease of cooking – The parallel kitchen layout optimizes the kitchen triangle and allows the hob, sink and fridge to be placed to form a perfect triangle. Ideally we have the hob in the center of one side of the kitchen and the sink and refrigerator at the back. This kitchen format is extremely efficient and healthy for cooking.
3. Social Kitchen – The parallel island kitchen is the most social kitchen where you can cook on the island and where your family and friends hang around the large counter and socialize. They can also help you with chopping/pre-preparing/mixing drinks as you have ample counter space for more than 2-3 people to work in the same kitchen.