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  • 6 Kitchen Design Trends we will see in 2018


    The new year is upon us, which gives us an opportunity for 2nd chances and new beginnings. New beginnings definitely start with our home. 2018 brings with it a few gorgeous kitchen trends, which are not only trending, but also timeless. Below are the top 6 kitchen designs we except to see in 2018.

     

    Quartz Counters: In many kitchen designs, quartz and granite are rivaled as the top countertop options. However, quartz surfaces are increasing in popularity and is expected to continue through 2018. It requires minimal upkeep, and yet provides a slight shimmer to the surface.

    Upgrade Your Kitchen Countertops New Quartz Countertops Image Credit: Sebring Design Build

    Extra-Deep Drawers: Over the last couple of years, we have seen a surge in smart storage solutions. In this regard, 2018 will be no different. More and more kitchen designs are incorporating solutions to make storage and kitchen tasks easier and effortless for the end-user. One such solution is the deeper drawer. We will definitely see deeper drawers in 2018, especially close to the cooking range to store the crockery and cooking pots and pans. The deeper drawers will keep the items organized, yet accessible all at the same time.

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    Increased Use of Wood: Taking a slight turn from the airy, modern kitchen design, a bit of warmth is making a comeback into the kitchen in 2018. Wooden elements such as wooden-looking floors or wooden cabinetry are becoming increasingly popular in the the contemporary kitchen design.  The usage of wood coming back into the is due to its design-friendly aesthetic and the environmentally friendly material.

    Glossy black and white kitchens Image Credit: Digs Digs

    Fewer Upper Cabinets: In 2018, more and more kitchen designs are opening up with fewer upper cabinets. As a result, there are more open all spaces, leading to two different design trends: more open shelves, and more storage underneath the countertops-which is why there is an increase in smart storage, as mentioned above.

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    Integrated Appliances/Appliance Garages: Another trend that we are seeing in 2018, is the increase of integrated appliances. Larger appliances such as the refrigerator are placed behind matching kitchen shutters and smaller appliances are stored below the counter in sectioned-off areas of the cabinetry. Due to the fewer upper cabinets and smarter storage solutions being created both above and below the countertop with "appliance garages", where smaller items such as a toaster or a microwave/oven are being placed for efficient kitchen storage.

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    Two-Toned Cabinets: However, for the kitchens that do have upper cabinets, there is an increase of having two tones in the kitchen rather than one. The monochrome kitchen is going out, and dual-chrome is coming in. Coming into 2018, many kitchen designs will have one color for the wall cabinets and another color for the base cabinets.

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    Make 2018, your year for a dream home. With these timeless design trends, your kitchen design will look contemporary, yet timeless in no time. We at ModSpace.in are looking forward to exciting adventures 2018 has in store. Happy New Year to all!

  • Walk-in vs. Reach-in Pantries: What works Best for You?


    Deciding the style of pantry can be a challenge in redesigning a kitchen or building a new home. Both walk-in and reach-in pantries have their own pros and cons , and the final decision comes down to storage requirements, organization style, and the amount of space which is allocated. Below are the variables that determine the best style pantry for your kitchen space.

     

    Storage: Walk-in pantries definitely have more storage capacity. They are ideal for the avid cook who wants ceiling-to-floor shelves to keep their cookbooks, ingredients, snacks, and crockery. The walk-in pantries also have more room to store larger cooking appliances. However, due to the size of the walk-in pantry, the storage will be more spread out, and it may take time to find and gather the necessary items. That way, with a reach-in pantry, the storage space is more centralized and accessible, with all items are in one area. Therefore, less time is spent searching through many shelves for various items. Yet, the storage space is limited. It is challenging to fit the larger cooking appliances, and many items transfer to the countertops.

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    Organization: With walk-in pantries one can get creative with the organization and sort through items as per preference and convenience. However, with more area there is more responsibility. The organization has be me maintained, otherwise it can get extremely untidy and difficult to manage. However, with the limited space in the reach-pantry, it is much easier to keep organized and maintain it without losing track.

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    Space: Walk-in pantries surely have more space inside, yet they also take up a lot of space within the kitchen. One of the major downsides of the walk-in pantry is the amount of space required to accommodate it within a kitchen design. On the contrary, reach-in pantries do not take up significant space, and are simply more cabinetry with extra shelves and drawers within the kitchen. Nevertheless, due to limited space inside the cabinet, some of the kitchen storage may transfer to the surrounding bench space.

    kitchen pantry cabinet Image Credit: Audrey Couture

    In choosing the reach-in or the walk-in pantry for the kitchen, it boils down to preference and space. With a walk-in pantry, there is more space, more room for organization, but it requires a regular maintenance and one has to see if it is possible within a kitchen design. The reach-in pantry is a more space-friendly solution, yet it is limited to the cabinetry and the number of items that can be stored inside. In choosing the pantry space for your kitchen, use the tips above to find the perfect pantry solution for your dream kitchen!

  • 5 Elements to Create a Timeless Look in the Kitchen


    There is no easy way to say it. Kitchen trends come and go, and focusing too much on a particular trend can make a kitchen look outdated after a certain point. However, there are certain elements within a kitchen that stand the test of time and give a kitchen a timeless look, no matter how old the kitchen is. Below are 5 elements that help in creating a timeless look within the kitchen.

     

    Neutral Colors: Sticking to subdued colors can help in creating  timeless kitchen. Neutral colors are usually required to add balance to the home interiors, yet they do not have to be boring. One can even add muted greens and blues and have them work as neutrals within the kitchen space. Pops of color can easily be switched in an out with less permanent pieces such as rugs, hand towels, or wall art. Go for neutral tones in the kitchen to stand the test of time.

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    Knobs and Handles: The most trendy design element right now is the handle-less design, but it is also a true characteristic of the modern design concept. Having handles on the cabinetry gives a more timeless look, as it is a more classic choice and can withstand for years to come. If you are going for a timeless look for your kitchen, consider the knobs and handles in your cabinet design.

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    Granite Countertops: Even the countertops make a big difference in creating a timeless look. As a countertop, granite is available in very pretty, natural tones and can really complement the overall kitchen interior. There are a variety of colors that makeup a granite countertop, yet they all add a neutral element to the kitchen space.

    Granite Countertops Image Credit: Countertop Investigator

    Smart Storage: Smart storage started as a trend, but it is one that should definitely stand the test of time. It helps the user take advantage of their space for years to come and allows the user to keep the kitchen organized. An organized kitchen space makes it more enjoyable to use, maintaining its timeless appeal.

    Smart Storage Image Credit: Lushome

    Stainless Steel Sink: A stainless steel sink is not only hygienic, but it works in all types of kitchens. It gives the kitchen a more sleek look, and can withstand the wears and tear that come with time.

    Stainless Steel Sink Image Credit: Kraus

    A timeless kitchen goes a long way. Add these tidbits to your space to stand the time test!

  • 4 Spots to add Artwork in the Kitchen


    A kitchen is more than just a functional space. It is the most used room in the home, and should even be personalized in that way. Adding decorative items or artwork to a kitchen space is a great way to make it your own, and it adds that little extra something, enhancing the entire room. Placement of any artwork in the kitchen is key to ensure it does not interfere with functionality, yet still adds to the overall design . Even the types and location of the artwork make a big difference. For example, any artwork on the walls, should be hung at eye level, unless the eye-line should be drawn upward. Other items such as colorful pieces should be kept away from direct sun to prevent color fading as well. Nevertheless, the best locations for artwork in the kitchen are given below.

    Above Upper Cabinets: With upper cabinets in the kitchen, there is always some dead space above which looks extremely bare unless something is placed on it. Therefore, add interesting pieces to the upper cabinets to draw the eye-line upward, and create that visual interest. It is a great area to place interesting sculptures or framed art pieces, as they are well out of way, yet still add some character to the kitchen space.

    Above Upper Cabinets Image Credit: Green Virals

    Near the Entrance: The kitchen entrance is a great place to add some energy as soon as you walk into the kitchen. The entrance or doorway to the kitchen typically has empty wall space next to it. Therefore, it is a great space to hang some wall art and add a bit of color to that blank space in the kitchen.

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    Open Shelving: As mentioned in many previous blogs, open shelves are great for displaying collections and storing items. They also great for placing artwork in the kitchen, yet still being out of the way of kitchen activities. Open shelves can be used to display beautiful dishes or framed paintings. The way the shelves are still being used, yet there is visual interest at the same time.

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    Above the Sink: Hanging artwork above the sink is quite unique. If there is room, the wall space above the sink will create immediate visual interest, and will give an element of surprise. In hanging items above the sink, ensure they are framed and hung a little bit higher to stay out of the moisture zone.

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    Personalize your kitchen with some amazing artwork to create a fabulous, yet functional space! Bring some energy in and liven up your kitchen!

  • 4 Things to Know about Custom-Made Cabinetry


    Anything custom-made is a blessing. In a custom design, everything is made exclusively to you, catering to your taste and your home. In the long run, a custom solution gives a seamless design, ultimately adding value to your home space. They are made-to-measure and become a real asset within the home. At ModSpace.in, we offer custom-made cabinetry in all forms for the home: kitchens, wardrobes, entertainment units, and vanities. However, before diving into the furniture, below are 4 tips to know about getting custom furniture within the home.

     

    Ask the Right Questions: In finalizing a vendor for your custom cabinetry, ensure they are genuine and provide custom solutions. Oftentimes, vendors either have stand sizes in which they create custom solutions or they are restricted with the type of measurements they can provide. For a full custom solution, ensure the vendor you choose is able to cater all types of measurements and spaces to provide the perfect solution for your home.

     

    Think about the Usage of the Cabinetry: In designing the cabinetry, consider the function. In the kitchen, it would be used to stocking crockery, cutlery, and food items. With an entertainment unit, space is needed to access the cords and accessories. Therefore, in designing the cabinetry, consider what all it will be used for based on the room or space it is in. Defining the usage while creating a custom solution eases the design process and allows the vendor further design a solution especially for you. Think about the Usage of the Cabinetry

    Make Sure Shelves can Handle the Weight: Another step to consider is how items will the stored and whether or not heavier or lighter items will be placed and their arrangement. With cabinet shelves, ensure they are sturdy enough to handle the weight. With heavier items additional support may be required.

     

    Choose the Right Finishes: Ensure the finishes are durable and long lasting. Areas in the kitchen, such as near the sink, may require a water resistant finish, while a wardrobe finish has a bit more flexibility. Nevertheless, while choosing the finish, budget also comes into play. Finishes such as laminate are much more economical, while a finish such as PU Paint or Solid wood is more expensive. For all types of furniture in the home, the are a variety of finishes at different price points.

    With finalizing the perfect solution for your home, do your homework before meeting your vendor. Have an idea of what you are looking for before picking out the cabinetry solutions. In doing so, you and your vendor can sit and brainstorm for that perfect custom solution for your home!

  • 2 Reasons to BOOK NOW and Get Your Dream Home This Navratri!


    We are already at the end of August, and festival season is just around the corner! For us at ModSpace.in, the year has simply flown by, and we cannot believe that it is nearly the final quarter and the festivals are about to start. In light of the upcoming celebrations, we are running a special delivery scheme, where if you book and finalize an order with us before September 5th, then it will be delivered to your doorstep during Navratri.

    Have an Auspicious Navratri with New Modular Furniture: Navratri is one of the most auspicious times of the year. We are all involved in upgrading and cleaning our homes to embrace this wonderful time and gear up for the Diwali festivities. Give something special to your home this year with some brand new furniture. Once the order with its specifications is finalized before September 5th, then the following couple weeks go into productions and the order is then ready for delivery during Navratri!

    Have an Auspicious Navratri with New Modular Furniture Image Credit: Pinterest

    Celebrate Diwali in your New Dream Home: With your furniture delivered and installed in Navratri, you will have something a little extra to celebrate during Diwali. Bring the Festival of Lights in your home and decorate the brand-new furniture through the entire festival season!!
    Finalize and book your order with us before September 5th, and get your dream home this Navratri! Call us at +91-7042335104 or contact us to book your showroom visit!

    We look forward to seeing you!!

  • 6 Measurements to Know When Planning Your Kitchen


    Designing  a kitchen requires precision. In creating a functional space, every millimeter counts, and there are some basic measurements that a homeowner needs to ensure they take or get done at the beginning of the design process. For taking measurements yourself check out this previous blog post. In the meantime, here is a helpful guide on some of the measurements required for your brand new kitchen space.

     

    Work Aisles and Walkways: Work aisles are where an individual stands to work at the kitchen counter, while walkways are the pathways for users and residents to move around the kitchen. Although the ideal measurements can vary depending on the space and layout of L-Shape, U-Shape or parallel, the ideal work aisle or countertop width should be at least 42 inches wide, while walkways should ideally be 36 inches wide.

     

    Countertop Height: Next is the countertop height. In other words, the ideal placement of the the kitchen counter or worktop within the kitchen. The countertop height should be proportionate to your height and size so it is comfortable for you or the main user in your home to use for a more efficient design space. A general rule to follow for a comfortable height at the kitchen counter is the measure down for the tip of the elbow. Nevertheless, an ideal place to start is at the standard height for a kitchen countertop which should be between 34 and 36 inches.

    Countertop Height Image Credit: This Old House

    Landing Areas: The landing areas cover the counter tops in both width and depth. A prep area next to the cooktop should be at least 12 inches wide, while the area next to the sink should be at least 18 inches wide. Along with the width, the average depth of a countertop is 24 inches. It is just enough space to have a productive work area within the kitchen. It ideal to place all types of items, including small utensils without the strain of reaching too far to grab anything.

     

    Space Between Countertop and Upper Cabinet: The perfect distance between the countertops and upper cabinets should be just at the perfect space where the cabinet does not get in the way, the items are easily reachable, and the counter top is easily visible for getting work done. A reference point for the ideal distance is about 15-20 inches. However, the final measurements depend on the space and the specifications of the kitchen. Ensure it is not too low that the countertop is not visible, yet that it is not too high that it is difficult to reach.

    Space Between Countertop and Upper Cabinet Image Credit: This Old House

    Cabinet Depth: Cabinet depth for upper and lower cabinets can vary. The average lower cabinet depth usually matches the countertop at 24 inches. However, the upper cabinets are typically built a little smaller than the lower cabinets, making a depth of 12-15 inches the most ideal. These cabinets are built smaller to avoid the user from banging their head while using the upper cabinets and the countertops at the same time.

     

    Work Triangle: Finally, one of the most important measurements is the kitchen work triangle. Whether the kitchen is a parallel, U-shape, or a L-shape layout, the distance between the three elements should balanced out to maximize the efficiency of the work space. For more about the kitchen work triangle, click on the previous blog post. The distance between any two appliances should be between 36 and 84 inches. Anything less or more will cause interference within the work space. Work Triangle

    Overall, the measurements given above are an average or a starting point. The ideal measurements for the kitchen are dependent on space available and proportion and size of the average use within the home. With the list above, use it as a checklist to avoid covering any missing points in your kitchen.

  • Kitchen Design Mistakes and How to Avoid them-Part 2


    previous blog post of ours mentioned the designing a kitchen is quite the challenge, and oftentimes homeowners tend to compromise on one thing or another to get the job done in some way, shape or form. However, cutting corners in a kitchen design process can lead to some major design mistakes within a home. As a result, a kitchen can be a disaster! Continuing on with the previous blog post on common kitchen design mistakes and how to avoid them, check out three more design mistakes below.

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    Compromising on Hardware: One cost-cutting technique many homeowners do is they settle for a more inferior hardware choice. Whether it is handles or drawer systems, compromising on hardware greatly affects the functionality and productivity of the kitchen. As a result, the kitchen is not as pleasant to use. The solution to avoid compromising on hardware is to be aware of the options available. Whether it is a more expensive hardware or a more economical one, be fully informed before making the final decision. Choose a hardware that adds to the kitchen's aesthetics and functionality at the same time.

     

    Rushing through the Planning Process: One of the most common mistakes in designing a kitchen, or any room, for that matter is rushing through the planning process. From the beginning of the home process to the end, we all have a desire to get the job done as soon as possible so we can move in or start using our renovated home. However, planning takes significant time. In rushing, there is a higher risk of error and lesser quality, and the finish is compromised. Avoid rushing through the process, and slow down and take your time. Ensure all the important decisions are well-planned in advance so there is no confusion at the end.

     

    Clashing Style: While choosing the overall design and appearance of the kitchen, often homeowners isolate the kitchen as its own room rather than factoring in the rest of the home. As a result, the kitchen space is a completely different design and theme compared to the rest of the home. In ensuring the kitchen design is in sync with the rest of the home, avoid patterns that conflict between the walls. Go for simple colored walls or patterns that can be complemented in the rest of the home.

    Clashing Style Image Credit: Decor Pad

    A brand-new kitchen or renovation takes its own time and comes with its own set of frustration and challenges. However with some due diligence, one can easily have a beautiful home without compromising on design, style, and functionality.

  • Removing Turmeric Stains from Kitchen Counter


    Cooking is one of the many aspects of a home we all tend to enjoy or spend time doing. However, while spreading out in the kitchen, the task of cooking can get quite messy, which can cause some spillage on the countertops and cabinets. Especially in Indian cooking, the use of spices can lead to some extremely stubborn spice stains that are difficult to get rid of. This is especially common with the yellow spice: turmeric or haldi. Nevertheless, there are a few home remedies to get rid of the stains and leave the cabinets looking nice and clean! Check out some of the home remedies below!

    Vinegar and Lemon: Vinegar and lemon are two staples that are in every kitchen. Both ingredients can be combined together to create a solution. Dilute the vinegar and lemon in water and place the solution on the stained area. The solution will soak the stain, causing it to loosen up. Next, simply wipe away with a sponge and voila! the stain is gone.

    Vinegar and Lemon Image Credit: Now at Home Mom

    Detergents: Another solution is using the regular detergent. Whether it is a laundry detergent or a dish detergent, it is an excellent solution for any kind of stain, whether it is a turmeric stain or any other food stain. A drop of the detergent should be diluted in water, and placed on the stained area, then gently scrubbed with a sponge to make the stain disappear from the countertop.

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    Baking Soda: Whether it is cleaning teeth or jewelry, baking soda has become one of the most-used home-cleaning solutions. Therefore, it works very well with food stains also. A water and baking soda paste should be applied to the stained area for a few minutes. Then the area should be wiped with any clean cloth. Then the stain is gone!

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    Multi-Purpose Cleaners: There are many other home cleaners in the market for different surfaces. All-purpose cleaners can be used be used to clean off food stains as well. As long as the cleaners are mild and non-abrasive, then they can easily be used for removing stains from a surface. 

    Overall, whether it is a turmeric stain or another spice stain or a curry stain, the solutions above work for all. They are ideal for the stubborn stains and are excellent and economical solutions. For removing those stubborn stains from your cabinets, try some of the methods above!

  • 4 Ways to add a Table in the Kitchen


    Whether a kitchen is an open kitchen or a closed kitchen, adding a table or a small dining area is a great place for allow friends and family to gather, or even have a quick bite before moving on with the day. Many of us aspire to have the huge kitchen table, but the space does not allow. However, there area few ways to create seating within the kitchen without disrupting the layout. These few ways are given below.

     

    Folding Table: One of the easiest ways to add some seating is to add a folding table. Whether it folds up or it folds down from the wall, a table can easily be added in an unobtrusive way and taken out when it is required. A small seating area can be conveniently tucked away when it is not in use. To add to the small table, one can also add compact seating in the form of stacking stools which can be placed against the wall unless they are required for use.

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    Circle Time: In a narrower kitchen design, such as a parallel or galley kitchen, a larger table will definitely disrupt the work flow. However, if a small circular table was to be added at the end, then the storage and workflow would run smoothly, along with the small seating area.

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    Breakfast Nook: Adding a nook works very well with the open-plan kitchen design. A table can be placed neatly against the wall and allow space for 2 or 3 diners. This table style is an excellent choice for the straight kitchen design or the L-shaped kitchen design. It can be added across or at the end of the layout and still appear to be a part of the kitchen. A nook is a also a great way to add some color. With colorful chairs and a fun centerpiece, the kitchen has a small dining area!

    Breakfast Nook Image Credit: House Beautiful

    Window Seat: Finally, another option of adding an easy table in the kitchen is by taking advantage of the window. A small table can be placed right next to the window to allow for that meal with a view. A seating area creates a distinction between the kitchen and the dining are within the space. Another way to take advantage of a window is by having a seating area along the windowsill. Most kitchens have a window. Therefore,  allow for  some seating to face the window within the kitchen. It is perfect for that morning coffee or easy snack before going about your day.

    Window Seat Image Credit: Houzz

    Adding a seating space in the kitchen can really elevate the space and make it feel more communal. Whether the table area is big or small, any seating can give that little extra something to the kitchen.

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