A pleasant, hygienic kitchen not only makes cooking a pleasure, it is also vital to your health
Your kitchen isn’t just your source of food; it’s also the benchmark of your health, which is why you should design it in such a way that it complements your culinary taste and hygiene standards. Here are a few tips that can add to your joy of cooking:
• While planning the kitchen, make sure the layout facilitates smooth, unhindered movement between all points of activity in the kitchen.
• There should be easy access from the kitchen to the front door of your house; fixtures and utilities should be in the place they are needed.
• There should be adequate exposure to the sun and fresh air, an efficient exhaust system and spaces that are relatively nook-and-corner-free so that regular cleaning, sweeping and swabbing are not a daunting task.
• For the kitchen platform, use granite or kaddapa stone as not only they are easy to clean but the gleam on them also stays for a lifetime.
• Use a stainless steel sink in the kitchen instead of granite since it is easier to keep clean.
• If you have a dull kitchen with little light, you might want to try using bright crockery in the display area. Also use orange and yellow shades to make it livelier, instead of plain cream or biscuit coloured ones.
• Display crockery in a vertical fashion. It creates a spacious, bright effect.
• Kitchen lighting usually consists of a single fluorescent strip but remember, this room needs more than just one source of general light.
• Ensure a high level of shadow-free general lighting, important in an area where you are handling sharp knives and scalding hot pans. This should always be supplemented with task lighting focused precisely where it is needed.
• Use concealed strips on top of your wall mounted kitchen units, fixed at the back and against the wall. These will transmit light upward and will reflect off a white ceiling, thereby creating an effective glow.