When you think of kitchen interior design, what are the aspects that come to your mind? The layout of the kitchen — open or closed kitchen? You would also consider the shape of the kitchen — whether it is an L-shaped kitchen, a U-shaped one or a parallel kitchen matters. You might also consider whether to opt for modular or semi-modular cabinetry for the kitchen. 

Did you, however, ever consider picking a style for your kitchen? Yes, kitchens do have styles just like the rest of your home. And you are invariably using one of the styles without knowing about it. So how about making an informed choice? 

Which are the best kitchen interior design styles for Indian homes?

Let’s take you through the most popular kitchen interior design styles in India so that you may choose wisely. And they are:

  • Traditional
  • Modern
  • Transitional
  • Country style
  • Industrial
  • Shabby chic
  • Bohemian style
  • Contemporary
  • Scandinavian 
  • Mid-century modern
  • Colonial 
  • Eclectic

#1: Traditional

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No inbuilt appliances

Let us firstly understand that modular kitchens are just about two decades old in India. So the concept of ‘traditional’ in India will vary from the Western style. In our context, a traditional kitchen would look something like this; it is a legacy model of the very first modular kitchens. Cabinets will have grooves and handles, there will be lofts, wall cabinets and base cabinets. Appliances are not part of the cabinets and there is just one source of lighting The backsplash will be neutral and you will see typical Indian elements in the tiling. 

#2: Modern

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Modern kitchens tend to be more seamless

The modern kitchen interior design in India is more seamless and smooth. You see more inbuilt appliances, the cabinets have profile handles or are push-to-touch. You see lighting divided into ambient and task lights, typically under cabinet lighting, while the materials used for cabinet finishes (including acrylic, high-gloss laminate or back painted glass) accentuate the seamless look. Even the backslash can be lacquered glass or stone (same as the counter) for a uniform look. 

#3: Transitional

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It has elements of both traditional and modern kitchens

As the word ‘transition’ suggests, this is a style that combines two different time periods. If you observe carefully, this kitchen is a combination of the traditional and modern styles. The cabinets are grooved and have handles but the appliances are inbuilt. The backsplash is stone for seamlessness but there is no task lighting. Essentially, the elements of two different time periods blend organically in a transitional kitche. You can pick this style if you like dated or vintage looks but also want a kitchen that is efficient to use. 

#4: Country style

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Look for warm and rustic elements like brick wall or wooden rafters

Firstly, all country-style kitchens must have an open layout. The idea is that the person cooking in a country kitchen has a complete view of the house. Add to this rustic elements like wooden rafters for the ceiling and stone or brick walls. Wooden tones or warm colours go best with this essentially cosy kitchen interior design style. 

#5: Industrial

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It has a characteristic ‘unfinished’ look

For those you haven’t already read our story about kitchen trends in 2021, industrial kitchens are in and they are here to stay! Black metal lights and fixtures, distressed or membrane finish, cement screed walls and flooring and the overall unfinished look that goes with loft-style industrial kitchens is making its mark in Indian homes. Not only is it an affordable style but also very easy to maintain. 

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#6: Shabby Chic

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The trick is to get some cute accessories and add some vintage elements

If we were to explain the shabby-chic style in brief, it would be a look that  you can pick out of a garage sale. This style takes imperfections in its stride; in fact, it  actually thrives on these slight imperfections as they make any space look unique. Considering the chaos of the average Indian kitchen, this is a great pick. 

PRO TIP

 A shabby chic look can give an old kitchen a facelift without any structural renovation and make the disarray in your kitchen a style statement. 

And how do you do that?

Cover up your open cabinets with bunched curtains and install cute/quaint handles for the old cabinets. Add elements like vintage lighting and use pretty mason jars to fill the open shelves. 

#7: Bohemian 

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Colours, patterns and plants give the kitchen a ‘layered’ look

Yes, it has plants, lots of colour and a layered look, which is core to any Bohemian space. Bohemian kitchens are no different in terms of these aesthetics. Patterns will be woven into this style with the tiles of the floor as well as the backsplash. Expect colours, lots of bright colours. You can in fact use vibrant jars and crockery to add to this bold look. And plants, in the form of your kitchen garden, must be included too. 

PRO TIP

Any kitchen can be given a bohemian look using accessories, decor, and most importantly plants. 

#8: Contemporary

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Open layout+ breakfast counter+ seamless design= Contemporary kitchens

Firstly, contemporary is not a style but a mix of style elements that are currently in vogue. What we mean is that a contemporary kitchen in the next decade might end up looking very different from the one we are describing now. As of 2021, a contemporary kitchen has modular cabinets with slim profile handles or no handles at all. It has inbuilt appliances and has an open layout with a breakfast counter. Two-toned or kitchens in two colours make the cut into contemporary for the element of contrast. This is particularly relevant if we are talking about a compact kitchen. 

#9: Scandinavian

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Scandi kitchens use natural night as a design element

Believe it or not, Scandinavian design has worked its way into the Indian design consciousness. Not only do we understand Scandinavian design but also opt its various elements with surprising regularity. When this overarching global phenomenon has touched our living rooms and bedrooms, kitchens could not be far behind. Natural light is central to Scandi kitchen interior design so keep a large window or carve out one. Whites or neutrals with seamless finishes (no visible handles and smooth surfaces like acrylic) are preferred. However, some elements of warmth like wooden laminate flooring are essential in the scope of this style. You might also consider keeping easy to grow houseplants in such kitchens that are inherently open in terms of layout. 

#10: Mid-century Modern

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Mid-century modern kitchens merge with the dining space

It would be incomplete to say that mid-century modern kitchens are open. It would be far more accurate to say that the dining area merges with the kitchen in this style. Hanging pots and pans are a distinct element of this design tailor made for compact uptown apartments. Appliances take on a special importance because this was historically supposed to be the kitchen for the working woman or the single man. In terms of colour, novel shades like mauve or teal are preferred as are wooden and metallic tones. Texture is very important in this style so bring one chevron or herringbone patterned tiles!

#11: Colonial 

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Colonial kitchens are marked by their scale and vintage vibes

Colonial is a kitchen interior design style that reeks of our past, colonial rule to be precise. This style comprises vintage elements like the chandelier you see here with native aspects of Indian design like the curvy wooden chairs. The cabinets look chic with handles that have dainty glass details. The chessboard pattern you see on the backsplash is a distinct colonial element too. Dark coloured wood is preferred in this style; hence, the flooring is a deep shade of rubber wood. 

PRO TIP

You can try the colonial style only if you have a large enough kitchen.

#12: Eclectic

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How many different style elements can you spot here?

Last but not the least, eclectic is a style that burrows elements from all other styles. It is basically a personalised mix of mismatched style elements that somehow make sense together.  As this style is essentially personal, no two eclectic kitchens look the same. Take this one for example. The backsplash is lacquered glass that is modern, the cabinets have the grooved look of country-style kitchens but the finish is distressed, which is typical of the industrial style.

PRO TIP

Don’t try this by yourself. Eclectic kitchens need to be carefully designed by professionals so that there is a definitive method to madness. 

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