IDEAL KITCHEN

Kitchen is a place for cooking. It is a place from where health starts and retains. Today we create a kitchen which is nature friendly, modular, safe, hygienic and healthy.

MOOD OF THE ROOM:

The internal environment of a kitchen should be healthy, fresh, relaxed and cheerful. It must ensure efficiency, comfort and sense of ease.

BASIC NEEDS:

  • A kitchen should essentially be a healthy place.
  • It should have at least two openings to facilitate cross ventilation.
  • The sound level in the kitchen should be less than 60 decibels.
  • Presence of Cosmo telluric channel is an invisible channel link between Sun and Earth. It indicates a healthy environment essential for a healthy environment.
  • Kitchen should have internal harmony. A perfect balance of the internal and external energies. It should be closely connected to the nature.
  • A kitchen should be free from clutter. Clutter refers to the excess things in a place which can be removed and stagnation. Stagnation refers to stagnated placements of objects in a place for long durations.
  • Parachina should be created through cross ventilation.
  • The level of natural sunlight should ideally be more than 200 lux.
  • A kitchen should not suffer from geopathic stress, earth’s energy lines and electromagnetic fields.


LOCATION:

Ideally a kitchen should be preferred in the southeast of the building. The internal environment of kitchen in southeast encourages efficiency while cooking. The activities of a kitchen can be drain out best in this direction. The rays of the sun are disinfectant and eradicate toxins and other contaminations from the air and purify it . Kitchen can also be in northwest of the building. The rays of the sun in northwest can kill bacteria easily. Additionally there is a high frequency of air movement facilities better cross ventilation. Utility room (A separate room meant for cleaning of utensils and clothes) can be attached to the kitchen can be placed in the southeast east or southeast south.




  • Wooden Cabinets should never be installed above counter top. Such placements create a fire hazard to the lady reaching for stored articles because her clothing might ignite.
  • To assist the persons with visual impairment and those with poor vision, the control dials in addition to visual marking should be marked, shaped, or provided with click stops, so that the fingers can feel such marks, shapes or clicks representing the various intensities at the burner.
  • The three basic work centers in a kitchen are stove, refrigerator and sink. Work centers are best aligned following a right to left progression for right handed people.


  • A minimum of 5 feet width should be provided for wheelchair to turn within the kitchen counter tops if there is a handicap person in the house.
  • The kitchen sink should be 4 feet deep. The drain should be at the rear of the sink and provide maximum clearance for knees.
  • A single lever handle, water control mixing faucet for hand infirmities should be provided. Shelves should be pull out and adjustable in height.
  • Air the room by opening the windows and doors in the morning. This would ventilate the room and would let the positive solar radiations enter into the room. This practice would give multifold benefits if the is located in the east of the building.
  • Keep the window slightly open at night as it would help to air the room, thus reducing humidity and discouraging mould growth.
  • Use quick laminate or ceramic tiles in a kitchen for easy cleaning & maintenance.
  • Use washable paint on the wall, and put tiles behind the range or cooker (stove) to act as an easy-clean splash back.


  • Keep furniture to an absolute minimum to prevent a built up of dust. Avoid open shelves for display. Air, board based furniture to reduce levels of formaldehyde. Used Glass based shelves for display of crockery.
  • Check that cockroaches can not gain access to inside of electric equipment, where they can live undetected, producing a built up of allergen.


  • Keep wall free of clutters much as possible – pictures, decorative plates, posters, ornaments, and so on are dust and grease collectors.
  • Regularly empty any water that has collected in the drip pan under the refrigerator to prevent mold growth and discourage cockroaches.
  • Keep cooling coil clean and free from dust and dirt.
  • Clean spills or dropped food immediately.
  • Bear in mind that lighting situated above the range or cooker, or built into the cooker hood, will need more frequent cleaning.
  • Choose stainless-steel, solid-wood, or low-emission board cabinets, or those sealed entirely with plastic laminate. Readymade cabinets are often produced from board products that emit formaldehyde.
  • Keep clutter and ornaments to a minimum to prevent dust collecting and make surfaces easier to clean.
  • Build kitchen cabinet right up to the ceiling to avoid dust-collecting, hard-to-clean tops.


  • Buy electric cooker (stove) or range rather than a gas or solid-fuel type.
  • Bear in mind that a ducted hood removes excess moisture to the outside, while a recirculating hood does not.
  • Change or clean filters as recommended by the manufacture to maintain efficiency.
  • Considered a water softener, which may benefit eczema sufferers living in hard-water areas. But never give children artificially softened water or mix it with milk formulas because of its salt content.
  • Replace tap (faucet) washer and secure any leaky connections. Reducing water availability will have to prevent cockroach infestation.
  • Keep sink strainers clear to eliminate a food source for cockroaches.
  • Keep food surfaces free of food debris to prevent mold and cockroach infection.
  • Minimize clutter and dust by putting things away in cabinets.
  • Use water-resistant grouting for tiled worktops or counters.
  • Make sure grouting in flush with the tile surface to prevent food building up in cracks.
  • Extending the height of wall-mounted cupboards to reach the ceiling does more than eliminate a dust-trap; it also eliminates one set of horizontal lines in the kitchen picture.

  • Yellow is the basic colour of fire and warmth. Most of the colour harmonious or complimentary colour schemes based on yellow as base colour can be selected for a kitchen.
  • Yellow and beige or choclate also works well. Actually yellow sets a mood in a kitchen. It should be taken into notice that colours like deep yellow, orange and red should only be used in minimal percentages. Due to cooking and location, the temperature in a kitchen is normally more than any other room and above that, if extreme warm colours are used can increase the virtual temperature of the kitchen.
  • Prefer safe and generic colours as the nature of the room relates to cleanliness, efficiency and freshness. White, off white or pale yellow can be choosen as base colours. Light coloured veneers with subdued grains like white cedar and oak etc can also be used for cabinets.
  • Prefer white colour for ceiling. The temperature of the ceiling should not be more than the body temperature.


  • Green and yellow colours can be used as a lively combination.
  • Dining room can be painted in red, orange, yellow & rust.
  • Black and deep blue should not be used.
  • Portrait & posters should be placed on warm beige coloured wall.
  • Prefer texture & ceramic or vitrified tiles for flooring. Marble or granite also works.
  • To balance the temperature level of the kitchen the colour scheme should be cleverly chosen.
  • Bold colours can be used as long as one keeps to cooler section of spectrum.
  • Bold brown with tiny mixture of orange will smarten up kitchen, specially teamed with white trim for wood-work
  • Browns with small areas of orange or corn colour can create a cozy farmhouse kitchen effect which is very well coming.
  • A north facing kitchen or a dark kitchen should have yellow wallpaper with white base and a yellow motif or yellow flowers with greenery on the eastern wall.
  • Prefer luminaries with compact florescent lights to save energy.
  • Concealed lights should be used in the show cabinets to highlight crockery.
  • Lights fixed under wall hung cupboards are designed to illuminate work surface. They should be concealed behind baffles to prevent glare from light source. They should not be too close to the work area.
  • Kitchen with equal intensity of light all over would result in a flat & uninteresting appearance.
  • Switches should not be in areas where your hands are likely to be wet. A pull-cord from ceiling should be used in place of switches.
  • Dimmers should be used to vary intensity of light
  • Correct intensity of light in kitchen would increase the efficiency of a kitchen by enhancing rest of the design. It emphases colour schemes, cupboard units & kitchen furniture.


  • Use glass bricks for constructing internal walls or partitions in kitchen as they permit maximum light.
  • Plain glass shelves can be placed in the north and east of the kitchen.
  • Prefer fresh flower arrangement in the kitchen. Flowers should be replaced regularly.
  • Paintings of divine cooking or Ayurvedic Food can be placed in the kitchen.
  • Painting of Mata Annapurna or Guruma (Wife of the teacher in the Gurukul) cooking for the disciples or a mother cooking for her kids can be placed in the kitchen area.
  • Paintings of fruits or vegetables can also be placed.
  • Paintings can be preferably framed in the ratio of 3:5, 1:2 or ratio for better Biogeometry.
  • A separate EMF zone should be designed & planned away from cooking area.
  • Concept based, visually appealing tiles enhancing a particular design concept should be used.
  • Make it first point Colour and light should be choosen considering the volume of the space and amount of light entering in it.


  • A good kitchen should ensure least legwork.
  • In a kitchen where there is a need of needs two doors prefer placing them together in one corner so that there is one ‘dead’ space creating no interruption to the working surfaces.
  • Two Doors in a kitchen should never be diagonally placed. If the room is small the traffic path cuts it into two useless triangles, with in sufficient working area.
  • The success of good kitchen lies in devising a detailed storage strategy and the first rule is KIM (Keep It Minimum)
  • Kitchen with equal intensity of light all over would result in a flat & uninteresting appearance.
  • For better ventilation extractor fans should be positioned high, so that they can remove stable air that rises at the top of the room.
  • Ideal ventilation rate should be between 1.2 to 2 m/sec.
  • Exactor fans should be placed away from natural source of ventilation
  • In a kitchen main requirement is to remove the odor & toxic emission produce by stove.
  • A considerable amount of them can be removed from a kitchen by installing a hood over a stove.
  • An effective stove hood incorporates a tray containing carbon filter. The smell and steam is sucked up by a filter above the tray and clean air is discharged back into the kitchen.
  • A more sophisticated type of hood can be used. It has a system of ducting, which discharges outside the house.
  • For the windows, roller blinds would be more suitable than curtains. They can be rolled right up and out of the way, thus not robbing the window of any light and will not absorb grease and dust during the day.
  • Venetian blinds with vertical slats are also a good choice for windows.
  • Soft instrumental music (sitar, piano, flute or jal tarang) can be played in the kitchen for a harmonious environment..
  • Flavours of different music’s on different timings can be experimented. Avoid monotony in music.


  • Jasmine, saffron or lavender can be used to aromatize the environment inside a drawing room. It relaxes the environment and creates a soothing & catchy feel.
  • Aroma lamp, room freshener, incense or even aroma candle can help in spreading the aroma.