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Which countertop material is more durable?Granite countertops stand out because they are comparatively much harder than marble. It is one of the most durable natural stones.Granite is more resistant to chipping and cracks. Another plus is that granite is resistant to heat and can easily withstand hot cookware, which makes it a perfect material for kitchen countertops.
15. Jolly woodWood cabinets too, can fit in a sleek, modern kitchen. Kamal Preet reinforces a classic appeal to a contemporary space by adopting decorative wood cornices, vintage lights and a uniformity of colours for each element.
3. Protect from moisture:Humid conditions and dark areas are ideal for termites to thrive; make sure that the moisture-ridden areas like kitchens and bathrooms are well-ventilated. Cross ventilation reduces the moisture content within a home. If there is any seepage from external walls or the floor, it should be rectified.Tip: The routine cleaning of your wooden furniture should include a gentle wipe with a dry microfibre cloth or the use of non-toxic cleaners for deep cleaning. Avoid wiping with a wet cloth, as it may cause dampness. Do make it a point to clean all the hard-to-reach areas of the rooms and ceilings regularly.
Pro: Ideal for open floor plans The L-shaped kitchen easily adapts itself to open floor designs. With two adjacent walls, you get enough room to line up your appliances, gadgets, sink and the rest. You also get flexibility in setting up boundaries with kitchen islands (as displayed in the image). In this space, there’s a countertop with bar chairs, which connects the kitchen to the living area – a great way to demarcate the zone without the use of walls. The length of the perpendicular kitchen layout is lined with a granite counter along with upper and lower cabinets. This ensures ample storage and counter space to prep, chop and plate. Learn how to make open kitchens work in Indian homes
5. Set up a counterWhile I like to huddle with my family at mealtimes, I do want to keep the area off limits when I cook and channel my inner Masterchef. Designer Kamal Preet goes for a kitchen island to draw an soft boundary around the space while maintaining connectivity with the rest of the house.