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Designer: Studio CourseLocation: Surat, GujaratSize: 500 square metres (5382 square feet)Homeowners’ brief: The owners’ requirements were clear – to use sustainable materials to create “something that would endure over time rather than merely pander to passing trends”.Wall design: Concrete exudes a sense of timelessness; also, it is energy efficient – which made it a good choice to be used extensively through a large part of the house. In the kitchen, the vast palette of cement oxide, or concrete, offers a counterfoil to other natural materials such as granite and timber, creating a warm, homogeneous look.Design tip: Concrete can be customised for colours by adding pigments, the most common being the old-fashioned but always popular red.Read more: 8 Winning Wall Decor Ideas for the Bedroom35 Stylish Walls That Celebrate Colours & TexturesTell us: Which trend did you like the best? Do tell us in the Comments section below.
4. Clean the appliancesCleaning the appliances regularly is not only an essential hygiene practice, but it also adds to the efficiency and life of the machines. Unplug the appliances and empty all the contents.Remove the detachable parts (grates, in case of the microwave or oven; shelves, baskets and drawers, in case of the refrigerator) and soak them in warm soapy water. Use a brush to thoroughly clean them and leave to dry.Gently wipe the outside of the appliances with damp cloth,. For the inside, clean the respective appliances as per their standard cleaning instructions. Install the detachable parts back in the appliance. In case of the fridge, put the containers and food items back after discarding the stale ones. Finally, employ the multi-surface cleaner to wipe off stains on the outside of the appliances – the top, the sides, regulators, handles and so on.Frequency of cleaning: Spills and splatters should be taken care of instantly. Thorough cleaning of all appliances must be done every month or as per your usage.
The open kitchen abuts the dining room to the right, echoing its palette and acting as a seamless extension. A medley of buffed granite surfaces, sleek timber facades and cement oxide finishes dominates the decor scheme, each holding its own in the monochrome setting.Explore the strengths and shortcomings of an open kitchen design and find out whether it makes sense in your home