How the modern kitchen came to be is very interesting.Around the start of the 20th century, literature morphed into a science, developed to showcase how to cook and clean. All this was the brain flash of Lillian Moller Gilbreth, an engineer and an industrial psychologist. The results of her research have created a template for kitchens that is valid conceptually today. And the woman who made all this happen? Why she couldn’t cook to save her life. She and her partner cum husband Frank B Gilbreth were the founders of motion study, which uses short films to determine industrial and office tasks. For example, the assembly of these routine tasks was broken down into parts called ‘therbligs’ (Gilbreth backward) to ascertain how a job could be speeded up and made less taxing

Anatomy Of A Kitchen

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The Idal Layout For A Kitchen

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Gilbreth’s Kitchen Practical was the outcome of her endeavors which sought to end the missus having to do a half-marathon every time she stepped into the kitchen. She came up with the Kitchen Working Triangle. Formerly the kitchen was a higgledy-piggledy loose fit arrangement. Lillian Gilbreth’s kitchen design would create a tight circuit for the cook with little need to move the feet. Putting it to gauge the efficacy, the number of operations climbed down from 97 to 64. The number of steps taken came down from 281 to 45. In this era of Fuelbands and Fitbits, some frown at such static working questioning the lack of exercise offered. Lillian retorted that walks are for open-air and not around a stove. Gilbreth’s circular routing became the “work triangle,” a concept still followed in contemporary kitchen design. The formula adopted for an ideal kitchen is that the sink, refrigerator, and range should be at least 4 feet from each other but not more than 9 feet.

Contemporary Kitchen Layouts

In general. kitchen layouts are of 6 basic configurations- One wall, L-shaped, U-shed, Galley, Island, and Peninsula. There is no strict order where you decide to keep your fridge, microwave, and other gadgets. The driving consideration is the aforementioned kitchen work triangle. Though his principle holds its’ ground, the evolution of current day kitchens with multiple cooks and gadgetry call for adaption. Secondary triangles have popped up to uphold kitchen efficiency.

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Types Of Kitchen Layouts

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1. The L-shaped Kitchen

The L-shaped kitchen is well suited to have two sides of a triangle. It works well in small and medium spaces. A spectacular kitchen, though, is not about rules only. It’s also about the feel of the room that goads you into turning out fabulous food.

The planning L-shaped kitchens should include options such as a kitchen table or an island. Here are some eclectic designs for L-shaped kitchens.

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A Classic L-Shaped Kitchen

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The densely patterned backsplash and zoned flooring highlight this arresting kitchen charmingly. The small half-moon breakfast bar lets guests yak with the busy chef over coffee or a doughnut.

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An Airy L-Shaped Kitchen

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Accentuate the rectangle space by adding a rug. The decorative flowers in the tall vase soften the hard edge.

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L-Shaped Diner

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The flooring shadows the L-shape of the cabinets.

2. U-Shaped Kitchens

U-shaped kitchens have house hunters going bonkers. This design walks away with the gold for the best kitchen layout. With ample scope for cabinetry on three sides, the open space leads into an open space living room.

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split level U-shaped kitchen

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Toss around with split levels. This novel U-shaped kitchen is sunken below the floor level of an open space living room. Onlookers get a birdseye view of the kitchen

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U-Shaped Blue Kitchen

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Open the space up. The upper blue cabinets are in coordination with the wall color. The contrast gives it the feel of more space.

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U-shaped Kitchen in Predominate Blue

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This blue and white U-shaped kitchen has dealt with it differently from the previous one. Here the wall cabinets run all around. One side is open to the dining room. Windows are right around the countertop bringing in airiness. Cleaning the backsplash is washing the windows.

3. One Wall Kitchen

The one-wall kitchen is a challenging prospect for any designer. It will turn on your creative juices to the max. You have just that one wall to run your cabinetry. This kitchen layout requires more skills so that culinary requirements and the arrangement do not clash. We bring you some unique one-wall kitchen layouts. Even if these kitchens follow a straight run, there are multiple ways to situate appliances, the island, and the dining area.

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A One-wall Kitchen

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If the one available kitchen wall falls short, use the high ceilings to run a double row of cabinets for increased storage, with the upper row designated for infrequently used articles.

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A Classic One-wall Kitchen

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The kitchen shelves have a lot of room for many items. There is an impressive display here, but the cohesive look is because of the selection of mint, peach, white, or wood color items.

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A Retro One-walled Kitchen

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A beautiful combination of colors clashing with a retro look. The combo of green cabinets, red oven, and yellow refrigerator is eye-catching.

4. The Galley Kitchen

A galley is a cooking area on a boat. It usually has two rows of cabinets topped by a counter with a narrow passage in-between. It can be self-contained or part of a larger open-plan living area

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A Galley

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Pay heed to the overhead panels in this layout. The connectors facilitate a wonderfully cozy, complete, slick finish. The ambient lighting highlights the additions to give an eye-catching effect.

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A Classic Galley

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Galleys can be somewhat U-shaped—this one links the large end unit and desk combo.

5. The Island Kitchen

An independent block standing in the middle of a large kitchen has a dose of drama about it. It has more functions than we care to describe, including having an audience to chew the fat with while you are about the job of cooking. However, a larger space is required for this arrangement.

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A practical Island Kitchen

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This white kitchen has the workspace elevated from the base unit by shelving. At this midsection, a splash of bright yellow emerges, forming at one end, a low table. Picking up this yellow accent in other spots, such as the slender cabinet unit, the backsplash, and the window frame, lends a posh feel.

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A Class Island

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This is all curves. The shiny smooth island appears to be a boat with cotton reel barstools. This futuristic-retro blend misses a chandelier.

6. The Peninsula Kitchen

In general, a peninsula kitchen serves the same purpose as an island kitchen. The difference is that one side is fixed to the wall, the other three being open instead of an island with all four sides open.

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A Practical Peninsula Kitchen

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This countertop makes a sea of difference. And don’t miss the lighting.

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Elegant Chic

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This kitchen proves that small and white kitchens need not be plain and boring.

Tying It Up

Please keep it in your noggin that what’s good for others is not necessarily good for you. There are no binding rules. Your concept of kitchen design may be better. To quote Lillian Gilbreth, “A system is only there to simplify things. If it makes you happy to junk it, then you should junk it.” Do not get trapped in any specific design or style. After all, it is your kitchen. It should work best for you.


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  1. They look luscious. But can such kitchens be maintained in the tropics? Big problem is how to keep out roaches and lizards.

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