Gloomy kitchen is often the problem faced by the people
having less land, especially in a country like Nepal where small plots of land
are bought by people for their dream houses. For these people, kitchen is not
the place to dwell around much and they choose the room which is relatively
darker. However, if you consider a few things while finishing your modular kitchen,
then you can increase the natural light in your kitchen and make it more
lighted than you expected.
Here are some of the methods that you can use to naturally
light up your kitchen.
Install Light colored granite or tile in Countertop and Floor
Light colored flooring will help you remarkably increase the
natural light. Light color doesn’t absorb the natural light- instead it will
reflect light very easily. As there are multiple reflections for every ray of
light, the amount of light in the kitchen will increase and the kitchen will
Floors use marbles, granites and tiles whereas countertops
generally use tiles and granites. Granites, tiles and marbles are available in
white, pink, cream and various other light colors in the market.
Place Open Ceiling if possible for more lighting
If your kitchen is located at the top floor of the building,
you can consider this option. You can’t just cast slab in the ceiling of the
kitchen, but you can design void above the top floor kitchen to give it more
lighting if you think that lighting from the window is not enough.
Your engineer will find out how much light will be there and
how much light needs to be added by simulative techniques. Contact with them
for more details.
Install Solar Reflective Glass Lighting
Solar Reflective Glass Lighting is also called glass tunnel.
Solar Reflective Glass Lighting will reflect the solar light through mirrors,
maintaining the efficiency of the total light falling. All this light will
eventually be directed to the dark kitchen and the kitchen will have increased
This feature has recently started to become popular in
Make Open floor plan for the Kitchen
One of the easiest methods to increase the natural light in
the kitchen is to make an open floor plan for the kitchen. By making open floor
plan, you will be connecting your dining room to the kitchen.
This way, you will be having two windows for the kitchen
area instead of only one window. The two windows will then bring enough light
to bright both the dining and kitchen areas.
Use a lot of glass in Backdoor
Using the backdoor is an option when you have a verandah
outside your kitchen. But people use wooden doors as a building material for
their backdoor. Wooden doors block the natural light entering the kitchen.
If you use door made up of glass, you will have an extra benefit
of reflectivity. If you fear about privacy by installing glass doors, you can
use wood at the base of the door and glass at the top of the door. Or, you can
use glasses that only allows light and not the stare of your neighbor
Design Kitchen with Streamlined Layout
Streamline Layout in your kitchen means designing a kitchen
in such a way that light will have minimum reflections after entering the room.
Light travel only in a straight line. If you create obstruction, it reflects
and the amplitude of brightness in the reflection will decrease. You have to
design your kitchen in such a location that light will not have to reflect in
order to light the entire kitchen. Make sure that the window of the kitchen is
parallel to the vertical plane through which light enters. Also, you have to
make sure that your kitchen is not built in L-shape.
Light colored Cabinets in Modular Kitchen
The kitchen cabinets in your modular kitchen are often made
up of wood. You will use varnishes and polishes in your wood. A tip to increase
the natural light is to use the light wood color. You can make the kitchen
attractive by using dark colors in the borders and light color in the body.
This will increase the décor value and set the lighting tone at the same time. These techniques also contribute towards the vastu of the kitchen in a positive way.