Ultimate Guide to a Modern Kitchen in Malaysia 2019
Ultimate Guide to a Modern Kitchen in Malaysia 2019
Keep your interior up-to-date starting with the heart of home; your kitchen. Take advantage of this Ultimate Guide to a Modern Kitchen in Malaysia and find stylish kitchen ideas that will stay trendy for years to come.
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1. Floor Plan & Layout
Let’s face it, kitchen design trends and fads move fast. From the vintage retro style of yesteryear to the shabby chic age of the ‘80s, kitchen design is constantly evolving and coming back. With the way things are today, trends that may have gone out of fashion decades earlier can make a comeback today.
However, the one thing doesn’t change much is the floor plan and positioning of your kitchen. There’s a reason why most kitchens have the same or similar floor plans. It’s cause they work!
Whether it’s the traditional L-shaped kitchen or the timeless galley style, you can never go wrong with these kitchen floor plans. So with that in mind, here are our suggestions for good kitchen design layout practices, as well as awesome design layouts for the modern kitchen.
What Constitutes a Good Kitchen?
Obviously, a kitchen should at minimum be able to cater to your basic cooking needs. But what’s the difference between a great kitchen and a meh kitchen?
A great kitchen is designed to maximize every inch of space available. For instance, your kitchen should have sufficient storage and counter space in the right places. A great kitchen is also well lit and easily accessible to bring in groceries.
Furthermore, your kitchen should also be as efficient as possible. In particular, there’s a little something we’d like to call the work triangle in every kitchen. This triangle is made up of your kitchen appliance (stove), fridge, and sink. The basic idea here is that your kitchen layout should take into account this triangle and to not interrupt the sacred flow of work.
For example, having an island that breaches the work triangle. This makes moving from your fridge to the sink a whole lot further. Alternatively, large kitchens with enormous work triangles are also to be avoided. This is similar to the previous scenario albeit, without the kitchen island. You’d still have to walk a long way from each point with this kitchen design.
And speaking of interruptions, we’d definitely recommend placing your kitchen at the end of your home to reduce foot traffic. Constant traffic cutting through the work triangle is likely to cause accidents.
Last but not least, we’d also advise against sacrificing your counter space and storage for kitchen appliances if your kitchen is small. Basically, know your kitchen size limits!
Kitchen Design Layouts
Here are some great examples of popular kitchen design layouts you can adapt for your next kitchen makeover project. And don’t worry, these tried-and-true kitchen layouts are still relevant to today’s lifestyle.
Basic One-Wall Kitchens
One-wall. That’s all you’ll need with this layout. The one-wall kitchen layout is generally found in studio or loft spaces. In other words, it’s the best choice to save space. As its name implies, your cabinets and appliances are fixed only on a single wall.
A modern spin to this traditional layout is to include a kitchen island. This would change your one-wall layout into a galley style kitchen with a walk-through corridor.
Speaking of galley layouts, this style is also an ideal choice for smaller spaces and one-cook kitchens. The galley kitchen’s defining trait is that it has two walls placed opposite each other.
Otherwise, you could also have two parallel countertops with a walkway between them.
Galleys are one of the best ways to maximize usage of your space. And there’s no need for troublesome corner cabinets, so you can save some moolah there!
If galley style isn’t your cup of tea, maybe you could consider an L-shaped layout. An L-shaped kitchen solves the problem of maximizing corner space. And this design is best suited for small and medium sized kitchens.
You may wonder, why is it called L-shaped? The basic components that make up this kitchen floor plan are countertops on two adjoining walls that are perpendicular, forming an L. That’s why.
On the other hand, there are L-shaped layouts that do not follow this traditional setup. For example, you could have a double L-shaped kitchen or a broken L-shaped kitchen.
With this type of layout, you’ll effectively eliminate most foot traffic and the subsequent accidents that may occur. Plus, you’ll also be able to easily add a dining space and multiple work zones to this layout if necessary.
If you have space, we’d also recommend the horseshoe kitchen layout. Also known as a U-shaped kitchen, this layout’s defining trait is that it has three walls connected to one another. And these walls form a distinctive U-shape.
There’s also a modern variation of this layout (peninsula) that involves an L-shaped kitchen with an island forming the third “wall”. This particular design works well because it enables efficient work and traffic flow around the island.
This kitchen floor plan basically involves a connected kitchen island. The best part of peninsula kitchens is that you don’t necessarily have to start from scratch. You can convert your current layout by extending your counter area with a kitchen island!
As we’ve said before, you can convert your L-shaped layout into a horseshoe by adding a kitchen island to the mix. But did you know that your U-shaped kitchen can also be converted into a G-shaped kitchen by doing the same? Though, the problem with this is that most kitchens do not have the required space to pull this off.
Finally, we have the G-shaped kitchens. This kitchen layout is ideal if you’ve got a huge open space in your kitchen. One side of the “G” can go along a wall, while the rest of the kitchen can extend out into the room.
Other than that, you may also utilize the aforementioned peninsula kitchen by adding an island to your U-shaped kitchen. This will give you a ton of base counter storage which would make up the loss of storage due to the absence of walls.
Be warned though, with that much space you’ll bound to run into some overstuffing problems. Clutter and junk can and will accumulate, thus giving your kitchen a disorganized look. In addition, the planning of the layout itself is complicated. You’ll need to figure out where to place each kitchen appliances, bearing in mind that the work triangle may be affected.
LED There Be Light!
The kitchen as they say it, is indeed the heart of the home. Just like other rooms, kitchens have different lighting needs. Just like a healthy balanced meal, your kitchen requires the right balance of lighting to get you on the right track to accomplish the day’s tasks.
Realistically, we need to cater to both lighting needs for meal preparation and creating an inviting, warm environment for you and your guests. Fret not, that’s what we’re here for. These are the tips for great lighting in your kitchen…
It’s pretty vital to create layers of light when creating a room design, particularly in kitchens!
There aren’t any fixture out there that will provide all the necessary light for kitchen lighting task. Since that’s the case, you have to try adding layers!
Couple a main overhead light with layers of smaller lights place in areas for various tasks. For example, near a food prep station, over the stove and above the kitchen sink.
Moreover, adding layers will also help cut down on glare. The concept is key when you can consolidate ambient, task, and accent lighting to devise a dynamic space.
- Ambient: This will be your main source of light—whether in addition to natural light, or to fill in for lack of it. You want to cast as much of it as evenly as possible from your ceiling. You can do so with a combination of (but not limited to) chandeliers, pendant lights, recessed lighting, and flush mounts.
- Task: While ambient lighting is used to enable you to navigate throughout the kitchen, it often leaves shadows in areas that require more focus. With the help of task lighting, work surfaces and cabinetry are properly illuminated so you can safely prepare meals, read recipes, and easily spot ingredients on a shelf. Common kitchen task lighting options include strip lights and puck lights.
- Accent: Consider these flourishes the cherry on top of your well-designed kitchen: toe kick lights, cabinet lights and any other light that might accentuate your favorite elements. They also might cross over into ambient and task lighting as well.
More on lighting in the kitchen..
Make Your Design Shine: Add Kitchen Accent Lighting
The right placement of accent lights can really help emphasize your favorite elements. Common kitchen accent lights include:
- Recessed: This type of refined, out-of-the-way lighting can go anywhere. But it is particularly important when you want to illuminate areas of visual interest like open shelves and glass cabinets.
- Overcabinet: Placed between the cabinet and ceiling, overcabinet lights add a dramatic touch to your kitchen. Created in a similar fashion to undercabinet lighting, overcabinet lighting can provide even illumination to accent decor and architecture.
- Toekick Lights: A great way to distinguish kitchens and to illuminate a pathway. Toe lighting is produced via rope lights or LED tape.
Focusing on the right layers will help you make the most of the space in your kitchen and enjoy every meal from breakfast to midnight snacks. Need some ideas? Discover inspiration in our kitchen lighting ideas.
Add a Little Character
Character in other word the ambiance of the kitchen lighting needs to be on point too. Ambient kitchen lighting is often overlooked in cooking areas. And it can help fill any gaps in lighting, while also creating a warm glow for the room and is an inexpensive way to upgrade your kitchen.
The kitchen environment requires ample ambient lighting that is supported by task lights for specific workstations. When we walk into our kitchens, we usually want to be able to see the whole room clearly with the flip of a switch.
This can be achieved with an assortment of styles of fixtures that are available in a myriad of designs, and this is where we can grant expression to our creativity and sense of design.
Think About the Task..
If you placed a task kitchen lighting properly, it will provide just the right illumination for tasks such as reading recipes and prepping vegetables.
The best place for task lighting is between the work surface and a person’s head, so lighting placed under cabinets is ideal. And strip lights are a popular choice for this space.
Common kitchen under-cabinet lighting options include:
- Strip Lights: Versatile and great for illuminating a cabinets interior, especially low cabinets that hardly receive any ambient lighting. LED strip lights are also used under the cabinet to fully illuminate counter spaces.
- Puck Lights: Round and oval, puck lights are great mood lights and can be used to illuminate countertops in the form of a scallop, spot or pool of light.
Light Dimmers – Use Them!
Adding light dimmer switches in the kitchen makes sense because bright illumination makes tasks easier, while dimmed lig hts help with ambiance after the meal.
Adding separate kitchen lighting dimmers for each fixture will help you customize the lighting for the situation.
Dimmer switches add much desired flexibility to any lighting design. In the kitchen, these handy gadgets grant the homeowner the ability to turn up the light while preparing food and during the after dinner cleanup, and soften the lights a bit during the meal and later in the evening when activity diminishes.
Know Your Measurements
Space and counter size covering is vital and your selection of the lighting relies heavily on this. Most of the the kitchen islands are accommodated by two or three small pendants, but some require as many as four small lights (or perhaps alternatively fewer but larger lights).
In this instance, the three medium-sized pendant lighting perfectly cover the whole marble island.
Choose a focal point and illuminate it. You have to decide where you want your guests to look by doing this. Avoid directing the eye towards the sink area.
You don’t want your visitors to get a glimpse of your dirty dishes now, am I right? For instance, the heirloom lights in the image below which create focus to the kitchen countertop.
Don’t be afraid to go big when replacing a kitchen light centerpiece. Whether it’s a classic chandelier or something reflective of your eclectic style, a big, bold piece in the center of the kitchen will make a statement.
The Power of Track Lighting
Who wants to work in their own shadow? No one. So, this is where track kitchen lighting comes in. As a matter of fact, track lighting is rising in popularity as an overhead lighting source because of its availability in energy efficient options.
Not only that, it also allows you to position each light to customize your space. Installing track lighting is a project that can be completed in a weekend.
When Less is More
Considering your main overhead kitchen lighting options? There is such a thing as TOO much. Try to keep to one main bold piece, or two to three pendants over an area(usually above the countertop).
Making your hanging fixtures compete can make a kitchen look a little cluttered and chaotic. On a side note, if more lighting is needed for work spaces, try affordable track lighting or under-cabinet lights like mentioned earlier in this article.
Be Mindful of Color
When choosing your fixtures, think about the color of your kitchen. Since white reflects light, if you have a lot of white in your kitchen you may be able to lower the wattage of bulbs. But those with darker kitchen lighting may need more wattage.
3. Countertop & Kitchen Island
Everyone goes through a dilemma when it comes to difficult decisions. Everyday, life is filled with many difficult decision that have to be made. Be it something as meaningless as choosing what you’re going to wear to the office today, or something that bears a little more weight like; deciding whether or not to quit your job.
Generally, you’ll ask yourself some standard questions to get a satisfying conclusion each time. And so, when it comes to kitchen renovation, the process is pretty similar. One of the many decisions that will screw you is the process of choosing the perfect kitchen countertop.
Fortunately, selecting the right kitchen countertop doesn’t have to be as burdensome as people make it. Take as much time to plan in advance and consider a few key points, you can usually narrow down your options to the perfect countertop choice rather easily and still avoid pulling your hair out in the process.
Without wasting any more time, let’s check out and see what you should take into account before choosing your kitchen countertop.
Moolah – Your Budget !
In any decision to revamp or renovate your space, you have to think of the budget! Of course. This has got to be your first place to start whenever you’re trying to decide on a countertop style.
There are vast array for the types of countertops. Some are known to be expensive. Engineered stone and granite are on the costly side but the price is basically the same for these materials. Marble is expensive and so is stainless steel. Even though paper composite may sound like and affordable choice, that’s not always the case.
Laminates are known as the much simply less expensive options than others, like quartz. You have to be realistic! Don’t set your hopes too high, or too low, on an option that doesn’t match your finances.
If you’re planning to renovate your kitchen and is on a limited budget, it’s really vital for you to find a high quality countertop options that you can actually afford. Likewise, if the sky’s the limit on your project, then splurge all you want for a higher-end stone options that reflect the style and aesthetic look of your entire kitchen.
What is the Material for YOU?
Materials, materials. Such a hard question. Will this material complement that material? Is the texture of this material accentuate the kitchen counter top or dim it? SO hard.
And what makes it harder is the wealth of choices available in the market. From the usual butcher’s block to the less common such as glass and terrazzo. Which one should you choose? Engineered stone and marble is expensive, but are they worth it if we were to compare it to paper composite?
With that being said, we must have in mind what we want for a kitchen top. Or how do we want it to function as. Wooden ones like butcher’s block is a sturdy material that not only exudes a vintage vibe, but can also function as a chopping blocks, if you so desire.
If a look is what you are after, stainless steel oozes an industrial and cyberfunk feel due to how these materials look. But stainless steel tops are noisy as the clangs from pots and kettles will certainly up the decibel in the kitchen department.
Concrete countertops are edgy, and are very customizable in terms of the overlay where one can overlay glass fragments, rocks and shells. But one thing to be remembered though, adding all these customizations can also increase the cost of the countertop materials and building it as well.
Think of The Maintenance!
Every type of countertops require maintenance, some more than others. What dictates this? Of course it’s the material, colour and finish you choose affects it.
If you’re taking Granite into consideration, they’re pretty good with heat and scratches. It can withstand it pretty well but it still has to be sealed every now and then or they will get stained.
The gorgeous granite countertop that can withstand heat and scratches well. Image via Spectrumtonedesigns
There are countertops that are maintenance-free, which is the solid surface countertops. How come? Because the material is non-porous. You don’t need to seal or have a special cleaning for it. However! These babies can be susceptible to scratches and burns.
Other than that, marble may look stunningly glamorous! BUT! It stains easily, EVEN is it’s sealed. If you want to have a marble countertop, yeah sure but maybe not all. Limit its use to certain areas only.
On the other hand, stainless steel countertops are nearly indestructible. They are very heat and bacteria resistant. Plus, they have that industrial look that a lot of modern, contemporary kitchens can rock. However, they show fingerprints and dent easily.
Stainless steel countertop is very recommended. Just look at how it compliments the modern, contemporary kitchen look in this video below;
More on Maintenance
Concrete countertops. Things are simple with concrete countertops. They resist heat very well and are durable. Just like other things, it also has its flaw. Because they are porous, they stain easily and have to be sealed quite frequently.
Wood and moisture can never be friends. So take that into consideration before choosing the material for your kitchen countertops. Moreover, wood is not resistant to bacteria and has to be disinfected frequently. It also doesn’t withstand scratches that well. However, these can be fixed through sanding or oiling.
Paper composite. I know, that doesn’t sound appealing at all. But these babies are surprisingly durable! They withstand heat and water really well but are not resistant to scratches or chemical damage.
Lifestyle – How’s The Traffic or Use in Your Kitchen?
While material, price and looks are important, what you need to focus on is your lifestyle and that of your family. The kitchen countertops have to be a good fit.
So if you have kids and there’s always a mess in your kitchen, perhaps white isn’t the best color for the countertops and wood or marble not your best material choices.
What will you use the countertop for? If you live in a house filled with young kids, you may not want to install a white granite countertop that could be easily stained from Kool-Aid, jelly, or finger-paints.
Similarly, some countertop options can be easily damaged by water, heat, or knives. It’s important to choose a color and material that will function well for your lifestyle and cooking needs.
If cooking is your favorite pastime and budget allows choosing kitchen countertops made of marble, quartz, or granite would all provide the properties desired for various cooking applications, like making pasta or rolling out cookie dough.
After you’ve established both space and budget, take a moment to think about the primary use of your kitchen. Do you frequently entertain guests?
On the other hand, if cooking isn’t really your thing you may decide to look past the heat-regulating properties of marble, and instead choose to focus on a countertop material that better fits your style and overall desired properties.
4. Cabinets & Modern Storage
Storage in Island Cook-tops
Island centerpieces have been around for a long time. People utilize it as a piece to place their cook-tops, or simply just use it as a “dining area”. Since Island centerpieces have been around, why not utilize it as a storage area? You don’t just use it as a place for you to work on, but you can incorporate your cabinets into it. With storage amenities below, you can be sure that your storage space is not compromised. Furthermore, long cabinet pulls work as towel bars too. Really convenient!
At cursory glance, ceiling-length cabinets look like the kinds where you can store a lot of things in it. Depending on the height of your cabinets, it may not be practical as any wall cabinets taller than 10ft you will have problems trying to reach for your items. Cleaning it may be tedious too.
If you have ceiling cabinets taller than 10ft, you can treat it in one of two ways:
- Cabinets will need to be stacked. It means you may have a 36-inch wall cabinet, but coupled with a 12 to 18 inches of smaller cabinets. The smaller cabinets will be stacked on top of each other, on top of your big cabinet.
- Your “ceiling sized” cabinet may not go all the way to the ceiling. There will be a space between the top of your cabinet and the ceiling. In this case, most people will decorate this area with knick-knacks or plants. Sometimes you may see people putting stacks of old newspapers or boxes on top of it.
If your ceiling goes beyond 10ft, don’t take your cabinetry to the ceiling. It simply isn’t practical. Cabinet higher than this isn’t just dysfunctional, but also means it is difficult for you to reach for items at the top-most levels. It mainly serves as decorative purposes only, anyway. Do mind though – overly tall cabinets can overwhelm the space in your home.
Should I get a cabinet pantry?
A cabinet pantry is where a tall cabinet is designed to be a dedicated pantry inside the kitchen. The cabinet pantry can vary in sizes depending on the layout of the space. Regardless of the size, the storage opportunities inside the cabinets can be limitless. A lot of people don’t really want to choose a cabinet pantry because it can seem smaller than a walk-in pantry. Cabinet pantries usually are smaller than its walk-in counterpart.
However, it’s not necessarily the space you have, but how you utilize the available space that decides maximum functionality. If you feel a cabinet pantry is too small, why not integrate roll-outs and internal cabinet components? By integrating those inside your cabinet pantry you can have more storage space in your cabinet pantry than a walk-in pantry, even when it is actually smaller in size. Think about pulling out a 24″ deep roll-out full of cans. By bringing the roll-out to you, you can see the entire shelf’s content without having to move one item to get to the next.
Sticking with drawers as classic storage spaces
If you run out of storage ideas in your kitchen, why not stick with good, old drawers? Drawers are classic storage spaces where you simply can’t disappoint with. It is ergonomic; they come out to you as the user. You don’t necessarily have to bend or squat over to see the contents. Aging people may find it difficult to squat or bend, so drawers are awesome for people who have issues with lifting or reaching up into upper cabinetries.
Drawers are flexible too as it can hold almost anything in your kitchen. Having drawers is an easy option as it does wonders for your speed cooking routine. “Operating” a drawer is convenient in a sense that it takes just one pull versus stretching over just to open a cabinet.
Utilizing your cabinet as a trash pull-out
A trash pull-out cabinet is a small unit in your cabinet that stores a removable trash can. The trash pull-out cabinet hides your unsightly garbage from your guests. At the same time it allows for your trash can to be easily removed for cleaning.
Some pull-out cabinets are designed to fit beneath your sinks, because of the sink’s notorious wasted space. Some pull-out trash cabinets are located in pantries or inside other cabinet units, whereas others are mounted directly to the counter-top. It can have other features as well, like having multiple bins, different sizes, and whatnot.
Creative storage spaces
You do not always have to settle for cookie-cutter storage options. A customized wine rack drawer is one way to give your cabinets a designer touch – if you are a wine connoisseur, that is, with a growing collection of wine.
A more common specialized creative storage space would be spice rack drawers or cabinets. Other creative storage spaces can include peg pullouts for utensils, tray dividers for baking sheets and whatnot. Custom built-ins like these reflect personality of the homeowner, a perfect marriage of form and function.
Open shelving as storage spaces
Open shelves are aesthetically pleasing especially when you see them in magazines. It is not necessarily a “must have” for homeowners. Let’s put it this way, open shelves is for people who have statement pieces in their homes to display, something they like to show off to their guests. With good organization and right kind of customization, you can create a cutting edge style for your kitchen with this kind.
Open kitchen shelves were a popular trend in 2018. You may find it strange to not have a covered up storage space. Open shelving have its own benefits too.
Open shelving introduces a light and airy feel to your kitchen, since there is an absence to your regular cabinets anyway. It’s efficient too since you can see and grab whatever you need without needing to pull open cabinet doors or opening drawers. You don’t have to go through the hassle of ruffling and digging through your drawers and cabinets. Did we say it works well in kitchens with small sizes? Well, it works well in small kitchens, or kitchens that have space problems.
Easy Breezy Food/ Drink Prep with a Blender/ Grinder or Food Processor
Why does my modern kitchen need a blender or processor?
Essential in any Malaysian kitchen. How else would you make your beloved rendang, curries and sambals? Traditionalists and purists argue food tastes better with the good old mortar and pestle. But, modern Malaysians will disagree. We’re all about the convenient life.
Getting dubbed South East Asia’s most obese country donned a bitter realization in Malaysians. All needed to do something about diet. Modern Malaysians are inching closer to sustaining healthy lifestyles. So, smoothies and shakes are all the rage now! Get a high power blender to do all your dirty work.
Where can I get my hands on one? How much for?
You can easily find a great blender on the bargain treasure trove all Malaysians love – Lazada. Shopee has blenders too. To cut costs opt for local suppliers/ distributors so you save on shipping costs.
If online purchases aren’t your thing, you can always run down to your local department store. Big brand department stores all carry kitchen appliances too. Harvey Norman or Carrefour are sure to have what you need.
Competition is high in the market nowadays. So, prices are equally as competitive. A hefty and functional blender can set you back anywhere from RM100-1000. The best blenders float around the RM200-300 price range. An all in one food processor will set you back upwards of RM500.
How to clean/ maintain my snazzy blender?
Don’t overwork your blender. Blend your food/drink in 30-second max rounds. Going longer could easily burn out your motor.
To clean, simply fill your blender halfway with water, squirt some dish soap in there and whiz away. Rinse out and dry. Voila! No lingering odor. No haphazard scrubs around those blades that could cost you a finger.
Hot blender/ food processor recommendations
Always buy glass over plastic when it comes to blenders. Glass has more heft and is less prone to scratching. It also doesn’t absorb odor or discolor as plastic does.
Sleek & Sexy Induction Stovetop/ hob
Why does my modern kitchen need an Induction stovetop? Induction vs gas?
You can’t serve the kitchen’s fundamental purpose – to cook – without a hob. Most are without a doubt more familiar with gas. However, science proves induction is safer, more efficient, and easier to clean. Most hobs in Europe are Induction.
- – More efficient (90% heat transfer efficiency)
- – More comfortable to cook with (don’t feel as hot in the kitchen)
- – Easy clean (no baked-on food problem)
- – Added safety
- – More accurate heat control
- – Wider temperature range (Higher max temperature, lower min temperature)
- – No air contaminants
- – Zero emissions
- – Long term savings (No gas needed, only electricity)
Where can I get my hands on one? How much for?
Big chains like Harvey Norman and Carrefour all carry Induction stove hobs. If you live in a smaller city that doesn’t have these big brands, simply shop at your local appliance/ hardware stores.
You can get them online too. Lazada is beginning to sell stove hobs and at great prices too. Price: >RM200
How to clean/ maintain my induction stovetop/ hob?
Induction hobs are easy to clean and maintain. Just a few spritzes of cleaner, wipe away with a cloth and voila!
Hot induction stove/ hob recommendations
Best brands: OBRO, ELBA, Samsung, Electrolux, Bosch, Panasonic, Philips, Faber
Mid price range: Electrolux EHC-7260BA 2 Burner Induction Hob (built-in hob >RM1000)
What you got under that hood? High Power Hood
Why does my kitchen need a hood? And what kinds of stove hoods are on market?
You need a hob in your kitchen to eliminate odors, heat, and contaminants caused by cooking. Hoods provide you with ample ventilation. They keep your kitchen cool, ventilated, odorless, and comfortable.
There are a few kinds of hoods on the market. All serve a different purpose and performance. Types include the under-cabinet range hood, wall-mounted range hood, island or ceiling-mounted range hood, wall ventilation fans, downdraft ventilation hood, and ventilator power pack hood.
Wall ventilation fans are the cheapest and easiest to install. Whereas, the ceiling-mounted range hoods are the most popular and highest performing. Minimalist homeowners love compact, sleek downdraft and ventilator power pack hoods.
Where can I get my hands on one? How much for?
You can buy these online or in local suppliers. Kitchen appliance specialist stores are sure to have the best quality and best brand ones. Big department like Harvey Norman and Carrefour stores have them too.
Range hoods are a little expensive but a kitchen necessity. Price: RM300-RM2000 (depending on the type and brand)
How to clean/ maintain my kitchen hood?
Simply spray with cleaner and wipe away. Do it regularly to avoid buildup of stubborn and thick grease. If left for a while and grease has accumulated, more invasive methods are required.
You’ll have to soak your detachable hood parts first. Then, scrape the main body of grease with a metal scraper. Go in with a sponge/scrubber duo and some dish soap to scrub off grease. Next, wipe off the scrubbed grease with a wet, clean rag. Finally, scrub, dry your detachable parts and reattach them.
Also, be sure to clean or replace your oil filter regularly. An unchanged filter could run your hood on strain and overwork its motor. It’ll also cause the air to be filtered less efficiently.
Hot kitchen hood recommendations
Brands : Midea, Zanussi, ELBA, OBRO, DeLonghi, Electrolux, Khind, Bosch
Get Hot in That Kitchen with a Microwave oven
Why do I need a microwave? And what kinds of microwaves are on market?
Why else not? The main answer is convenience and user-friendliness. If you don’t know how to cook, chances are you know how to microwave. With a microwave, always have warm food! We all hate cold food.
There are three kinds of microwave ovens on the market. These are the solo, grill and convection microwave oven. Each serves a different function best. The solo microwave oven is best for reheating and simple cooking. The grill microwave oven is best at reheating and grilling your food. And, the convection is best at reheating, grilling and baking.
Where can I get my hands on one? How much for?
You can buy these online or in local suppliers. Kitchen appliance specialist stores are sure to have the best quality and best brand ones. Big department stores like Harvey Norman and Carrefour stores have them too.
A microwave will run you anywhere from RM150-4000 for upscale high tech ones. The ones that are around RM200 serve you more than good enough.
How to clean/ maintain my snazzy microwave?
Microwaves are easy to clean and take little to no self-maintenance work. To clean all you have to do is wipe. The microwave dish only needs easy dishwashing. If you have some faults all you need to do is drop it off at the supplier for servicing.
Hot microwave recommendations
Best brands: HITACHI, Teka, ELBA, Panasonic, Samsung, Philips, Sharp, Electrolux
Mid price range: Samsung 23L Solo Microwave Oven with Quick Defrost MS23K3513AK, Panasonic Inverter Grill Microwave Oven NN-GF574M (RM300-1000)
High price range: Panasonic NN-CD989S Genius Prestige Convection Microwave Oven, Electrolux EMS3067X Convection Microwave Oven (>RM1000)
Big Bad Baker; Convection Oven
What ovens are there? Why do I need an oven in my modern kitchen? Which is best?
What is a modern kitchen without an oven? Roasting foods and baking are all the culinary rage nowadays. Thanks to YouTube and food availability, everyone thinks they can be a Masterchef in their own home.
How else can you bake those beloved biskuts and nastar for Eid without an oven? How can you have your mooncakes for mooncake festival without an oven? Exactly. Every modern kitchen in Malaysia needs an oven.
There are three different kinds of ovens. These are the gas, steam and electric ovens. The electric comes in two variations. Those are the conventional and the convection ovens.
The difference is determined by how the oven cooks your food, in particular how it heats up the air inside. A conventional oven heats from the bottom up but can create inconsistent cooking. In comparison, convection ovens will circulate warm air from the back via a fan, and ensure more even cooking.
Hands down convection is best.
Where can I get my hands on one? How much for?
You can buy these online. Believe it or not, Lazada handles ovens. Kitchen appliance specialist stores are sure to have the best quality and best brand ones. Big department stores surely have them too.
Price: Lowest (<RM1000), mid-priced (RM1000-5000), upscale (>RM5000)
How to clean/ maintain a convection oven?
If you get a pyrolytic oven, say goodbye to cleaning your oven ever again. This advanced new tech oven utilizes pyrolysis to self-clean with the introduction of heat. They require little to no maintenance. So, what’s stopping you from decking out with the latest tech oven?
However, if it isn’t within your budget, an electric convection oven will do the job. To clean it, give it frequent wipe downs with kitchen cleaner and a rag when cooled.
If you don’t clean frequently, grease and spillage will cake and bake onto the insides of your oven and possibly permanently stain. To clean stubborn grease, first, run your oven on high with a dish of water inside it. This will steam the oven and make stubborn grease budge. Let the oven cool then go in with an abrasive brush, soap/ heavy duty cleaner and scrub it down. Wipe away suds with a clean wet rag and voila you’re done.
Hot convection oven recommendations
French door style ovens are all the rage. Besides that, a lot of the new ovens are smart ovens that have WiFi connectivity. This allows you to control temperature, mode and timer settings from your smartphone. In addition, most ovens nowadays have a self-cleaning steam function too. Simply switch them to clean, and bam! Sounds cool right?
However, if these aren’t in your price range, settle for a simple toaster oven or basic convection oven. The most basic toaster ovens will run you as low as RM150 while a convection oven will run you as low as RM250.
Best brands: Midea, Sharp, Faber, Panasonic, Zanussi, Electrolux, Sharp, Bosch, Electrolux or Hitachi
Low price range: Elba Big 60 Litre Electric Oven EE0-E6090 (SS), Panasonic Cubie Steam Convection Oven Nu-Sc100W, DELONGHI EO4055.BS ELECTRIC OVEN 40L DUAL GLASS DOOR ,Elba Electric Oven 1500W EEO-F3615 36L(<RM1000)
Mid price range: Panasonic 30L Steam Convection Oven (Cubie Oven) NU-SC300 (RM1000-5000)
Stay Moist with a Snazzy Water purifier
Why does my modern kitchen in Malaysia need a water purifier?
You need it. Tap water locally isn’t clean enough to drink without prior boiling or heavy filtration. So, most Malaysians have to invest in a water filtration/purification system to have drinkable water with the swift turn of a tap.
Where to purchase it? How much for?
Water purifiers often get sold by niche suppliers/ distributors. The best ones at least. The basic ones you can get at any big department store in the appliance section.
You can easily buy the most basic water filters for under RM100. These just use simple filtration to purify water. They force the water through a filter to remove tiny particles within the water. Panasonic and Khind make good ones.
Better, higher end filters serve more purpose. They come with alkalinizers, multi-level filtration, oxygenizing features, and smart tech. These will run you upwards of RM1000. eSpring, RO Water, Panasonic, Coway, and Cuckoo make the best high-quality multi-filter water purifiers.
Price: Low price (<RM100), mid range (RM100-1000), upscale (>RM1000)
How to clean/ maintain my water purifier?
The most integral maintenance step is to use a body cover for your purifier to protect it from dirt and dust. Wash it weekly to keep it clean. If you can’t find a cover for your purifier, stick to daily wiping.
Replace the filters every six months. However, it’s better to change it more frequently. Every 3 months especially if tap water where you live isn’t very clean. Frequent filter cartridge changing ensures you and your family keep drinking clean water.
The higher quality purifiers offer yearly servicing. So, make sure you send your purifier for servicing yearly to keep it functioning optimally.
Hot water purifier recommendations
Certified one of the best purifiers on the market is the eSpring Water Purifier distributed by Amway. These have cartridges that only need to be replaced once a year and give you better tasting water with the turn of a tap. It utilizes a carbon block filter, UV light, and electronic monitoring system combo to deliver you probably the best tap water you’ll ever taste. It’ll run you a hefty sum upwards of RM3500.
If that isn’t within your range, settle for a small Coway purifier like the Coway Genie. This will run you about RM500.
Smart, Eco French Door Refrigerator
What is a kitchen without a fridge? Refrigerators have come a long way on the evolution conveyor belt. The future is all about eco-friendliness and energy-saving tech. Be sure to check if it has a 5-star energy rating.
Some of the highest tech ones now even have WiFi features that allow you to control it from your smartphone. It will even write up your grocery list for you based on what is in your fridge.
French door refrigerators are the best for the kitchen frequenter. It gives you the flexibility to open and close your fridge doors without compromising freshness of food. Besides that, they look insanely modern. These style refrigerators are only just breaking market in Malaysia but have been common in the US and Europe for a long time.
Benefits of a french door refrigerator
- Intelligent design for ergonomics and convenience
- Energy saving
- Space saving; Cooler and freezer in one place
- More flexible storage with full-width shelves
- They look great
Where to Purchase? How much for?
Believe it or not, Lazada even sells refrigerators now! If a big online purchase isn’t really your thing, local appliance stores all stock french door style, eco refrigerators. Big department stores have them too.
Price range: >RM2000
How to clean/ maintain this snazzy appliance?
These don’t require much maintenance as you can call your servicer once a year to service your refrigerators. All suppliers will provide you with servicing services.
To clean, all you need to do is spritz with kitchen cleaner and wipe away within your fridge. Since it stores all your food it’s good practice to keep it hygienic and sterile.
Hitachi, Beko, and Hisense make good lower price range ones. For upper scale and better quality, go for LG, Samsung, Panasonic, and Sharp make the best.
The Samsung 566L Side by Side Fridge SAM-RSA1RTSL looks so sleek with its stainless steel body. It has the best ice maker on the market. The best large refrigerator for value is hands down the Sharp Double French Refrigerator 750L SHPSJF95VMSS.
6. Fixtures & Fittings
You can get all these at your local depot or bathroom/ kitchen fixture store. Or, online you can get some off Lazada. The best online store for these without a doubt is Amazon. They have variety and reviews on all the best ones. All of which are guaranteed to enhance your choosing and shopping experience.
Multipurpose Faucet with a Built-in Water Filter
No Hands! Touchless/ touch-on Faucet
- Easy to use hands-free operation
- Modern style (looks great)
- Controlled water flow (no more leaving running water)
- Lowers water consumption
- Pull down spray heads
Flexible and Adaptable Pull out/ pull down/ side spray Faucet
Added Convenience and Function with a Pot Filler Faucet
- No strain; No lugging heavy filled pots around
- Easy fill for big pots that awkwardly fit/ don’t fit in your sink
- Great pressure and volume
- Contemporary look
- Convenience; no need to go back and forth to the sink
- Enable multitasking; Multiple water sources in your kitchen
- Minimize mess
Get Any Job Done with a Commercial kitchen faucet
- Added height
- Better pressure
- High performance
- Clean large dishes and pots
- Pot filling abilities
- Heavy duty use
- Two spray patterns
Best Sinks For Your Modern Kitchen
Sturdy and Hefty Undermount Sink
Seamlessly Chic Integrated Sinks
- Available in a wide range of materials (concrete, terrazzo, marble, stainless steel, etc,)
- Completely customizable (materials, shape, features, style, colors, bowl size, etc.)
- Simplify design (streamlines remodeling process)
- Quick, easy clean
- Statement piece (beautifully unified)
- Seamless lookHigh-end look (luxurious materials)
Spaciously Functional Double basin/bowl sink
- Versatile; Can use simultaneously for prep or drying
- May use less water and detergent
- Save counter space
Practically Effectual Farmhouse Sinks
Easy Clean Backsplashes for Your Modern Kitchen
All these backsplashes can be bought from any specialty bathroom/ kitchen fixture store. If your local store lacks in variety, you can always opt to shop online. Amazon has anything and everything you can imagine. All products come with multiple reviews to back any product. Shopping on the site will definitely ease your buying process.
Budget-Friendly Laminate Backsplash
Sleek and Seamless Glass Panel Backsplash
- Easy clean surface
- No grout joints to seal
- Natural light due to reflectiveness
- Low maintenance
- Totally DIY-able
- Sleek style and beauty
- Highly practical
Futuristic and Industrial Stainless Steel Panel Backsplash
If you want a more distinct look, patterned stainless steel is an option too. It’s a great way to stay functional in your modern kitchen while adding some necessary texture. No other material gives the modern industrial look like stainless steel.
- A modern, futuristic look
- Easy clean
- Heat and stain resistant
- Durability and longevity
- Natural light
- Manageable installation
Flooring is the best candidate to make sure your kitchen is updated with the latest trends. However, finding the right flooring to complement your modern kitchen can be an overwhelming experience due to the many choices available today. As such, we come up with some modern kitchen flooring options to help you find the perfect flooring for your kitchen. Read on and find out which best matches your flooring needs.
Hardwood flooring is a great option if you want to create an evergreen look that never go out of style. With its unparalleled warmth and visual appeal, it has been on the top flooring choices for homeowners.
Apart from that, hardwood is also highly durable. It requires low maintenance and can withstand decades of use. However, if you live in a high humidity region, add an extra finishing coat as special protection to keep the wood sealed and moisture-resistant.
Laminate flooring is a budget-friendly flooring solution for a modern kitchen. Comes in a wide variety of styles, it can easily be installed over another flooring with a little effort.
Besides, laminate flooring is durable and relatively more resistant than other tiles. It is a popular option because homeowners usually prefer it over hardwood flooring to achieve the wood look for their kitchen.
What’s more, laminate flooring has an edge over hardwood because it is 100% waterproof. This simply means you can conveniently install it in damp or wet areas without having to worry it being warped or damaged.
Nevertheless, laminate flooring’s high quality will make sure it lasts anywhere between 10 and 30 years. We believe it will likely be a trending choice for modern kitchens over the next decade.
Combining style with practicality, vinyl flooring is highly suitable for a modern kitchen. It belongs to a group of flooring products called resilient flooring, which is the softest flooring option. If your kitchen traffic is high, this cushiness makes your feet easier to walk on the floor.
As an easy-to-maintain flooring option, you need not to worry about spills, heavy objects or water splashes because it is completely waterproof and stain-proof. Be careful, however, as vinyl flooring does scratch easily.
To cope with it, vinyl flooring has a wear layer that helps resist scratches and scuff marks. But it does eventually wear off. This shall not be too much of a concern as a good quality vinyl flooring should last at least 20 years.
Porcelain flooring is an excellent choice for a modern kitchen. Being extremely hard, durable and stain-resistant, it is most suitable for high traffic areas like kitchens due to its ability to withstand a great deal of wear and tear. Any harm done on the tile does not show easily as it has color runs all the way through it.
As a matter of fact, porcelain flooring is so tough it is applicable outdoors in virtually any climate. Like common ceramic tile, it takes on the color of its clay mixture, so it has naturally earthy tones and can mimic the look and texture of a real stone.
Furthermore, porcelain flooring is incredibly strong. This means it is unlikely to scratch or crack in the long term. It is less likely to stain as well and those spills or stains, which are inevitable in a kitchen, can be easily wiped away.
Concrete flooring has an unmatched contemporary look and tone. As a super durable and versatile material, it can withstand activity in the busiest kitchens whilst looking great. Nothing can ruin it thanks to its outstanding resistance, and it keeps its cool which makes it practical for warm climates.
Concrete flooring offers a variety of finishes for homeowners to customize its look. Freshly poured concrete can be stamped, while every other concrete can be stained, polished, stenciled and waxed.
Moreover, it is a pretty affordable flooring option compared to the rest. If you have a concrete slab, you can have it polished and give it a luxurious sheen for a relatively cheap price. Not to mention that any cracks or discolorations will add a natural, stone-like feel.
Tile flooring is a great, low-maintenance solution that has been the kitchen flooring staple for years. It is easy to clean, durable and has a reflective quality that expands the appearance of space in a kitchen.
Tile flooring no longer comes exclusively as a 12” square. The latest modern and trending designs incorporate large, rectangular shapes; some even mimics wood and other textures and patterns.
However, the grout lines that come with tile flooring may be difficult to keep clean. Hence, we advise homeowners to hire professionals to install tiles with grout lines that are as small as possible for ease of maintenance.
Cork flooring is another option for a unique texture and a padded feel underfoot. As its material being a natural insulator against both temperature change and noise, it is a good flooring choice for a modern kitchen.
Likewise, it is also naturally anti-microbial, thanks to a waxy substance in the cork, which repels insects and pests. Being soft and durable, cork flooring is also immune to chipping, cracking and scuffing. And if you are on a budget, cork flooring is a great DIY solution where you can easily install it in your kitchen.
In addition, cork provides a spongy surface which cushions your floors. The result is a room which is acoustically pleasing, warm and aesthetic. It is worth mentioning that cork flooring comes in a range of different shapes and sizes, from planks to tiles, adding aesthetic freedom for homeowners.
In conclusion, we hope we’ve given you a general yet comprehensive idea on what makes up a modern kitchen in 2019. Perhaps this ultimate guide might come in handy and help you out in one way or another when you consider to give your kitchen a modern makeover in near future. Nevertheless, good luck and have fun in your kitchen renovation journey!