Kitchen Design Without Cabinets

If you are anticipating a remodel or building a whole new kitchen, you need to check these 20 trendy Indian kitchens that are apt and worth attention. Tell us in Comments below which inspired you the most.

1. Island cooking

This streamlined kitchen by Veer Desai balances the cabinets on two sides with a centralised cooking space on an island. The different functions (preparation, cooking and storage) are segregated to design a free-flowing work space. The half-open structure of the stove island unit alone creates an abstract statement – simple, yet effective.


Photo: Veer Desai

2. Cascading platforms

Waterfall counters (when the vertical counter-top turns perpendicularly down to reach the ground on the shorter sides) look beautiful and this trend ought to stay. Here, beautiful shadows created due to the row of pendants and cove lights above the island bring warmth to the crisp white setting. Spotless, handle-free cabinets give a clean and streamlined look to this space by Dipen Gada. For an un-cluttered look, it was clever of them to camouflage the hood behind cabinet doors.


Photo: Dipen Gada and Associates

3. Statement backsplash

This neutral-coloured (white, black and brown) kitchen is punched with vibrant hues through patchwork backsplash tiles. Hidden lights under the overhead cabinets and platform drawers add to the vivacity.


Photo: Prashant Bhat Photography

4. Going handleless

Absence of handles equals sleek cabinets and cupboards. Handleless cabinets also enhance and highlight the textures of the cupboard surfaces. A colourful patterned mosaic backsplash and duo-tone wall treatment accents this kitchen. Fadd Studio annexes the homey feel by incorporating mood lighting in wicker pendants.


Photo: Fadd Studio

5. Planning for less clutter

Aum Architects has tactfully planned this kitchen to be a decluttered space. Light tones, high tiling, storage cabinets at the bottom, as opposed to being on the top, combine to give this space a breezy appeal. The wall tiles themselves serve as a backsplash and the floating open shelf allows minimal storage above.


Photo: Aum Architects

6. Comprehensive

This minimalist kitchen is the kind I dream of having in the future. The symmetric layout, the crisp white vertical surfaces, grey floor and wood as a surprise element bring everything together efficiently in this elegant bungalow kitchen. U & R designs softens the setup with hanging indoor planters edging the wall.


Photo: U & R designs

7. Open or not?

Full-height glazing and large glass openings give this kitchen an open feel. The dark, patterned floor and exposed concrete ceiling sets the kitchen apart from the other areas. Do not miss how Spaces Architects@ka places the island, with double gas hobs and double hood, flanked by the walls.



8. Galley galore

A galley layout, adopted by Shahen Mistry Architects, provides ample modular storage and counter space to this kitchen space. The passage opens the modest kitchen up to an adjacent dining area.



9. Modular storage

Powered with both style and practicality, modular kitchens are easy to personalise and operate. This kitchen by Savio & Rupa Interior Concepts features drawer baskets and tall pantry units to make the most of the available space.


Photo: Savio & Rupa Interior Concepts (Bangalore)

10. Modish and warm

This one by Moriq offers a dedicated central cooking area and plenty of storage behind one, within reach. Un-ornamented textures create a chic decor uplifted with warm panel lights and white walls.


Photo by Moriq

11. Diffused doses of light

This L-shaped kitchen lacked ample openings to bring in natural light. To compensate, sk designs has used recessed strip lights in the ceiling and under the cabinets to brighten up the space. Glossy finishes help reflect the light and the dash of orange adds to the vibrancy.


Photo: sk designs

12. Glowing cabinets

Here, glass-fronted cabinets with lit interiors offer a visual focal point. The soft colour palette and task lights help to create a sense of calm and cosiness. The raised bar on the island and the bar stool give a rustic edge to the modern setup.


Photo: SEA Group Germany

13. White done right

This U-shaped kitchen features white cabinets, white backsplash, white window shades and a white floor. However, Swapnil Bapat uses sudden splashes of different hues to break the monotony; this accents the space, adding more depth and vibrancy.



14. High on contrast

Kitchens with two or more contrasting tones need to have them paired carefully. The glossy black bottom cabinets give a sharp margin to the white counter and overhead cabinets in this kitchen, a Milind Paidesign. He adds matte wood-brown and grey textures on the wall to bridge the contrast gap.


Photo: Milind Pai Architects & Interior Designers

15. Jolly wood

Wood 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.



16. Dark tones

Black, grey and white surfaces work together to bring life to this kitchen. A360 a r c h i t e c t s chose to sheen the surfaces for a rich, luxe aura. Contemporary furniture and appliances add to the lustre.


Photo: A360 a r c h i t e c t s

17. Dramatic industrial

Swapnil Bapat brings together a bespoke blend of raw finishes, such as wood (pullouts), stone (counter top) and metal (bar stools and hardware) with treated finishes like laminates (cabinet faces) and glass. Dark tones and indirect cabinet lighting create a striking effect.



18. Transitionally sound

A mashup of vintage decor pieces, contemporary pendant lights and minimalist white cabinets fashion a good example of a transitional kitchen. Nandita Manwani keeps the colour tone neutral to avoid over-done interiors.


Photo: Nandita Manwani

19. Wow wall and floor

The exposed brick wall with a blue window, here, gives the kitchen a spirited ambience. Further, the coloured, patterned cement floor bestows a touch of old-world vernacular charm. This kitchen oozes personality with its white cabinetry, glossy textures and modern appliances, all lit by a large window opening out to the atrium.

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