You will love all the design cues from this Maker Tower kitchen!

Sleek and smooth surfaces all around

Who livs here: Nitya & Kamlesh Tejwani

Location: Maker Tower, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai 

Size of kitchen: 250 sq ft

Design team: Interior designer Ashwini Gokhale

Livspace service: Kitchen renovation 

Budget: ₹₹₹₹₹

If you have a partial eye to straight lines and symmetry, this revamped kitchen will have you right at the entrance. For most Mumbaikers, the Maker Tower in Cuffe Parade needs no introduction. Towering over the Mumbai skyline, the more than 20-year-old building is home to Nitya Tejwani and her husband Kamlesh. The family having relocated from the U.S wanted their beloved kitchen to stand out in a contemporary vibe and most importantly, have all the amenities updated. 

The challenge? The kitchen is in an uncommon trapezium layout. But our designer Ashwini Gokhale loves a good challenge. From an unorganised space, the kitchen is now efficient, updated and prepped to cook a storm! Let’s take a look-see! 

Kitchen Makeover in Maker Tower: Soothing monochrome hues 
Before and after of the counter space

It all started with inspiration from the flooring. Ashwini explains that the flooring itself had a lot of character and the family wanted to retain it. So the designs had to complement this. As a result, she picked a soothing monochrome palette for the kitchen. While the base cabinets take the spotlight in metallic silver acrylic finish, the top cabinets have been done in a lighter hue of grey. Its anti-scratch feature makes the kitchen easy-maintenance. In addition, a grey quartz countertop completes the look. 

Since the kitchen stands in an interesting trapezium layout, Ashwini trimmed and cleaned it up to accommodate more counter space. “I focused on giving it a geometrical yet linear and sophisticated appeal,” Ashwini explains. Notice the backsplash? The tiles are marble-esque to keep things classy and on budget too. 

Kitchen Makeover in Maker Tower: Hello swanky storage!
From disorderly cabinets to organisational haven

If you look at their earlier kitchen, you would notice it had plenty of cabinets. But organisation doesn’t rely on quantity of options alone. Ashwini put in a tall unit consisting of an in-built oven along with microwave space. It also has cabinets on top. A roller shutter has been placed conveniently next to it, with an aluminum roll-up. This neatly tucks away small electrical appliances like toasters and grinders.

In addition, wicker baskets help to keep onions, potatoes and other dry groceries. Some of the base units have been fitted with pull out trays as well to stash masalas and other quick essentials. Don’t you just love how everything has a place?  

Kitchen Makeover in Maker Tower: Basking in all that light
Profile lights under the top cabinets

The kitchen has an abundance of sunlight pouring in,  thanks to the number of wide windows put in. Blinds were a better choice than putting in standard kitchen curtains. To take it up a notch, Ashwini added profile lights under the top cabinets. Also, notice how open glass shelves have been used beside the top cabinet. Glass is an excellent way to reflect more light into your space. 

“Nitya and Kamlesh have been very much satisfied with the design and efforts taken by the whole team till the handover. They gave me immense liberty to put my ideas in front of them and valued my opinion as well. The execution was handed well by Naresh Bees and Durgesh Parab (Project Managers) with Sandesh as our Project Engineer and Jaisingh Chawan as the Vendor Manager giving attention to the minutest details and resolving design queries promptly.”

Ashwini Gokhale, Interior Designer, Livspace 

If you liked this kitchen tour, take a look at 20-Year-Old Kitchen Gets Basic Revamp for inspiration.

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