A kitchen is a room or part of a room used for cooking and food preparation. Kitchens today need to have a lot of storage space too; and are typically equipped with a stove, a sink with cold (sometimes hot) running water, a refrigerator, a microwave oven, a dishwasher and other electric appliances. The main function of a kitchen is cooking or preparing food but it may also be used for dining, food storage, entertaining, dishwashing and laundry.
With open planning getting more popular, a kitchen is often an extension of the living space itself.
In homes where space is not a constraint, the formal dining area is kept separate and a small breakfast bar is included in the kitchen; for convenience.
A typical kitchen has to accommodate all kitchenware – cookware, tableware, ovenware and cutlery.
Kitchen design has evolved in various ways and the latest concept is the modular kitchen; which has gained immense popularity in recent times. Modular kitchens are designed, planned and then prepared in a workshop. These ready pieces are then fitted on site using innovative hardware to utilize maximum space in most luxurious way.