Wet and dry kitchen design ideas to inspire you

Is it time for your kitchen to be remodelled? Take a look at some of the wet and dry kitchen design ideas below!

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The wet and dry kitchen is something that all Malaysians are familiar with. Walk into any terrace home today and you’ll find yourself standing in between kitchens — one catered for light meal preparation and the other for heavy cooking. Both wet and dry kitchens are usually positioned next to each other, making it easier for us to move from one place to another. 

But why do we need two separate kitchens, isn’t it easier to just prepare and cook in the same place? Well, believe it or not, splitting the kitchen actually helps to manage your kitchen better and you get more kitchen storage space! Think about it, if you have a separate kitchen, you can focus on doing one thing in one place and it’s much, much easier to clean the area as well. 

That said, not everyone can afford to have both wet and dry kitchen space. If you’re living in a high-rise building, chances are, your home only comes equipped with one kitchen. Nonetheless, while it’s convenient to have both kitchens at home where you can maximise their functionalities, it’s totally fine to have a kitchen that serves both purposes. 

Let’s take a look at what makes a wet and dry kitchen.

What is a wet kitchen?

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As mentioned above, the wet kitchen is typically reserved for heavy cooking. In fact, it’s the perfect place to cook things like sambal, chillies and other food that exude heavy cooking smells and grease — like most Malaysian food. Which means, this area is also prone to getting all messy and grimy after cooking. 

If you want to keep your wet kitchen in tip-top condition, then you should design it in a way that’s easy to clean. Things like tiling up your walls and ceiling, installing a kitchen hood to limit strong odour and improve air circulation in the area, and raising kitchen cabinets will help significantly. 

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What is a dry kitchen?

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And then there’s the dry kitchen. Unlike the wet kitchen where you’ll typically find it at the far end of the home, the dry kitchen is usually positioned next to the dining area or living room. This area is used to prepare light meals like sandwiches and fruits. 

Here, you’ll find things like the microwave, a toaster and the refrigerator. The dry kitchen can also be doubled as the dining or bar area where friends and families can mingle over food and drinks. 

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How to create an efficient wet and dry kitchen?

Now that you’re clear on what makes a wet and dry kitchen, let’s take a look at how you can design an effective space for your home. 

  1. Separate the area

It goes without saying that both the wet kitchen and the dry kitchen should be split into two sections. Build a partition to distinguish both areas — we recommend installing glass doors or glass sliding doors. This way you can visually expand your kitchen area while keeping both kitchens apart. 

  1. Have easy access to both kitchens

Both kitchens should be close by if not next to each other so that you can manoeuvre from one place to the other effortlessly. You should also place shared appliances like a microwave, an oven, pots and pans somewhere close to both areas for easy access. 

  1. Easy to maintain

Since the wet kitchen is reserved for heavy and greasy cooking, the area tends to get mucky easily. Grease and grime will stick to the wall and cabinets so it’s important to keep the area as easy to maintain as possible. One straightforward way to do this is to install porcelain or ceramic tiles on the wall as they’re easier to clean. As for kitchen cabinets, go for something with a matte finishing. 

The dry kitchen, on the other hand, is easier to maintain. Feel free to invest higher quality materials like marble and quartz for your countertop and cabinets

  1. Ventilate the area

The last thing you want for your wet kitchen is poor ventilation. All that frying, washing and baking will generate heat and steam, and if you don’t have good ventilation, the moisture-laden air will be trapped in the area and over time, mould and mildew will grow

To ensure proper ventilation, install a kitchen hood or get an exhaust fan to vent out strong odours and smoke. Or, just pop the windows open to invite fresh air in. 

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Wet and dry kitchen design ideas to try

There are so many ways you can beautify both your wet and dry kitchen areas. Let’s take a look at some of these Malaysian kitchens for ideas. 

1. Opt for glass backsplash

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The combination of grey tiles in this all-white kitchen gives off a basic yet modern kitchen design. A coloured glass is used as backsplash in this wet and dry kitchen as it’s easier to clean and it reflects light, making the space brighter — a great option for kitchens that lack natural lighting. Instead of wood and melamine, the homeowner chose a glossy finish for the kitchen cabinet because its reflective surface helps make the space feel bigger. Not to mention, it’s also much easier to clean. 

2. Add texture to an all-white kitchen

The open concept kitchen can look a tad bit boring, especially when everything’s white. Glam it up with pendant lights to add visual interest to the space. You can also add texture with marble-type tiles to add a subtle visual appeal to the all-white cabinetry. Match the marble backsplash and countertop to have a uniform and peaceful look throughout the kitchen.

3. Illuminate the space

A glass backsplash is sleek, low maintenance and easy to clean because it has no grout lines as well as being much more durable. Kitchen looking bare? Put a pendant light above the island to illuminate the area and add visual interest to the space. Insert a small slab of marble-type tiles for the backsplash at the sink area to spruce up the dry kitchen. 

As for the wet kitchen, a tile backsplash and floor are preferred as it’s easier to clean. The bottom cabinet is also raised slightly above the ground so you can mop the area with ease. Task lighting is also important here as it helps to illuminate the space and let you focus on what you have at hand easily. 

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4. Use contrasting colours

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This wet and dry kitchen mixes a combination of two colours — beige and light brown for the cabinets instead of the usual all-white. The colour combination creates a strong contrast in the kitchen area, a great choice for those who are looking to add colours in the kitchen without overwhelming the space. The warm colour tones also help lighten up the mood in the kitchen. 

5. Add statement tiles

Create a small statement piece/section with the use of subway tiles as a backsplash to make the space more visually enticing. You don’t have to tile the entire kitchen or it’ll end up looking garish. We like the black countertop and white cabinetry for it creates a uniform style for the wet kitchen. 

For the dry kitchen, this kitchen goes with white tiles and white grout for a clean and timeless look. Hanging polished silver finish pendant lights above the kitchen island helps provide ample light. 

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