Recent headlines indicate that rooms that embrace new style trends in new home construction are kitchen and baths, the statement rooms in the home. Kitchens and baths are becoming more upscale as people adopt a certain level of luxury in these rooms. Interestingly, new kitchen designs focus on creating a space that is as functional and efficient as possible, yet provides a very welcoming area for the homeowner and guests. Six trends that have been observed in kitchen design themes include the following:
o Design the kitchen as an entertaining space since guests naturally desire to interact with the host during food prep.
o Design in softer color palette and "beachy" looks in cabinetry while adding different textures in flooring, and countertops to get a look that is high style and enduring.
o Adoption of contemporary designs that blend a classic cabinet design with a modern faucet, concrete countertop, metal-work backsplash, and accessories.
o Introduction of bold colors through the use of artwork, collectibles, or fabrics to give balance to the conservative neutral colors (think beige) that are common.
o Designing in different areas within the kitchen, such as a formal and informal dining area, prep station, cook station, and even a distinct cleaning station.
o Combining open storage with closed cabinet storage so the kitchen can function for day-to-day life.
Obviously, electrical appliances and kitchen islands play a big role in the above mentioned trends as consumers continue to demand a host of appliances that go beyond the dated "stove, fridge, and dishwasher" concept according to industry experts recently gathered in New York. Upscale kitchens are including multiples of appliances including double ovens, two dishwashers, dual refrigerator or freezer drawers that are only limited by space. Specialty appliances are also in demand such as espresso machines and built in coffee makers, warming drawers, undercounter beverage centers and wine storage units leading the pack. Finally demand for function is still present with the trend toward offering a myriad of storage options to better organize busy parents and de-clutter their home.