Designing a new kitchen involves more than selecting cabinets and countertops. How the kitchen fits and functions within the home and the impacts of technology and sustainability options are as integral to a successful design as selecting the perfect color palette. To jump-start your thinking regarding the options, we’ve gathered information on the latest trends.
For many families, the kitchen is the hub of the home, so it is important to acknowledge how the space impacts adjacent rooms and traffic flow. New design features help to customize your space, including the ability to accommodate varying levels of mobility. Technology also comes to the kitchen, bringing energy saving strategies with it.
Current trends indicate that in the near future, new homes will be smaller, greener and offer more casual living space. Open floor plans satisfy a desire for gathering and connecting, and these spaces transition easily for multi-purpose uses – integrating kitchen, dining and living functions.
It is a growing trend to incorporate Inclusive Design features such as zero-step entries and showers, widened door and hallways, multi-level cabinets and non-slip flooring in the average home design. These features will be are very important for people who choose to “age in place,” preferring to remain at home rather than move to a nursing or retirement community, as well as for families that blend multiple generations under one roof.
Many new kitchens feature a streamlined look, with large window expanses with fewer wall cabinets.
Energy Star rated appliances are key - compare the operational cost savings that these appliances offer to traditional models for a true picture of how going green can save you money. Today’s smart home features Wi-Fi enabled appliances that relay maintenance information to both the home owner and the manufacturer and green technologies throughout the home design including low-E windows, dual flush toilets and low-flow faucets.
Today’s style trends favour “less is more” aesthetics, emphasizing clean lines and simpler mouldings with carefully selected accents offering personalization. Common ways to accomplish this style include:
Colour trends are soft, moving away from stark whites in favour of creamy neutral palettes with just a hint of colour such as gold, lavender, blue and green. Painted, stained and matte finishes are being used usually in earth tones including muted greens, chiffon yellows and deep blues, as well as browns, reds, blacks and grays. When selecting a colour palette, look to the world around you - Mother Nature has a great eye. Be sure to integrate some of the same colour tones throughout your home to have a flow from room to room, especially in open floor plan designs.