A smartly-designed kitchen—one that caters to both the current and long-term—will serve the needs of your household for years to come. But what does “smartly-designed” mean?
“Designing a kitchen is 50 percent science; it’s about making the space efficient and functional right down to the placement of the sinks and the height of the appliances,” says Matthew Quinn of Atlanta-based Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio. “The other half is about making the space something that fits with the emotional needs of the homeowners and the aesthetic they are hoping to achieve.”
Quinn, along with other award-winning designers, recently forecasted trends in kitchen design at the Sub-Zero and Wolf “Design Pros Call It” event. The forecast included:
• Concealed Sinks
• Convection Steam Ovens
• Child-Friendly Sinks, Refrigerators
• Induction Cooktops
• New Neutrals (Black, Blue, Gray)
• Off-Kitchen Dining Areas
• Open Floor Plan
• Outdoor Kitchen
• Panel Overlays for Appliances
• Recycling Center
• Stainless Steel
• Salvaged Wood Accents
• Vertical Gardens
The forecast also settles the “timeless” versus “classic” design debate.
“Truly timeless kitchen design is quite difficult, is very limiting and depends heavily on its surrounding architecture,” Quinn says. “White cabinets, white marble and wood floors most commonly stand the test of time. Like the Barcelona chair, classic kitchen design is incorporating great design elements of that moment that reflect that era. A metal range hood, a pro-style faucet and some decorative hardware are examples.”
Source: Sub-Zero and Wolf
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