Kitchens are anything but standard these days. There’s a deviation from the traditional.
Homeowners want distinction, customization, convenience. Food matters more than ever – people are increasingly conscious of what they put in their bodies, and more time is being spent in the kitchen cooking and entertaining.
Stainless steel appliances have had their day, and designers are moving towards other options for consumers. Remember those boxy white appliances that always looked dirty? Miele is shifting the bad rap associated with white and has introduced a Brilliant White Plus Series – a clean, minimalist collection that has no resemblance to the uninspired designs of the past. Plus, a layer of glass on the façade makes these models easy to clean and almost impossible to stain.
On the other side of the spectrum, black is taking over as a bold and sophisticated choice for kitchen colour. KitchenAid has produced a line of black stainless steel appliances – 5-door refrigerator, double wall oven, dishwasher, and hood. Not as cold as silver, this collection will add warmth to the kitchen – not to mention a statement. They’re even fingerprint resistant. And then there’s the steampunk-style SMEG FA800AO – a name like a race car or jet.
Fixtures are catching up with modern lifestyles. Grohe now has a faucet that can be set between the options of chilled and filtered to lightly or fully sparkling water.
With materials getting better, stronger, more durable, chunky countertops are on the outs and thin benchtops are facing higher demand. A slender surface can come as thin as 3 millimetres.
It’s not all about aesthetics – kitchens are getting smarter too. There’s a projector system to display recipes without getting cookbooks or iPads covered in food, the June oven will recognize what you put inside it and recommend how to cook it, or connect the AEG oven to your phone to access an interior oven camera that shows you how your food is doing.
And if you don’t want to look at your kitchen, you can hide it behind panels.
The kitchen has never been a greater experience than it is today.