Part 3 in 4-Part Series
In our first blog post about kitchen remodeling, Kitchen Remodeling in Focus, we discussed the all-important role that kitchens fill in family life – focusing on how to incorporate color trends into timeless kitchen design. Last week’s post, Remodeling: Kitchen Counters & Flooring, covered interior decorating trends relative to surface selections for kitchen flooring and countertops. In this, our third entry in a four-part series, we’ll discuss kitchen appliances and how they relate to design and functionality. Next week, check back as we will tackle how fixtures inform kitchen design.
In much the same way that avocado green, burnt orange and harvest gold were trendy appliance colors circa 1970, the 1980’s was all about white. Thereafter, the 1990’s and early 2000’s inspired a love of stainless steel; in fact, almost every kitchen remodel during this period featured granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Time marches on, and so do remodeling ideas – so what is on the horizon?
While we continue to use stainless steel in many of our kitchen remodels, some industry trailblazers are pointing to “new way to do white.” In fact, an article in HGTV magazine calls the trend, White, Reimagined:
“White is back — but it doesn’t mean you have to revisit the 1980s (whew). The modern take on white appliances is all about high-tech surfaces and innovative design touches. For example, some appliances…have a glossy finish inspired by smartphones and include stainless steel handles for a fresh, clean look.”
A People Home & Travel writer, Megan Stein, reported in January 2017 that, where kitchen redesign is concerned, stainless is here to stay:
“Stainless steel is still reigning supreme. It seems stainless-steel won’t go out of style any time soon, as 72% of respondents listed the standard silver finish as the top color choice for appliances.” But Stein doesn’t stop there. “A recent survey showed that black stainless steel also has a solid showing.”
Retro design sees kitchen appliances popping up in soft pastel colors with rounded-edges, such as these which appear on Big Chill. Additional retro appliance pieces are available on websites such as AJMadison and ElmiraStoveWorks.
A great way to set the tone for a kitchen renovation is to choose appliances that reflect your personality and the way you want to cook. No matter your preferred kitchen aesthetic, an attractive hood is a great accent playing an important but supportive role to your cooktop.
Smart home technology is rapidly developing, with the kitchen at center stage. As far as appliances go, you will soon see integrated speakers with Bluetooth functionality, color-changing lights, and integrated charging sockets. Smart Home appliances will not only look attractive but will make the most of available technology to improve kitchen efficiency. One of the most popular are smart refrigerators, which include smartphone mirroring, smart TV playback, memos, calendars and internet radio, and as a bonus, the Smart Fridge also chills food.
Is your kitchen connected?
Read the final post in our four-part series about kitchen design trends for 2017 focusing on fixtures. When it comes to complex projects like custom homes, kitchen renovations, additions or whole-house remodeling, Lotus Construction Group uses cutting-edge materials and construction techniques, and offers innovative ideas executed with flawless precision for seamless flow and timeless design. We would love to visit your home to discuss how we might create a comprehensive Design-Build Analysis, specific to your project’s needs. If the process sounds enticing, call (909) 621-1558 today to schedule a complementary appointment.