Cooking In Style: Kitchen Trends 2011

During the holiday season, we tend to spend a lot more time in the kitchen so I thought this would be a good time to let you know what you can expect to see in your kitchen in the future.

Open Floor Plan

The trend of incorporating our lifestyles into the kitchen is still relevant. Homeowners are allotting more thought, square footage, and budget dollars to the kitchen layout. Open floor plans conducive to entertaining and family interaction are prevalent in floor plans and renovations.

Healthy Living

Green design in the kitchen is focusing on healthy living. The desire to improve indoor air quality has led to the use of low-or-no VOC finishes such as paint, sealants, and cabinetry materials. In renovations, ventilation and filtration systems are being updated. Appliance manufacturers are getting involved by incorporating sustainability standards for appliances such as microwaves and refrigerators.

No More Cookie-cutter Kitchens

Cookie-cutter kitchens are a thing of the past. Placing your personal stamp on the kitchen can be as simple as adding whimsical knobs to your cabinets. Lighting fixtures, countertops and backsplashes are great places to express your personal aesthetic.

Natural Materials

Natural materials are making their way into the kitchen. Painted cabinets are out. Stone countertops featuring natural veining are popular. And finish preferences have shifted from polished to honed.

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Technology

And it’s no big surprise that technology will play an even bigger role in the kitchen. How about a control panel which will allow us to play hide-and-seek with appliances? You have heard of the importance of lighting in a kitchen, so how about incorporating it into your countertops? Everything else is going wireless so how about wireless small appliances?

 

Regional influences and budgetary considerations will certainly be factors affecting these trends. Whether or not all of these trends become a reality remains to be seen – maybe even by this time next year!

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