As we continue our discussion of trends in kitchen design, materials and appliances, it is interesting to note that kitchens are combining a mix of cutting-edge technology and materials while also incorporating “retro” designs and a wide array of colors. Long gone are the days of avocado and gold appliances and in addition to stainless steel, kitchens are sporting appliances in a wide array of styles and colors. KitchenAid just introduced the industry’s first-ever black stainless steel finish which they term a “new neutral look”.
As an example of this trend, a US manufacturer, Big Chill has recently debuted their “Classic” line which incorporates a 30-inch turn-of-the-century-inspired range and ventilation collection. The line is available in six colors with four unique metal trim options. The president of the company, Orion Creamer, explained that the series “was inspired by American industrial chic design, a movement that finds beauty in aged, utilitarian design” and can be used as an entire design or elements from the line mixed with other styles as an accent.
The trusty family frig is also undergoing major changes. The unit is being split into smaller parts and installed where most useful. Separate refrigerator drawers offer added convenience and more counter space. As Justin Knowlton, TMS Architects’s project manager says, “everybody wants under-counter refrigerator/freezer drawers. Great for keeping snacks and drinks out of main refrigerator/freezer and perfect for children to get in and out of as well.” Jason Bailey, TMS project architect, added that “refrigerator drawers in the kitchen island are a big thing now. The idea is to keep readily-used items in the drawers near the main cooking area so that trips to the main refrigerator are reduced.”
In contrast to the American Industrial chic movement are contemporary appliances that multitask; for example, a range hood that offers options for TV, DVDs or music.
If you have any questions on your kitchen or the right appliance for your kitchen, please contact TMS Architects. We will continue this series in a future post with a discussion of cabinetry and plumbing fixtures.