Kitchen Trends: Part 2
In our last “kitchen trends” blog post, we discussed a couple things that can help improve both the aesthetics and functionality of your kitchen. In this post, we are going to discuss two more. Informal and bright spaces are great, but don’t forget about convenient appliances and eating areas!
With even the most tech-wary homeowners now embracing smartphones and technology on the go, it’s no surprise that in today’s kitchen, technology is king. Many homeowners will gladly invest in costly new technology and restaurant-quality appliances, such as large 6-burner cooktops, two dishwashers, or 48-inch wide refrigerators.
The list of luxurious extras in the modern kitchen is long, but top choices include:
- Warming drawers
- Built-in coffee makers
- Wine refrigerators
- Beverage stations
Built-in storage for countertop appliances, creative charging stations for laptops and phones, and plug molding installed under wall cabinets minimize clutter and allow for design elements, such as backsplashes, to be the rightful stars of the room.
For the busy homeowner, incorporating a TV in the kitchen design or ensuring visibility of the TV from the kitchen is often a top priority, and it’s not uncommon to find a client for whom watching the news is a job requirement. Making the TV accessible during dinnertime and meal prep is a small upgrade that can greatly improve a homeowner’s day-to-day enjoyment of their home.
A Place at the Table
Today’s less formal kitchens typically feature a breakfast bar or island instead of a breakfast table or dining table. When homeowners choose remodeling over moving to accommodate a growing family, space is a top concern. To increase flexibility, our team often suggests large islands or multifunctional seating such as folding tables built-in to the island—a unique feature that can turn a kitchen from a homework hangout to a family dinner spot in minutes.
Importance of Good Design
Though kitchen trends may come and go, good design is universal. By investing in a high-quality kitchen renovation, a homeowner can rest assured that their new kitchen will serve its practical purpose while also allowing time to pursue a passion for cooking, a flurry of dinner parties, or a thirst for today’s best technology. Even historic homes can easily make the jump into the modern age with a design that understands how to mix the old and the new and is sensitive to the fact that true character is acquired, not constructed. Regardless of which kitchen trend you ultimately embrace, the best kitchen renovations find a smart balance between the latest in upgrades and everyday life.
If you’re ready to remodel your kitchen and are looking for a company in the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia area, Wentworth can help. We have experience remodeling older kitchens in the region—visit our kitchen photos to see past projects we’ve completed and get in touch with us to schedule an initial consultation!