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With many homeowners in Southern New England continuing to spend most of their time in their homes, they have realized that they want their homes, especially their kitchens, to be better. Working and schooling from home have shined a bright spotlight on kitchen storage capabilities, due in part to the fact that more homeowners in Southern New England are cooking more often and using their kitchen for multiple purposes.

Increasing the number of cabinets and enhancing their storage capabilities addresses homeowners’ needs without necessarily having to increase the kitchen’s size. That’s one reason we start the product selection process with cabinets and evaluate homeowners’ performance requirements for their new dream kitchen.

Homeowners in Southern New England have gravitated to walk-in pantries as another tool to increase storage space. If there is no room for a walk-in pantry, pantry cabinets can often meet storage needs.

One trend we expect to continue is the movement away from open concept kitchen spaces that flow automatically into other rooms. For families where two adults are working from home and children are attending school virtually, the need for private spaces has become evident. Another trend that will continue in 2021 is to connect the kitchen to outdoor living spaces.

White remains the number one color choice for cabinets, specified by 41% of homeowners renovating their kitchen, according to a recent Houzz.com survey. Medium tones and gray were the next most popular cabinet colors. The palate for new kitchens is trending toward neutral paint colors with gray, white and beige leading the way.

RIKB’s clients are using pops of color in their backsplashes, appliances and walls. The Houzz.com survey found that black stainless appliances are specified in 10% of kitchen remodels, and an additional 6% of homeowners are selecting black appliances in other materials.

Color is also increasingly popular for islands. 41% of homeowners in the Houzz.com survey choose an island color to contrast with their new cabinets. The most popular colors are blue and gray. Only 13% of renovations featured islands with the same color as cabinets.

What trends will work best for your new dream kitchen? Give us a call at 401-463-1550 or make an appointment to visit our Design Center either in person or virtually at RIKB.com.

It’s a new year, and that means, new trends in kitchen design!

A recent Whirlpool Corporation survey found that 52 percent of consumers believe they spend too much time cooking and 58 percent of consumers reported that they would like to spend less time doing laundry. Other findings in the Whirlpool survey include:

  • Nearly 75 percent of respondents are interested in smart appliances that will help reduce food waste.
  • 75 percent of respondents want smart appliances that can help manage water usage.
  • 78 percent of respondents want their smart appliances to save money.
  • 64 percent of respondents want appliances to reduce their utility costs.
  • 69 percent of respondents want appliances that can provide personalized service.

The Whirlpool survey reflects trends expected in 2019. New kitchens and baths will continue to offer the best of both form and function. We are seeing growing demand amongst our clientele for kitchens that are not only beautiful but will also contribute to a healthier lifestyle. On many clients’ wish lists are appliances that produce healthier food. That helps to explain the growing popularity of convection steam ovens or combination steam and microwaves that are often specified when space is at a premium.

Undercounter refrigerated drawers are another appliance that contributes to a healthier lifestyle. Many of our clients are attracted to refrigerated drawers to store fruits and vegetables, which promote healthier snacks and also can help reduce the time required for meal preparation, especially when the drawers are in an island.

Water filtration faucets and systems help assure that water used for cooking, drinking and bathing is chemical free.

Smart, connected appliances that include ovens, refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, clothes dryers and even coffee makers that can order pods on demand are popping up in kitchens nationwide with the goal to provide owners with more time and convenience.

Lighting is continuing to evolve through technological advancements and creative design applications. Given that the kitchen is the most important room in the home, a well-designed kitchen is a well-lit kitchen, providing layers of light for setting the mood, performing tasks and providing ambiance. In-drawer and cabinet lighting are expected to continue to increase in popularity, and the range of pendants, chandeliers and other fixtures provide a blank canvas for our customers to make unique design statements.

If you resolved this year to improve your health, enhance your lifestyle or reward yourself for the hard work that you put in every day, we could help you achieve those goals by designing a dream kitchen that exceeds your wildest expectations. Give us a call at 401-463-1550 or visit our Design Center at 139 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI to explore how you can make 2019 extraordinarily special for you and your family.

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