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If you’re like most homeowners here in Rhode Island, you spend a great deal of time in your kitchen, and in that time you’re not just cooking, eating and cleaning up. A compelling study by the Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence reports that nearly 20 percent of homeowners spend an average of three hours per day in the kitchen. The RICKI study confirms what we have known for a long time at RIKB – homeowners use their kitchen for a vast array of activities that have nothing to do with a kitchen’s traditional role. Instead, our clients are asking us to design kitchens that serve as a multifunctional space to listen to music, share quality time with family and friends, watch television, stream videos, care for pets, pay bills, read, play games, study, work and more.

The amount of time that homeowners spend in the kitchen is expected to continue to increase. Technological advances are transforming the kitchen from an independent living space into a hyper-connected, multipurpose hub for cooking, eating, entertaining, relaxing and working from home.

As the kitchen’s role continues to evolve, there is a new emphasis on design, and it’s becoming increasingly valuable to work with professionals who understand how to transform a traditional kitchen space into an area that accommodates a diverse array of nontraditional kitchen functions. As Eliot Sefrin, publisher emeritus of Kitchen & Bath Design News, points out, “A growing number of kitchens are occupying larger, more open footprints. ‘Smart’ features are being built into cabinetry, appliances, countertops and other kitchen components.” Smart kitchen lighting, hardware, virtual assistants and other products are coming to market to address consumer demand for Wi-Fi/Bluetooth capabilities. Manufacturers are bringing to market creative solutions to incorporate docking stations for smart devices into cabinets, drawers, countertops and other spaces. Appliances also offer smart options and Bluetooth connectivity that enable remote operation and are synched with digital assistants.

Your kitchen is the hub of your home, you and your family spend a lot of time in that space. It’s essential that it is arranged in a manner that best suits your lifestyle and needs. If you want to discuss your dream kitchen of tomorrow, please call our showroom at 401-463-1550 or visit our showroom at 139 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI.

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We’ve been designing and installing dream kitchens for our clients since 1989. We’ve found that there are several key components essential to creating this space that too often are not given enough consideration. These elements include: lighting, seating, and organization/storage.

LIGHTING:
Good lighting can make a new kitchen more enjoyable and can make or break how a new kitchen looks, feels and functions. It is equally as important as cabinets, countertops, appliances, backsplashes, flooring, sinks and faucets.

Effective lighting illuminates a space in layers using different components and strategies to paint the final picture. Layers of light contribute not only to the functionality of the kitchen but also to its design and beauty. Kitchens require ambient, task and accent lighting. Simply placing flush-mounted fixtures in the center of your ceiling can provide functional light, but it may do little to beautify the space, create a mood or evoke favorable emotional responses.

  • AMBIENT LIGHTING: The goal of ambient lighting is to provide soft, general illumination without necessarily drawing attention to the light source. Ambient lighting will provide enough light for safe navigation, cooking and washing dishes and helps to define the space.
  • TASK LIGHTING: This helps to illuminate the activities that take place in the kitchen and provide light to prep, cook, bake, read recipes, easily find ingredients, watch television or do homework. Recent technological advances enable designers to integrate task lighting into drawers and cabinets by installing LED strip lighting or puck lights. LED lights are often installed under wall mounted cabinets to illuminate countertops.
  • ACCENT LIGHTING:  Subtle light, used to help keep the kitchen from looking ordinary or bland by highlighting open shelving, artwork, architectural details or other objects. Light fixtures that provide light and shadows can make the space more inviting and comfortable. These may include track lights, recessed adjustable fixtures and spotlights. A focused beam of light directed at a plant or highlighting a work of art, or a spotlight placed behind a plant and pointed upward through the leaves creates shadows on the wall that can make a kitchen more attractive.

SEATING:
Most homeowners want to have an abundance of seating in their new kitchens to entertain friends and family and to use the kitchen for additional purposes such as preparing meals, cleaning up, doing homework, bill paying, reading, relaxing and working from home. That’s why islands have become so popular. They serve multiple functions in addition to serving as a focal point.

ORGANIZATION/STORAGE:
A great kitchen must not only look out of this world, but it also must incorporate the best functionality that meets your needs. There is a vast array of storage and organizational tools ranging from drawer and cabinet organizers to pull out drawers and pantries that provide a place for all of your kitchen utensils, small appliances, plates and glassware, cookware and pots and pans.

What elements are necessary to make your dream kitchen a reality? Find out by calling us at 401-463-1550 or visit our showroom at 139 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI.

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We are surrounded by technology at work, in our cars, and just about every aspect of our lives, including the kitchen.

Many of our clients want to take advantage of technological advancements explicitly developed for the kitchen as part of their remodel. We see personal home assistants and dedicated kitchen tablets trending upward in this arena. According to the 2019 Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, 11 percent of homeowners are upgrading electronics as part of their kitchen remodel. The percentage of homeowners incorporating a personal home assistant such as Google Home or Amazon’s Alexa increased from 23 percent to 31 percent from 2017 to 2018. Dedicated kitchen tablets rose to 17 percent from 11 percent during the same period.

However, the most popular electronic upgrade for kitchens remains the television. Sixty percent of remodels included a TV in their new kitchens. Nearly half of kitchen remodels featured a docking or charging station. Manufacturers have upped their game when it comes to charging stations, incorporating them into drawers, in electrical switch plates and popping up from countertops. The ability to charge smartphones and tablets within a drawer helps to avoid countertop clutter and maintain clean lines.

Wireless or Bluetooth speakers were specified for 29 percent of new kitchens, according to the Houzz survey. That percentage actually decreased from the year before at 38 percent.

Kitchen faucets also are becoming technologically more sophisticated with features such as hands-free and touch operation, improved water efficiency, water filtration capability, Bluetooth applications and no-fingerprint finishes.

Refrigerators, ranges, cooktops, ovens and dishwashers are offering technological conveniences ranging from the ability to order groceries via Alexa and other personal assistants to blue tooth connectivity that allows homeowners to preheat an oven on their commute home via their smartphone. The Houzz survey found that 16 percent of homeowners upgraded appliances as part of their kitchen remodel and 11 percent picked appliances with color touchscreen displays. These displays offer a mind-boggling array of features. You can watch videos on YouTube, make video calls and use the touchscreen to control smart home devices through voice activation or touch screen and even search local restaurants. You can play music or watch a video while you cook and Google will save your place so you can check the recipe at any time. There are even displays that show you how to divide cakes into perfect portions for slicing.

What’s the right technology for your new kitchen? Give us a call at 401-463-1550  or visit our showroom at 139 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI to determine how you can use emerging technology in your new kitchen to make your life easier, less stressful and more enjoyable.

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 showroom at 139 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI to explore how you can make 2019 extraordinarily special for you and your family.

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