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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.

Kitchen Trends 2019 RIKB

Events

Do you spend hours searching through Houzz or Pinterest dreaming of a new kitchen or bath and wonder how to make them a reality? Join us for a day packed with practical workshops and remodeling insights. Attend one workshop or stay for the entire day to absorb ideas and advice from our award-winning designers and product experts who will inspire you to create the space that’s right for you and your home. While you’re visiting our showroom, explore even more trends from our inspirational kitchen and bathroom displays that surround the event space.

10:00-10:30am: 10 Steps to a Successful Remodel
10:45-11:15pm: Kitchen Trends
11:30am-12:00pm: Countertop Essentials
12:15-12:45pm: Bathroom Trends
1:00-1:45pm: Top Remodeling Mistakes

Appetizers will be served throughout the event. This event is complimentary; however, we will be accepting food donations for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Pre-registration is required as space limited.

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