Today I'm thrilled to have Stacy Curran of Conspicuous Style Interior Design and South Shore Decorating here to talk about some very interesting trend concepts for kitchen designs. From pods to products incorporating new technology, these kitchens are a far cry from the vintage inspired kitchens featuring painted white cabinetry, subway tile, carara marble and stainless steel appliances that are at the top of many kitchen wish lists at the moment. What will become hot trends and what will pass? What is your guess?
In recent years, kitchens have continued to be the most used and loved rooms in many people's homes. Homeowners still spend more on their kitchens than any other room, and for good reason. The innovations in kitchen design are never-ending. Even the concept of kitchens as rooms has changed. In the photo below, the kitchen is a wide open space, perhaps to accommodate the inevitable gathering of guests in the heart of the house.
But then, quite the opposite of the wide open spacious kitchen design shown above, is the concept of small, revolving, even pod-like kitchens for small spaces. First, there is the "Tree Pod" by Australian designer Balin Lee. It is a fully functional kitchen: the center part is the refrigerator, and the adjustable "branches" are pods holding coffee makers and other appliances.
Similarly, Sheer has developed the "Sphere Kitchen," also meant for small spaces that might not be able to accommodate a full size kitchen. The pod opens to reveal a fully functional kitchen.
The "Clever Kitchen" by Compact Concepts, achieves the same goal.
Another great innovation in kitchen design is the use of unique materials throughout the room. For example, this kitchen by designer Luis Caicedo utilizes frosted glass in the cabinets, which open upward, unlike traditional cabinets that open sideways.
In this next kitchen, the counter tops and even the cabinetry are solid Corian.
Another unique material in kitchen design is glass - not so much the use of it, but where it is used. Glass (mirrors and tiles) is often used in back splashes, but here, the manufacturer, Lechner, used glass for the counter top...
...and as a digital range top.
Here is another great idea, an easy to clean Acrylic Sink from Interior Choice Kitchens.
This next idea, to make modern even more modern and streamlined, is the Dune Kitchen Island by Pedini, which is a free form kitchen island with no handles. Instead, users open the cabinets by pulling them from the groove at the top of the doors.
Reclaimed wood kitchens (and living rooms, and dining rooms, and furniture in general) are increasing in popularity every day. This next kitchen is done beautifully by Greene Partners in reclaimed wood.
Interestingly, themed kitchens have also become popular recently. Traditionally, themes in general have been left for children's rooms. As these next two photos illustrate, though, designers have brought the trend to kitchens. The first is the "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" kitchen, based on the novel by Jules Verne, created by Kevin Manus and Kitchens.com.
And this one, by XTC Design, is an ocean themed kitchen.
Lighting, always a key element of any room, has also evolved in kitchens. Here, Mal Corboy incorporated under island strip lighting.
This next kitchen was designed by Hilsabeck Design Associates. Here, the designer used lighting under the island counter top to add a warm glow to the entire room.
Finally, appliances have evolved along with the rest of the kitchen. My favorite is the ultra sleek Whirlpool Nova Side by Side Refrigerator.
I hope that you enjoyed this post, and that you'll visit my blog, Conspicuous Style. Thank you so much House of Fifty for the wonderful opportunity to guest post.