May 26, 2014 10:00PM ● Published by Cate Reynolds
If there’s one place in our homes where dreams can turn into reality, it’s the kitchen. It’s often here, where culinary daredevils are born and home gourmands are confirmed, that wishes and remembrances for and of far-flung meals, toasts, and gatherings can be re-created. Lending to such experiences is the atmosphere (aesthetics, function, and ambiance) and 2014 is shaping up to be the year of the kitchen, with new design trends and stylish amenities seemingly unveiled daily. The clearing house for all things kitchen is the National Kitchen & Bath Association along with the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), which provide us with the following trends and products to inspire and, hopefully, make your kitchen dreams come true.
This medium-sized kitchen project shows off wow-factor and purpose. It was designed by Toronto-based designer Tim Scott for a family of four that loves to entertain. It also happens to have won Best Kitchen design at The National Kitchen & Bath Association’s 2014 Design Competition. It features two work zones, good storage options for point-of-use essentials, and other state-of-the-art features. The creative play of a chunky, back-beveled marble background, walnut cabinetry, wavy backsplash tiles and a lava stone floor, among other elements, bring a wow -actor to this space.
Kitchen and bath companies continue to develop stylish and functional accessories. For example, tape lighting is now offered in a wide range of options for creating beautiful, energy-efficient lighting effects.
Can something as simple as a faucet become a focal point of the kitchen? Many companies are betting, yes. Slick, angled designs continue to push the envelope of creativity. And new to the market this year are all-in-one taps that include a primary kitchen faucet with added functionality; the convenience of near-boiling water on demand from the same faucet that delivers both cool and hot tap water.
What’s hip, cool, and hidden in the kitchen? Underneath countertops and behind closed pantry doors, innovations in shelving and storage rule. The 2014 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas introduced the industry to a world of possibilities, including silent sliding cookware racks and designer sliding shelving.
For the sophisticated homeowner looking to upgrade the kitchen, today’s custom cabinetry purveyors offer a vast array of woods, patterns, veneers, stain finishes, and creative architectural concepts. Considerations include: the use of two or more stain finishes and/or veneers to achieve a dramatic look; attention to contours and framing to maximize architectural utility; and the mixing and matching of decorative accents and door styles.
Farmhouse Goes Green
The latest rage has been upscale farmhouse sinks, which seem to be at the center of many kitchen renovations today. Several companies are banking on this trend by coupling it with another; going green, as in using recycled materials. Used electrical wire and old piping, for example, has been transformed into gorgeous copper sinks. Even old concrete has been mixed anew.