By: Shylo Anne Preston, Kitchen & Bath Designer
The dishes are done, platters are put up, and there are enough holiday leftovers in the freezer to feed a small village for a week. You’ve survived another holiday season. More specifically your dated kitchen has survived one more Holiday Season… but just barely. You are resolved that it is time; that 2015 will bring an updated and more functional kitchen for you and your family. What are some of the exciting updates that you might consider?
Key kitchen design concepts in 2015 are zones and point-of-use. More than ever before manufacturers are thinking about how we use our spaces and are responding in kind. Rather than one cooktop, look for modular units allowing you to incorporate both gas and electric.
Rather than one monster refrigerator, look for smaller units placed where you need them. You may appreciate the versatility of additional options like convection steam ovens, speed ovens, in-counter steamers and teppanyakis (an iron grill for cooking).
Even plumbing is getting in on the action with exciting new options like touchless faucets and hard-as-nails stone composite sinks. Probably most exciting is The Galley Workstation. Whether you don’t know how to boil water, or you’re a serious chef, The Galley is changing how we work in the kitchen.
For the natural stone purist, who might be tired of granite, check out some of the beautiful new quartzite coming out of Brazil. They are durable like granite, and they have the movement and color of exotic marbles.
Websites such as Houzz and Pinterest are a good source of ideas for quality factory. Look for solid maple, dovetailed drawers on full-extension, soft-close drawer glides, soft-close cabinet hinges, and fully adjustable shelves. For easy cleaning, insist on a baked on catalytic conversion varnish finish.