If you ask the question: “What’s new in kitchen design for this year?” (whether it’s 2016 or any other year), you’ll get more answers than you can shake a tape measure at.
Just because something is new doesn’t make it good. On the other hand, there are a lot of new ideas that make a lot of sense. The point is that you don’t need to upgrade to something just because it’s new – but it’s a good idea to pay attention to new developments that actually improve your quality of life.
Here are a few new design developments that may actually make sense for your Naples kitchen—not because they’re new, but because they may make your kitchen a more enjoyable place to be.
Your kitchen faucets are a combination of form and function. Naturally, you want them to look nice and you want them to fit the style of kitchen you have in your Naples kitchen—whether you want to create a traditional, modern, transitional or country-style kitchen. But one trend that is emergingfocuses more on function. Hands-free faucets are increasingly popular. You might be tempted to think of them as a gimmick until you think about how many times you’ve had hands dripping with raw eggs or uncooked meat and needed to turn on the water. A quick touch turns your water on or off. And unlike “touch-free” faucets, hands-free faucets won’t turn on if you simply get too close.
Because today’s kitchens are so often visible from other rooms in the house, homeowners are looking for ways to keep them as uncluttered as possible. When choosing cabinetry, look for options that have pullout shelves (which makes it easier to access even large items at the back of a cabinet). And look for ways to take advantage of wasted space in small areas to build in spice racks, knife racks and other items.
New Kitchen Lighting
Growing numbers of new kitchens feature under-cabinet LED lighting. Because LEDs are so versatile, you can have task lighting focused on specific spots and ambient lighting for those times you entertain in your kitchen. Not only are LED lights extremely energy-efficient (they can operate for 50,000 hours on average—five times longer than CFL lights), but they are also cooler than conventional bulbs and produce a much more pleasing glow. The price of LED lights has come down as dramatically as their quality has increased.
Homeowners tend not to think about ease of access in the kitchen—until they need it. But the longer you can stay in your home (comfortably, conveniently and safely), the better! Modifications to conventional design now include features such as side-opening ovens placed at counter height.You may also want to consider a microwave drawer installed below counter height. In addition to being easier to reach, it can give your kitchen a clean, uncluttered look.
Those are just a few of the kitchen trends we’re seeing that seem to have staying power. We invite you to talk to our professional design team for more ideas or to check out some of the kitchens we’ve completed recently to glean ideas of your own.