As soon as technology changed its status from ‘exclusive’ to ‘all-available’, people went nuts with their demands about the latest technological trends for their households.
With the rapid revolution over the kitchen interior design, this area has become the number-one room for people who like to show off with their innovations.
Kitchen appliances, for instance, are lifetime investments for homeowners, and that is not going to change anytime soon; not to mention that nowadays, everything counts – from seamless aesthetic details that embrace your kitchen cabinet, to brand-new cooking equipment that may let your guests experience another level of culinary heaven.
Now – if you will follow me, please – I’m going to take you for a little trip around a decent number of innovations to brag about in your kitchen.
First things first – keep it classy
If there is something you can’t even mess with while designing your kitchen, it’s their appliances. Imagine you own a car; It’s gorgeous on the outside, but its interior design cries for a serious makeover. The upholstering is anything but similar to your tinting, and it misses some quality sound system. How would you feel? A little awkward? Not sure of your aesthetic instinct? Don’t commit the same crime with your kitchen.
Integrate the appliances with your interior design. Should you choose white tiles and walls to fit your interior, pick a white refrigerator or an oven of the same color. It will allow you to match well-made design with trusted manufacturing.
Lighting is about more than functionality
There are always two sides of a river, and we are discoverers. Given this, it’s a shame that kitchen lighting has always been shown from its utility perspective. The modern kitchen leaves you with numerous opportunities of embracing lighting there, whether it’s an ornate chandelier or a minimal set of pendants lamps. Only by using well-positioned lighting can you adapt your kitchen from being a cooking lab, or a prelude to a romantic date with your beloved one at home.
Breathe life into space
We are now far away from keeping our kitchens simply utilitarian. Although the first connotation that comes to our heads when we think of a kitchen is food, there is one factor that is of same importance – coziness.
Provided that a kitchen creates a welcoming impression, there are more family meetings there, and such a statement that “every good party ends up in a kitchen” is not out of the blue.
Add some fruits and veggies on your countertop. Find the right corner in your kitchen to decorate it with herbs kept in plant pots. If you’re a passionate cook, keep a wooden stand for your cooking recipes in a visible place. Remember about the kitchen triangle, and keeping your workspace clean, since the countertops designs are getting hotter and hotter every year.
You may also consider keeping your locker handles similar to the general design of space.
Take your living style to the kitchen
The way you eat is the way you live, and you can tell it by interviewing people on their lifestyles and then by looking at their kitchens. For example, if one is a family-man, and the head of busy one, one may take the advantage of a fridge with multi-layered drawers. Should you be an owner of the more entertaining house, you will also choose this option since you need additional refrigeration space for easy accessibility. Then again, busy people will have some sleek appliances that heat up quickly to cook their quick food on their induction stove cooktop.
Whichever the type of a person you represent, always fit the appliances to your needs; you’ll be seen as an honest person and a pragmatic one. These are the two top qualities of the contemporary world, one of which – of course, honesty – we lack so much.
Keep your countertops clutter-free for good
As mentioned above in one example, busy people tend to adjust their style of life to their kitchen looks. As busy as you may be, never leave your countertops cluttered. You see, they are actually beautiful, when you can see them.
If you keep your countertops “busy”, then you waste your time and utilizing space for what it is intended for. Wouldn’t you enjoy cooking better on a clean counter with no pens, papers and stuff that is out of order for a long period of time?
If you actually don’t like your countertops, you won’t miss them after you decide on buying new ones. If you’re on a small budget, consider replacing broken tiles, or disguise it with a new shell.
Let’s not go that crazy, though. Clean does not necessarily mean empty. Thinking of any ideas to decorate your fresh, clean counter? What about that antique heirloom from your family or a beautiful vase of flowers?
Go for horizontal lines
It may have happened to you on a subconscious level but you probably did not notice this at first: many modern kitchens share the same feature – horizontal, long, wide lines. Their drawer cabinets are aligned in a row, kitchen appliances and hardware are horizontal to emphasize the lines of the drawers. Take a look at this kitchen; The horizontal theme is underlined by the floating panel.
It’s (not) just another brick in a wall
There’s some hidden beauty in the unadorned elements of industrial details that have become modern nowadays, say, a brick. It’s one of the few elements that have the possibility of becoming focal points. Usually, kitchen walls are painted in neutral colors, or they’re just covered with tiles. Add some dirt to your kitchen – some classy dirt, I mean. Bricks already stand out as an element of decor, so one would say that they do not require any visual improvements. Well, guess what? One would be wrong.
Your brick-wall may impress on a different level. Just think about a brightly-colored backsplash with its bold color. When you add a set of minimal, pendant lights, they will literally shed a new light on your kitchen, especially if the brick-wall embraces your cooking space.
Get Yourself a couple of must-haves
Speaking of technology, engineers and designers outdo one another on coming up with gadgets that are supposed to enhance the quality of the kitchen-time. As it is in nature, not every piece of technological advance will survive; nevertheless, there are a couple of must-haves that you ought to apply to your dream kitchen:
- Warming drawer. Because of their relatively small size, they heat up quickly and come in handy for keeping food warm as long as you need it to when your dinner guests start to gather. Moreover, you’ll e able to warm up your plates in a restaurant style, without the dangerous side effects that using a microwave oven involves.
- Steam oven. There’s no better feeling than the mellowness of meat when we take a bite. The steam oven provides you with this opportunity, since, as you probably surmise from the name, it is an oven that uses steam heat to cook food. It’s way healthier than using a traditional oven; however, it will not brown food. Still, one of the most catchy appliances to add to your kitchen.
- Induction cooktop. I actually don’t even remember how many times I burned myself with a traditional electric or gas cooktop. Induction cooktops will never make you suffer. For this reason, they are popular in households with small children, since there is no surface heat to transfer into the air; An induction cooktop transfers heat to pots and pans by a magnetic field, so the surface never gets hot to the touch.
- Two sinks. Such a solution requires greater space but you’ll be crazy in love with the outcome. It’s handy when you have a large family. On the other hand, if you cook for entertaining people, two sinks will give new meaning to a utility.
- Pasta machine. Whether you make dumplings or you’re a fan of home-made pasta, this machine will serve you well. Say goodbye to a dough that is too thick, because your silicone couldn’t stand up to the task. Adjust the machine to your countertop, select the level of thickness, and serve your guest some exceptional Italian ravioli.
- Hot-and-cold-water dispensers. Thanks to them, you no longer have to wait for the water to boil in a kettle. It’s perfect for people who drink lots of tea or hot chocolate. Hot water dispensers will also save you time for boiling water in a pot; although, if you prefer a cold water dispenser, I would recommend adding a reverse-osmosis filtration system. It uses pressure to push water through a semipermeable membrane, removing impurities and contaminants. If your sink is already small, you may consider buying a refrigerator with built-in dispensers.
- Built-in speakers. As a music lover and a passionate cook, I love doing both things at the same time, and I can only imagine how it is to cook in silence. Those two things are definitely birds of a feather. Should you consider wiring your kitchen for sound, add some decent ceiling speakers and tie it into an existing house system during remodeling.
What exactly is the New Generation Kitchen?
One may wonder why this question wasn’t asked at the very beginning of the article. Well, it is pretty simple – the New Generation Kitchen is full of contrasts. It’s clean but not empty; it’s modern but still classy; it’s functional, yet it has a great soul. No longer will you find old pots and pans there – they were outnumbered by advanced hardware and eye-friendly equipment. You won’t seek silence in your kitchen since you’ll be sweeping the floor while cooking your specialties.