Interpreting Kitchen Trends

The challenge with new kitchen trends for custom builders in the southwest is that the trends aren’t something new for us or they are not applicable for our clients & architecture.  The Top 8 Kitchen Trends from the International Builder’s Show last month aren’t particularly innovative for us; outside kitchen spaces, butler pantries for food prep and staging, lighting in layers, and built-in small appliances.  We have incorporated these into out kitchens for years.  The rest of the trends; cutting back on cabinets & designing more efficient space, sleek appliances – with large window spaces & banquettes may present a challenge in incorporating into rustic architectural design. Actually to some degree we use all of these.  The only new idea is banquette seating which does offer the opportunity to use niches, corners, windows or awkward paces for seating.

The general trend here is the kitchen as the nerve center of the home.  The kitchen island reigns supreme.  Think of the kitchen and great room as one space.  If you follow kitchen trends none of this is particularly new; it does serve as a reminder of good design.

A kitchen that won the Best in America’s Living Award for the Best Room in America is the kitchen at the Chancellor’s House at North CarolinaState.  This kitchen is in the new 8000 square foot home built for the Chancellor.  The home was specifically designed to entertain large numbers of students, faculty & donors while also providing a cozy space for the Chancellor’s family.  The architectural style of the home is “old Southern” with gable roofs, a center hall & hearth, majestic staircase in the foyer, and the kitchen as the heart of the home.  Many of the building materials were sourced in state; stone & framing lumber came from North Carolina.

The Chancellor’s kitchen is appealing with it’s off white ceilings, glass front cabinets, stainless steel appliances, oak floors & black granite tops.  Elements from this kitchen could be incorporated into any kitchen.  Whether it’s 200 or 2 this kitchen can comfortably accommodate them in style.

1.  Very inviting kitchen with layers of light: under cabinet task lighting, LED spots on cables in line from the beams, large glass globe pendants over the island, and ambient lighting from the cabinets lit from within.

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2.  Another view of the kitchen showcasing the natural light – this kitchen has natural light on all four sides.  It also functions as a catering kitchen with professional range, wine chiller, and warming drawers.

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3.  Looking into the kitchen from the smaller dining area; note glass cabinets can be accessed from either side.

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4.  The exterior looking into the kitchen.

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