Kitchen Design Trends

A Casas del Oso Kitchen with a 48”Wolf Professional Range, 2 islands, warming drawer hiding behind cabinet next to the refrigerator. Note the adobe crown mold.

Is stainless steel finally over?  Apparently not yet despite the appliance manufacturers hoping to introduce new trends; so far they haven’t taken.  Stainless steel appliances have been in use since the 1980’s; they have had a long ride.  Manufacturers have pitched “oiled bronze, antique copper and a gray hue called meteorite to unseat stainless.  So far stainless is still dominant.  This year Whirlpool introduced Ice (white), GE introduced Slate (matte stainless) and Wolf introduced larger glass areas.  Viking continues to offer color alternatives.  This year they have 23 including Cinnamon, Wasabi & Dijon.

The trend in appliances has been to make them look & act like smart phones.  The other notable new appliance is the French Door Refrigerator.  It’s not totally new; however it is becoming more popular.  All of the appliance manufacturers make one.  The freezer is located in the bottom and is slightly smaller than a side by side freezer.  Typically it is a pullout drawer with bins & baskets.  The top has narrow doors like a side by side while still allowing full use of the refrigerator for storing large items like pizza boxes.  You have the option of opening one door or both doors.

Scottsdale Homes

French door built-in refrigerator from Subzero

According to Pantone the global authority on color and provider of professional standards to the design industry forecast nine color palettes for 2012; Nonchalance, Subtleties, Resilience, Indigo Effects,  Transcending Time, Back to the Fuchsia, Reflections, Nouveau Neon, and the Comics.

Many of our clients enjoy cooking and we routinely design kitchens to allow 2 people to cook at the same time.  We frequently design kitchens with zones; doubling up on refrigerators, ovens, burners and sinks.  Kitchens are often the center of activity whether you are relaxing or entertaining.  Most Casas el Oso kitchens are open to the great room or a morning room.  The cabinets are traditional styles in warm tones.  At the end of the day if you are a person who likes to cook you want a kitchen that “works” and feels good to be in; pretty simple.

New Homes

GE’s new Slate appliances are reported to be “warmer” than traditional stainless.

Whirlpool’s latest Ice package sleeker & more professional looking.