by Jenni Barnett
on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 at 8:42am.
Home is where the heart is. But if we’re being honest, the kitchen is really where the heart is. The kitchen is where the family gathers, guests linger and delicious meals are created and enjoyed. Over the years kitchens have gone from a place hidden in the back of the house to a centerpiece of both function and style. While style is always a matter of personal preference, we’ve rounded up a few of the latest kitchen appliance trends for you to check out…juuuust in case there’s a little remodeling in your future. (Or of course, just want to stay up on the latest trends).
Dear Pastels, Americans are not done with you. Thanks to companies like “Big Chill” and “Smeg” you can get the best retro styles of the past … new again! Gone are the days of having to hunt down the perfect half-working fridge from the actual mid-century, and in are the days of ordering your perfect, custom pastel green appliances with all the perks of retro looks and modern technology.
Matte Black Appliances
Black stainless steel with a matte finish completely stole this year’s design shows in terms of finish. As homeowners and designers are leaning away from stainless steel they are bringing in warmer blacks that work as more of a neutral in the overall design of a kitchen. If in the decade of all-white kitchens this is a little nerve-wracking, start with a small appliance or two to test it out. If If you ever needed an excuse for the latest model of a KitchenAid, this is it.
Whether used for major appliances or just as an accent appliance, one of the oldest mined materials, copper, is in. Traditionally this more “behind the scenes” metal found in pipes is now taking center stage on appliances. Copper’s warm glow creates a versatile palette to work with both light and dark colored kitchens. The antibacterial properties of copper are, of course, a nice perk, as well.
Drink Storage Technology
Reaching to the back of the fridge and sorting through drink choices is slowly creeping out of American kitchens. Now, cold drink storage is intuitive as reaching for your favorite beverage. With door-in-door designs, refrigerators have one side of the refrigerator as a glass panel that lights up drinks with just a tap. These drinks can then be accessed by opening up their own door instead of accessing the entire fridge. Families are also using cooling drawers now to separate out items that would normally be grouped together. Want the kids’ juice and yogurt in a drawer near the pantry that they can easily reach? Totally an option! Like your wine near the liquor cabinet with a seamless wine cooler? Also a favorite option.
While the “Internet of Things” and smart technology is slowly creeping into appliances, there are certainly some leaps and bounds that have been made. Appliances are now integrating remote control access from wireless devices, including Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home and Nest where users can simply speak their commands for certain appliances. These options range from starting your coffee maker to having our laundry machine order new pods on Amazon when needed. There is, however, an internet-wide opinion that these “smart” options are not necessarily obvious. Be sure to do a quick Google on your appliances to make sure you aren’t missing out on any major “smart” functionality.
Photos from LG, KitchenAid, Samsung, and Bluestar appliances.