Top Five Kitchen Trends
Stay up to date on the latest and greatest products for today's kitchens
Keeping up with the Joneses (and their very cool kitchen) is a matter of staying in the know about current design. Last month's Kitchen and Bath Industry show, where over 1,000 companies exhibited new products, gave us insight into the latest trends. This year's kitchen features products that are: earth-friendly; high-tech; colorful; designed for fresh, healthy food preparation; and all about convenience-meets-multifunctionality. Here's a peek at products that embody these top five trends in kitchens...
Green is in all over the house—perhaps most of all in the kitchen. Renewable and recycled, environmentally safe, and energy-efficient products abound.
Teragren's formaldehyde-free, food-safe bamboo parquet butcher block, available in natural or caramelized colors, is perfect for kitchen counters and tabletops. Also shown is the company's Studio wide-plank floating floor, which is available in vertical or flat grain; it features TeraLoc, a self-locking system that requires no adhesive. Made with environmentally safe materials from rapidly renewable Optimum 5.5™ Moso bamboo, Teragren products are as green as they are stylish.
Featured on Bosch's Nexxt 500 plus and 800 series washers, the ECOOPTION program optimizes heating cycles for greater efficiency. Nexxt Dryers also conserve energy with an Eco-Sensor feature, which minimizes drying time by adjusting the temperature based on the moisture level in the drum. Other handy features include special settings for cleaning jeans and comforters. Approx. retail price is between $600 and $800; Bosch
The EQcountertop from VT Industries uses a low-emitting particleboard core, water-based adhesives, and Greenguard indoor air quality-certified laminates (from laminate manufacturing partners) to offer a green, healthy surfacing option. Shown is VT's Nova profile with Wilsonart's mesa gold laminate.
The kitchen of the future is here now, chock full of techie elements that meld functionality with fun.
Follow along with Emeril on Siemens' multimedia ventilation hood. The unit features a 17-inch LCD screen with the options for watching television and DVDs or listening to music. It is designed for use with electric or induction cooktops, and features a 600 cfm fan and halogen surface lights.
Ever dreamed of having high-definition television right in your own fridge? Okay maybe not, but you can skip the dream anyway and get right to the reality shows with LG Electronics HDTV refrigerator. The side-by-side model incorporates LG's fifth-generation digital television tuner to deliver digital broadcast to a 15-inch screen. Other features include remote-control operation, cable and DVD connection, and FM radio. The left side of the door has a 4-inch weather-center LCD display above the ice and water dispenser. Approx. $3,999LG Electronics'
If you think cleaning your gas stovetop is a drag, you will love Fisher & Paykel's Project Luna stovetop. A frameless piece of 36-by-16-inch black glass supports three individual glass burners that, when not in use, retract flush into the surface. A button prompts them into place for cooking. The Aero burners offer a sparkless ignition and an instantaneous flame, ideal for precision cooking. Due out in the U.S. market next year. Fisher & Paykel
Stainless steel might never go out of style, but it's sure losing some steam against this year's bright appliance hues.
Dishwasher with Personality
As part of its Preference collection, Dacor recently introduced 24-inch dishwashers in an array of colors. A floating glass front panel is available in six colors: anthracite gray, sterling gray, titanium silver, blue water, slate green (shown), and black.
Set apart a kitchen bar area with Perlick's amethyst (shown) and copper color-infused stainless steel models. The undercounter refrigeration includes a variety of options, from wine storage to beer dispensing to ice making.
Add some spice to your kitchen design with a BlueStar gas range, available in 190 colors. Shown is the 48-inch residential Nova burner (RNB) featuring 22,000 BTUs of cooking power, simmer settings, and an infrared broiler.
Companies are catering to nutrition-conscious consumers with products that help keep cooking healthy.
The GE Profile side-by-side refrigerator with ClimateKeeper2 technology keeps foods fresh longer. Two cooling systems, one for the freezer and one for the fresh food compartment, provide advanced humidity control to protect food, limit defrosting, and keep food odors from transferring to the freezer. FrostGuard technology defrosts the freezer only when necessary, reducing the risk of freezer burn. The fridge includes a CustomCool drawer with ExpressThaw, which thaws meats in hours, and ExpressChill, which cools drinks in minutes. The SelectTemp feature in the drawer allows for custom set temperatures. Other features include fast-filling technology in the water dispenser, QuickFreeze in the freezer, and customizable LCD controls.
Enjoy the freshness of filtered water at your own sink with Kohler's Carafe kitchen, which integrates a water filtration system. A single-lever operation and 360-degree swivel spout keep it all together in one stylish fixture.
Copper's natural antibacterial properties make Native Trail's offerings especially alluring. The Farmhouse Duet recycled copper sink with a double basin and exposed apron front is available in an antique copper finish (shown) or a new brushed nickel finish.
This year's products pack it in for multitasking, time-challenged consumers.
A sink is no longer just a sink with Franke's new Active Kitchen collection. The Mythos sink system (shown) offers an array of accessories including a flexible, tempered satin glass preparation board, a colander, and drain tray. It is available with Franke's rail system for handle mounted components, a pull-out sprayhead faucet, and a matching Mythos vent hood.
Overhauling your kitchen can weigh heavy on the wallet, so satisfy your craving for change with Broan's new ready-to-hang decorative backsplashes. These tumbled-marble, pre-assembled fields of tile hang with all the permanence of a picture frame. It's available in four designs, each in a brushed aluminum frame.
If you despise ironing, the latest product from Fagor is for you. It might look like a refrigerator, but Driiron is actually a dryer that uses an advanced condensation system to extract humidity from laundry items, producing wrinkle-free garments. Also included is a drawer for smaller articles of clothing that don't require pressing.