The National Kitchen and Bath Association recently released the results from their survey of industry professionals. This report shows that many homeowners want kitchens to be multi-functional to meet their at-home work, education, and entertaining needs. This means kitchens that are larger, more colorful, and smarter than ever before.
As remodeling contractors in MA, we have to say that our observations are in line with what the experts are reporting. Whether homeowners are remodeling the kitchen or having a new kitchen addition built, the trend is definitely toward larger, more open spaces. Additionally, there’s a lot of enthusiasm for pantries and other storage solutions that exist outside the traditional boundaries of the kitchen.
Now about the more colorful kitchen. The NKBA reports that the traditional wisdom has always been toward white and neutral kitchens, as these are easier to sell than some more personal choices, such as flamingo pink or sunshine yellow. However, changes in the market, coupled with the fact that many of us are spending a lot more time at home, have led to that conventional wisdom to be tossed the wayside. Color has such a strong impact on how you feel that it’s important to choose colors that make you happy. If you’re worried that your passion for purple might tank the resale value of your home, choose neutrals for the major, hard to replace elements of kitchen design – i.e. cabinetry and tile – and choose intensely colored paints, fabrics and other finishes.
Smart appliances may not look very different than your traditional refrigerator, stove, and dishwasher. However, these technologically advanced appliances can result in power and water savings that are good for the environment and your budget. Environmentally aware and sustainable design elements continue to be an emerging trend for MA kitchen remodels. This includes sourcing sustainable building materials and choosing products from vendors with great environmental records.