NO MORE CLUTTER
All those countertop appliances—the can opener, the coffee maker, the toast-
er, even the microwave—now have space-saving solutions, so that your workspace
can remain clean and uncluttered, and contribute to that sleek, minimalist look.
This also means better storage—like deep drawers with deep drawer orga-
nizers—that makes it easier to find things without breaking your back digging
through low cabinets.
All kinds of innovations are happening at the “cook” level, including touch-and-swipe controls on your
smartphone, induction cooking, and
steam ovens. Side-opening ovens
at counter height are also gaining,
because they’re easy to reach, especially for those becoming less agile.
COLOR AND STYLE
White is back for all appliances,
albeit high-tech and glossy. But for
anyone longing for the bright colors of
yesteryear, retro appliances are again
available in all those beachy colors of
the rainbow. Turquoise anyone?
Bluetooth tech has hit the kitchen,
and that means clocks and vents and
microwaves and ovens and lights can
all interface to make sure your kitchen is doing exactly what it’s supposed
Downsizing doesn’t just apply to
homes; microliving means smaller
stuff, and eighteen-inch dishwashers,
sixty-inch refrigerators, and two-burn-er cooktops are perfectly at home in
The more we learn about food, the
more we learn about how to store it,
and nowhere is that more evident than
in the new refrigerators, which have
special zones for everything from frozen boxed pizza to thawing meat. Sliding shelves means there’s no longer
anything that won’t fit, and adjustable
storage means refrigerators can hold
Some kitchens have forgone the single fridge completely, opting instead
for several refrigerators, located where
they’re most needed, e.g., a produce
fridge next to the prep island, a wine
or soda cooler for beverages. No word
on whether these new models can prevent unused items from migrating to
the back, destined to become unidentifiable.
Donna Hoke is the editor of Spree HOME.
Even as companies continue to
introduce the most newfangled, tech-happy products, restoration of older
homes is on the rise. This means that
the market has demanded that companies manufacture traditional elements that fit into existing footprints
that might be too cost prohibitive to
change. As a result, the “transitional”
kitchen—one that melds old and new
elements—is a thing. Which means, as
always when it comes to décor, anything goes if it works for you.