It’s the hub of the home and where we typically spend the most time, so that’s why new kitchen trends and innovations draw the most interest. Anything that can make work easier, storage better and cooking faster will enhance your time in the kitchen. Besides, some of the latest technology is just plain cool. At the
Sleek cabinetry is still hot and this kitchen island from Bauformat includes the latest must-have: Undercounter LED lighting. While it’s a cool look, the addition of
Another great example of a clean, modern look is this kitchen island from
Cesar, the Italian company based near Venice, presented a cooktop that is rather new for the American market but is more known in the European market. It integrates the burners directly in the countertop, rather than via a cooktop insert. Of course, this cannot be done with
The minimalist kitchen design also includes a folding shelf that can be turned up to hide small items on the shelf, or be folded down for
Ranges and Cooktops
Some of the most attention-getting kitchen innovations are with appliances,
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Of course, there are those who will always prefer the power of gas burners, and Wolf offers plenty of options, such as this arrangement. The cooktops come with choices of two, four or five burners.
Ilve, well-known for its ranges that can be ordered in an amazing range of colors, has added new features and sizes. This 36-inch range has an induction cooktop and a larger oven cavity. Originally a smaller 30-inch model made for smaller spaces, this slightly larger version can be had in any custom color.
Bluestar kitchens highlighted their appliances in a collection of settings that feature styles from US regions. Here, their double ovens in red are paired with green cabinetry and matching custom doors for the refrigerator in a Pacific Northwest kitchen.
In a Southwestern color palette, Bluestar
SMEG is definitely known for its colorful appliances and retro style refrigerators, however, their ranges and cooktops are just as bright and innovative. A free-standing model in bright orange enamel is a great way to add a pop to the kitchen along with a highly functional and easy-to-use range. On the shelf behind are 50’s style small appliances that SMEG has introduced in the United States. The colors and retro style appeal to many home and apartment dwellers, whether they are serious cooks or weekend dabblers.
Small kitchens can also have the latest innovations, such as this compact design from
Smeg’s dishwashers come in sizes as small as 18 inches for the smallest kitchens, but all have a special system that ensures good water distribution
Bosch has been known for the quietest dishwashers, and now the company has added a third shelf. Called the MyWay Rack, it allows for more flexibility in the way the dishwasher is loaded. The third rack at the top is deep enough for cereal bowls and can accommodate large cooking utensils. It also has a silverware insert tray. The specially angled top shelf allows you to place stemware in the shelf underneath in a stable way that prevents the glasses from clanking together.
The latest dishwashers from
Innovations and new
Any avid cook knows that a pot-filling faucet can be one of the more functional faucet additions to a kitchen. This one by
Always on the look-out for
One of the most used essentials in the kitchen is the refrigerator, and new innovations allow for better food preservation as well as convenience and storage capacity.
French doors, such as these on Miele’s refrigerator, are very popular because they allow cooks to store larger platters and pans of food. Opening both doors also allows for a full view of what’s inside.
Thermador’s newest innovation is special tilting bins for delicate items. Adjustable installed in the door, these bins remove for easy cleaning. They are the perfect spot to store the herbs and items that can become lost or bruised in the bottom of produce bins. They can also be used to store the fruits and vegetables that family members should be choosing for healthier snacks.
Color is still a trend in kitchens, and as we have already mentioned, SMEG is know for their retro-syle brightly colored refrigerators. This sunny yellow option is a good one as the color is trending.
The rose gold trend is also hitting kitchen appliances like these stunning models from
The interior of all True refrigerators are made of stainless steel for durability, ease of care and good sanitation. Just like stainless steel is the material of
Wine coolers are becoming a kitchen staple and are also becoming larger and more specialized. True’s 30-inch wine column has intuitive dual-zone refrigeration for whites and reds, as well as fully extending racks and LED lighting. Plus, there’s room for 150 of your favorite vintages.
A far cry from the clunky hoods of years gone by, kitchen ventilation is changing, giving homeowners ore and more options. Depending on the size of your kitchen and specifics of your cooktop, there are many different options.
One style making its way from Europe to the Unites States is a fixture that integrates, light, high design and ventilation. This innovative hood from Best range hoods sports a colorful interior and glitzy exterior. This is perfect for a homeowner who wants a functional overhead hood with a an unexpected shape and size.
For those who prefer a sleeker kitchen style, retractable hoods offer full-function ventilation that disappears when not in use. Jenn-Air’s model has a real techno appearance thanks to the way the light reflects off the front panel. At the touch of a button, it retracts into the counter. It’s great paired with an electric or induction cooktop that already provides a minimalist look.
Miele also offers a retractable hood with a different look. The rectangular vent has a light at the top that helps illuminate the cooking surface while the hood is in use. The downdraft system can be set up to extract heat and cooking fumes or recirculate them, depending on the limitations of your kitchen design.
A different option is the angled flat hood that integrates task lighting and ventilation. These are perfect for kitchens in small spaces thanks to the mutlifunctional nature of the product.
Zephyr range hoods displayed a full line of new options for shapes designs and finishes. From full-size traditionally shaped hoods to integrated ventilation systems, there were may choices. These sleek hoods are a modern version of the traditional hood and sport a
Integrated ventilation can virtually disappear into your ceiling or soffit. The interior of the vent has lighting to help illuminate the cooking space. This is a wonderful choice for smaller spaces or kitchens where more prominent overhead ventilation would interfere with the kitchen’s style.
More standard style kitchen hoods also have innovations, such as the LED lighted model on the right. It provides the power to handle the gas stove model underneath and still has a modern look. The LED light comes in different colors that can be sustained or alternating, depending on personal preference.
At the very top of the line are custom hoods, like these from Rangecraft. All the company’s hoods are made to order. In 2016, Rangecraft started a partnership with
All sorts of kitchen tech can make appliances easier to use and more functional, creating a kitchen that is an an even happier part of the home. There are all sorts of options for increased functionality no matter what kitchen style you prefer. If you can dream it, you can probably find it.