With the larger kitchens available in luxury homes, buyers are demanding more features to enhance use of the space. Below are the trends interior designers are seeing in upscale homes. Start your Metro Denver Luxury Home Search today to find your dream kitchen.
Expansion of zones. Gone is the old kitchen triangle workspace. New kitchens encompass a greater variety of zones to reflect the increased importance of the kitchen as a social area. The food preparation zone will include the kitchen, countertop workspaces, and pantry. The casual dining zone can be an island with stool seating or a table in a bay window. The meal planning/homework zone usually involves a niche with a desk and computer hookup. The wet bar zone will have a sink, shelves for glassware, and cabinet storage. The advantage of zones is that they can be altered to a family’s requirements.
Second appliances or a scullery. Homeowners who do a great deal of entertaining often require a second oven or a second dishwasher. But the emerging trend is to just turn that into a scullery, or a small second kitchen tucked out of sight. It not only facilitates preparation and clean-up for large parties, but enables cooking aficionados to keep offbeat, beloved utensils at hand without cluttering up the main kitchen.
Soft industrial or café look. Kitchens with exposed brick and/or timber, vintage decorations, architectural ornamentation, bench and bistro seating, pendant lighting, and polished concrete finishes are popular for their warm, nostalgic feel. These features are often pulled together with light, bright Tuscan window treatments and coordinating seat cushions.
Professional kitchen amenities. Oversized sinks, butcher blocks, pot-filler faucets, and commercial wine racks are a few features seen in more luxury kitchens as home cooks demand the conveniences available to professional chefs.