The Latest Kitchen Trends Make Life Easier

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The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is the largest event of its kind in North America for kitchen and bath showrooms, designers, sales professionals, and manufacturers.  Featuring more than 600 exhibitors and attracting some 70,000 attendees, KBIS serves as the event for manufacturers to introduce new products and showcase trends that are likely to dominate kitchen, bath, and home renovation for the months and years to come.

Designing a dream kitchen or bath for homeowners in the Upper Valley requires balancing form with function. A recurring request among homeowners in the Upper Valley is to design spaces that make everyday tasks easier and more enjoyable to perform while making a space look and feel extraordinarily special. Many of the trends at KBIS are reflected in the desires of homeowners in the Upper Valley who want innovative designs that maximize functionality, ease of use, and efficiency.

Open floor plans remain a top trend in the Upper Valley.  Almost three in four homeowners love the idea of opening up their kitchens to other rooms in their homes.  Given the fact that many homeowners in the Upper Valley continue to work either full-time or part-time from their homes, open floor plans increase the functionality of the home, providing dedicated spaces for working, studying, entertaining, relaxing, and spending quality family time.

Demand for larger kitchens that feature either a walk-in or built in pantry, islands with seating and storage, and space for extra large appliances are frequently requested by homeowners in the Upper Valley. A recent national survey confirms this trend, finding that half of the homeowners want to increase their kitchen space to accommodate an extra-large refrigerator.  Signature Kitchens responded to this trend at KBIS by showcasing the industry’s first 48-inch French door refrigerator.

Appliance technology advancements were also front and center at KBIS.  Featured were counter-deep refrigerators that serve to maximize space without compromising performance. Refrigerators have gotten much more efficient, helping to preserve food for longer periods of time and several newer models feature mirror-coated glass panels that allow you to peer inside the fridge without opening the door.

Sustainability was another dominant trend at KBIS. responding to the ever-increasing demand for environmentally efficient spaces.  A recent Houzz survey found 92% of homeowners are using sustainable products and strategies in their new kitchens.  We specialize in helping homeowners in the Upper Valley create more environmentally sustainable kitchens by specifying energy-star rated appliances, LED lighting, water-sense certified plumbing fixtures, and sustainable materials used for flooring, countertops, backsplashes, and cabinetry.

What are the trends that will make your new kitchen easier and more enjoyable to use?  Give us a call at (603) 448-9700 or make an appointment to visit us at 105 Hanover Street, Lebanon, NH, and let us show you how to turn your dreams and desires into a dream kitchen that meshes the best of form and function.

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