Today’s modern kitchens are
different from those of our childhood.
No longer is a kitchen an isolated, monochromatic workhorse. These days, open-concept floor plans focus on colorful kitchens as extended family rooms, entertaining and gathering spots, and aesthetically pleasing living room extensions.
Whether you’re renovating or building from the ground up, assessing your new kitchen’s usability and enjoyability are important considerations. You’ll also want to keep in mind future resale and what a potential buyer could love about your home.
Just ask Morris Wells, one of the owners of local appliance supplier Jarrell Company. Wells says it’s important to think about space, budget and needs-versus-wants when helping neighborhood homeowners select new kitchen appliances.
Wells says today’s hot kitchen trends include:
- Drawer microwaves that save counter/cabinet space and are reachable at anyone’s height
- Column refrigerators that can be separate from column freezers, allowing extra space for wish-list items, such as built-in coffee systems
- Open-faced hearth ovens that serve as pizza makers and conventional ovens
- Ovens with French doors that help conserve space in narrow or galley kitchens