The impact and challenges of Covid followed by months of quarantine and working from home have instinctively brought clarity to kitchen design and our desire to thrive in this coveted space in the home. Specifically, a place designed to connect, to simplify and shelter from a chaotic world, to promote healthy living and where multiple generations can live comfortably together, according to a recent survey conducted by NKBA (National Kitchen+Bath Association).
Connected Living Increased human interaction, ease of information access and a connection with nature are the driving forces behind incorporating open layouts with multifunctional activity zones that can accommodate everyday activities such as meal prep, entertaining, work from home and school.
Simplified Living Kitchen design that incorporates specific storage that minimizes clutter while making meal prep more efficient enhances our need to escape from a chaotic world while making the kitchen more of a retreat.
Healthy Living Kitchen spaces that inspire and promote healing for the body through a deeper connection to nature and therefore make decisions that focus on wellness.
Living In Place Kitchen design that works for multiple generations living under the same roof lends itself to an open concept as well as how these generations drive the design of task zones and kitchen appliances.
Key design trends that support these lifestyle changes make perfect sense in the application of new or updated kitchens and were specifically identified in this survey;
• Larger kitchen islands • Open floor plan • Increased number of charging outlets • Landing counters for groceries and food delivery • Larger sinks and refrigerators • Commercial finishes and fabrics for easy cleaning and durability • Recycling and composting stations
Hopefully your kitchen project, new construction or renovated will be a reflection of the current times and designed to meet the challenges of today’s emerging needs.
Happy planning and be sure to check out the ‘before’ images below!
Photo Credit(s): Jen Morley Burner, House Beautiful, Jean Allsopp, Better Homes & Garden