Saturday, May 29, 2010
One of the top ten trends revealed from the 2010 NKBA Design Competition was reported to be the concept of the "concealed kitchen". As the preference towards the open kitchen floorplan increases in popularity, so does the homeowner's desire to blend the heart of the home seamlessly into the surrounding living areas. Think appliances that are fully integrated into surrounding cabinetry through the use of matching panels and cabinets that more closely resemble furniture. This refrigerator/freezer duo by Subzero sits flush with adjoining cabinets. Another homeowner chose to take advantage of dead space on the backside of her kitchen cabinets by adding almost invisible drawers. The need for handles is eliminated by the use of touch latches allowing the drawers to spring open with just a gentle push. Smooth transitions also make for greater harmony and a restful respite for hectic days outside the sanctuaries we call home sweet home. Stay tuned as I reveal more top ten design trends for 2010 in upcoming posts.