Post Submitted by: Häfele America
Ever since we humans began cooking with fire, food and the place where we cook it—now the kitchen—have been a common gathering place. The midnight snack. The weekly family meal. That bowl of cereal before you rush off to work in the morning. All of this and more happens every day in kitchens across the country whether it be a single family home, multi-housing building or retirement home.
Since we all spend so much time there (yes, even those who don’t actually do any cooking), the kitchen—and the trends that guide and update it—are constantly evolving. Here are five of the latest:
LED Lighting Everywhere
LED lighting systems such as Häfele’s Loox line have truly changed the game when it comes to light in the kitchen. Before it was fixtures over tables, islands and sinks. And maybe one over the countertop. LED light, whether it’s in the form of flexible strips, flexible silicone or pucks, can go wherever you may need light including: over the counter, in cabinets, in drawers, above cabinets to add ambience and more. Switches for LED lights have similarly come a long way from the simple door operated switch. Loox offers motion detection switches, inline touch switches which turn on and dim with a tap or even capacitive switches which cleverly hide in casework and turn on, off or dim with the wave of a hand.
Drawers Instead of Doors
Base cabinet doors will soon be something you’ll only see in movies and dated television sitcoms. Most are being replaced by deep drawers which offer easy access to kitchen appliances, pots and pans, plates and that one gravy boat everyone seems to own. Ensuring that everything stays in its place in these drawers are organizational systems such as Häfele’s Fineline and Fineline Move which offer fully customizable pegboards, plate holders or bins with handles to give all if your beloved kitchen things a fancy home of their own.
Not Just for Cool Kids Anymore
Many of us care greatly for the earth and the environment. After all, it’s where all of our loved ones live and where we keep all our belongings. To that end, recycling has been integrated into kitchens with great fervor in the form of double bin base cabinet pullouts. Beyond the double bin option, some even go so far as to include built-in compost bins for those with a green thumb.
It Helps to Have an Outlet
Let’s be honest: we’re all a little power hungry—at least when it comes to managing the juice in our cell phones and other favorite devices. While once only considered for offices, pop-up charging stations with USB ports have been making their way into kitchen countertops and islands in a big way to meet the demand. Another option which further reduces clutter is Docking Drawer which allows you to dedicate a drawer for charging your items, leaving your countertops free for baking and kitchen prep work.
One Pantry to Rule Them All
Having all of your food, spices and other pantry staples in one easily accessible, centralized location just makes good sense. Stylish pantry pullouts that are able to give you multiple access points to your pasta, oregano and grandma’s treasured recipes are replacing closets which have been pressed into food storage duties and cabinets above the stove which have been replaced with beautifully ornate range hoods. Pantry pull outs are now slickly opening, soft- or self-closing feats of engineering that leave your guests jealous. And isn’t that what it’s all about?