I recently spoke with Shelly McClure, co-owner of Effeti USA, the US flagship for the Italian kitchen cabinetry brand about the best kitchen design trends in New York City. Ms. McClure has been designing kitchens for over 11 years and recently returned from the Eurocucina-International Kitchen Furniture Exhibition in Milan, Italy.
Shelly will tell you herself…
“The U.S. lags behind Europe by two to five years. Generally, the big trend here in the U.S. is still the open space concept. Meaning the kitchen is part of the living space. It’s open to visitors, the dining area and the living area. The chef wants to be part of the action. With that in mind the big trend is making the kitchen part of the architecture of the home, extending the look so the kitchen is more a part of the furniture. The appliances like the refrigerator and dishwasher can be hidden behind doors, and oven doors can retract back along the sides of the oven. You can even conceal countertops. You might see an island in the kitchen that conceals the dishwasher with just the sink and cook top visible. Since it is a gathering area, you might have a wine refrigerator installed in the island. Even the exhaust hood can be disguised to look like a chandelier.”
“‘Green’ and sustainability are still concerns. Clients want reclaimed and recycled materials used if possible. They want low VOCs and will even smell materials for odors. Generally the cheaper materials used, the more out-gassing of formaldehyde you might experience.
All kinds of finishes are used, but glass on doors or backsplashes are showing up with the back of the glass painted to match or contrast with room colors. Granite countertops are still in demand, but Carrara marble or caesarstone are coming on for great surfaces.
How about appliances and technology? Should you install the top brand names for resale value ?
“Regardless of your plans for resale, you should get the most you can afford. The cooking is just better. Top brands are German made Miele. And American made Sub- Zero and Wolf. They are not cheap. Some can cost as much as a new car. Stainless is still in, however in a monochromatic kitchen, there are some great colors now that can really pop a kitchen. It’s up to you and the designer to decide whether to have appliances blend in or not. Clients are so far not asking for technology like lighting and temperature controls. Much of that can come from iPads or smart phone apps.”
What will we see in kitchens in a few years?
“We will see a cleaner and less fussy appearance. The paneled doors that we see now in most kitchens will be replaced with flat panel doors. You will see unleaded glass doors with the back side painted in any color. You want to use unleaded glass so the colors coming through are true.”
Examples of this new modern kitchen design can be seen at the New York city showroom of Effeti USA, her website, or the Murdock Solon website (Kelly Solon, partner of Murdock Solon Architects, is also the co-owner of Effeti USA. Here are some other great examples of their finished projects.
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