Technology and Trends
Kitchens have recently become smarter, faster, and more efficient than ever before. Morris Black Designs has explored the latest kitchen technology and trends this year. Technology has infiltrated the kitchen, benefitting homeowners in more ways than one. Smart phone apps allow users to control their appliances remotely, making it possible to preheat your oven from the grocery store. Some trends you’ll see throughout the year include more greys and energy efficient lighting options.
Tap into Technology
Today’s kitchen is the kitchen of the future. With top of the line technology readily available, smart kitchens are on the rise. Touch activated faucets are one of the latest fads on the market that save us when we have sticky fingers from baking. Sensor activated lights are used to illuminate the kitchen upon entering, lowering your electric bill. We now have access to thermometers that notify you via smartphone when your dinner is done. Automated appliances are here to make your home life easier.
For the trendy homeowner, gadgets are all the rage. For those who love to cook, but require a little assistance, smart kitchen gadgets have you covered. The Sous Vide precise cooker, vacuum seals your food in a bag and then allows you to cook it to the perfect temperature in hot water. Another helpful gadget is the Egg Minder smart egg tray. This device syncs via Wi-Fi so you can use your phone to check how many eggs you have left at home. This egg tray also lets you know how fresh your eggs are using LED lights, making trips to the grocery store that much easier.
Focus on Functionality
It is important for your kitchen to be as functional as it is beautiful. Microwave drawers are gaining popularity due to their advantages over the traditional microwave location. Installing a microwave drawer below counter height makes it more accessible to all members of the household. A perfect kitchen should be functional and energy efficient using technology and trends. By replacing traditional light bulbs with LED lights (Light Emitting Diodes), you can save money on electric bills. LEDs are 90% more efficient than traditional incandescent light bulbs and have a significantly longer life span.
Quartz is In
The demand for quartz is rising with new colors and affordable options readily available. Engineered stone (Quartz) is a durable, non-porous material that blends the look and feel of natural stone with superior performance. Quartz is a great choice requiring no maintenance and resistance to heat and spills. At Morris Black Designs, we offer Quartz from Silestone, Cambria, and Zodiaq giving homeowners endless options to choose from.
Smart Storage Solutions
You can never have enough storage space. Kitchen storage has been a long time issue for homeowners, especially those with compact kitchens. Custom cabinetry allows you to maximize storage space with built in drawer organizers, roll out shelving, and designated spice drawers. A clutter-free kitchen gives the illusion of a larger space.
Mixing materials is a fashion forward concept. Integrating wooden countertops with natural stone countertops is the perfect way to combine the warmth of wood with cool stone. Don’t be afraid to play with materials such as wood, glass, and tile to create contrasts in the kitchen.
By keeping the kitchen neutral, it allows you to add color and texture with accessories that can easily be swapped out over time. Grey, black, and white are still the most popular tones used in the kitchen. One trend that continues to gain momentum is the use of the color grey. The color is not a passing trend and according to HGTV, grey is the new white. Grey is a neutral color that can enhance and intensify any other color making it versatile and a perfect color choice.
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