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NKBA released the results of its 2017 Design Trends Report revealing:

  • White and gray are still the go to colors for many members; and, 2-tone cabinetry is also trending.
  • Wood cabinetry still dominates kitchen and bathroom preferences, but metal kitchen cabinets could see a rise in popularity. Quartz still remains the choice for countertops.
  • Universal design is trending as more homeowners age in place, and many more households become multi-generational.
  • Linen closets or cabinets are still very popular as the storage is needed.
  • Ceramic tile is the popular choice for bathroom flooring; however, high-quality laminate flooring is gaining in popularity.
  • Over half of the survey respondents reported elimination of a bathtub during remodeling, but half also specified a freestanding tub.
  • Safety and comfort are taking foothold, especially considering the multi-generational living. Gaining ground are no-threshold showers, shower seats, and better lighting in showers.
  • Water saving technology is becoming more mainstream.

Houzz’s 2017 Kitchen Trends Survey reports 33% of Houzz users who updated their kitchens followed a healthier lifestyle post-renovation. The survey revealed 41% of their respondents are cooking more meals at home, and eating less take-out, thus fulfilling their diets with more nutritious ingredients. Generational preferences in styling was evident from Millennials to Baby Boomers to Gen Xers and kitchen pantry cabinets and islands remained mainstays. White cabinetry was the dominate, and gray was the preferred wall color choice. Stainless steel appliances were the majority preference.

Houzz research indicates that both Millennials and older remodelers began kitchen renovations with the thoughts of remaining in their homes long-term, and acknowledging following a healthier lifestyle and enjoying more face-time with family and friends.

NEW STUFF…FOR HOMES

In a rapidly changing industry, that is finally making efforts to keep up with things that could make our lives more comfortable, enjoyable, healthier, and even fun for living in our homes, here’s some items of interest.

HEALTHY PAINT

Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore, among others are developing interior paints that are actually healthy. Paint designed to kill bacteria in hospitals is finding ways into homes.

These microbicidal paints claim to kill 99.99% of harmful bacteria within two hours and have pathogen fighting properties lasting up to four years. Among the bacteria the paints reportedly kill is that which causes most staph infections (staphylococcus); the antibiotic-resistant bacteria causing skin infections and infecting surgical wounds, the bloodstream, lungs, and urinary tract; and effectiveness against bacteria from tainted foods (E. coli).

Benjamin Moore’s Natura has been certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America as “asthma and allergy friendly” and the line is virtually odorless.

COOKING WITH GAS…NOT SO MUCH

What the culinary professional world has known for years is now reaching the home- steam ovens and steam cooking. And, the newer technology being introduced includes combination steam-convection ovens. Extremely versatile, they have the ability to brown, roast, bake and warm leftovers, while still cooking by steam.

The health of steam? Retains nutrients. Because of the moisture, far less fat is required to maintain the juiciness of the foods. And, cooking time is greatly reduced. Wow! Win, win, win. We understand current offerings are available with Whirlpool, Sharp, Wolf, Thermador, and Bosch. 1

COOKING WITH MAGNETS?

Yep, called Induction Cooking, and this is phenomenal. We first saw this in my niece’s café, Alaina’s Bake Shoppe and Café in Palm Beach Gardens. Limited on space and not having the immediate ability to install expensive commercial fire/exhaust hoods, Alaina and hubby, Brent, used this cooking method for limited production. Amazing. No heat. No flame. Just quick reaction time. Anyway, the idea is catching on for homes now, too.

This technology has been widely used in Europe and Asia for many years, and just now gaining interest in America. While previously available only in portable cooking units, it now is offered in other appliance styles. This cooking does require special pots and pans that will react with the magnets to create instantaneous heat. Induction cooking is a far more energy efficient method of cookery, utilizing 90% of the energy for cooking as opposed to electric (65%) and gas (about 50%).2

[1] Professional Remodeler Magazine 05.2016; proremodeler.com

[2] Professional Remodeler Magazine 07.2016; proremodeler.com

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