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Outside of the cabinets, pendant lighting is becoming more
modern, with more options, and LED technology is improv-
ing with better color rendering and the ability to dim.
But cabinet manufacturers cannot rest on their laurels
as survey respondents said cabinets are the one area of the
kitchen they would most like to see more innovation. Some
19 percent cited cabinets as needing more innovation, and
18 percent said vent hoods needed improvement. Sinks and
countertops were at 16 and 13 percent, respectively.
Specific requests for cabinet innovation included wanting
more colors and finishes in prefab cabinets, as well as options
to finish cabinetry beyond just paint and stains. Designers
and specifiers want more transitional door styles and different materials for doors and drawer fronts. They also called for
more affordable modern designs and lower-cost cabinetry in
general, with greater flexibility and customization options.
Technology has really come of age in the kitchen, and designers are responding to that. Some 76 percent expect to see
more mobile device accommodations in the kitchen over the
next three years. A majority ( 58 percent) also expect to see
more voice-enabled home automation platforms in the coming years. The same number predict increased appearance
of safety technology that alerts homeowners of dangerous
situations through their cell phones. Technology that allows
for remote food prep was cited by 30 percent, and technology
to track food inventory was listed by 33 percent.
Transitional kitchens were the style specified most last
year, followed by traditional and contemporary. Looking
The NKBA study also lists Farmhouse as one of the rising trends in
kitchen design. Credit: Richard Lensis, designer.