Appliance Lifestyle Showcase 2000
Mike Badaracco of Kitchen Design Plus in Toledo, Ohio, said that 75 percent of his kitchens have desks and computers. "We're also designing kitchens with pantries so people can put cable and TVs there," he said. Moylan disagreed. "We get the computer out of the kitchen. It doesn't go in the kitchen at all." At the most, he recommends a TV with an Internet connection, all hidden behind pocket doors in a wall.
The commercial look in appliances, characterized by large use of stainless steel, continues to grow."The commercial look can be contemporary and traditional at the same time," said Kosakowski, adding that at least 50 percent of his designs use stainless steel. Badaracco agreed that the commercial look is still growing, as is bisque and some bolder colors "but that's more of a select buyer," he said. Kosakowski has seen some interest in a slightly retro look with slate blues and avocados."Cleaner, simpler lines," is what stands out in Peterson's mind.
But while kitchens have become centers for non-cooking activities, they have also branched out into other parts of the house. "There is growing interest in auxiliary kitchens," said Peterson. Auxiliary kitchens can be as simple as hospitality centers focused around a bar or family room with a sink, small fridge and dishwasher to breakfast kitchenettes located in a master bedroom. Such a kitchen may utilize a sink, a small fridge or drawer fridge, a small dishwasher and, of course, a microwave.