The traditional kitchen hasn’t just evolved — it has also moved into the living area and in many cases merged with it. Fisher & Paykel summarise kitchen design trends for 2019.
Kitchens as an extension of the living area. In the past, kitchens were usually located at the back of the house and designed as a separate space to be used by one person. Over time the space has gradually moved forward into the spotlight to become the heart of the home. As well as this literal shift, kitchens have also shifted in function — no longer just a place where food is prepared but also where it is shared. It has become a meeting place for the family: a place to work, entertain and socialise. Kitchen design has a strong emphasis on integration, detailing and customization, which is particularly relevant as kitchens increasingly become the central focus of modern living. From compact apartments to spacious family homes, kitchen renovation is seeing the line between the kitchen, dining and lounge areas blur.
Seamless appliance integration. The practice of integrating appliances has been a major movement in the kitchen design world for several years and has become increasingly popular in Australian home renovation. Selected Fisher & Paykel refrigerators, CoolDrawer™ Multi-temperature Drawers, DishDrawer™ Dishwashers, and rangehoods can be installed with custom panels matched to your kitchen cabinetry, which gives the kitchen a seamless appearance. This facilitates kitchen design freedom where we choose what to hide; and what to show or use as a feature product. In smaller spaces or those with an open living plan, integration of kitchen appliances can provide the opportunity to have more or larger appliances without overwhelming the kitchen or living area. Kitchen cabinets, benchtop and splashback can be designed to help the kitchen feel like part of a cohesive, larger space.
Distributed kitchen designs. In traditional kitchens, a single cook worked between the three stations of the stove, sink and refrigerator, which were arranged closely to give quick, easy access to each. But these days, more than one cook might be working simultaneously; or the kitchen doubles as a space for entertaining guests. You might want to heat up leftovers for dinner one day; or cook a gastronomic feast the next; so kitchens need to be flexible and do many things well. In contrast to the purely functional, out-of-sight cooking areas of old, today’s kitchen is on show to guests and family alike, so design aesthetics matter more. Thinking “outside the triangle” has given kitchen appliance designers opportunities to innovate. For example, you can install a CoolDrawer™ Multi-temperature Drawer for drinks near the dining table; perhaps a DishDrawer™ Dishwasher for crockery by the sink; with another for glasses by the bar. “Distributed appliances” allows you to configure the kitchen to suit the way you work and live.
Intuitive technology. Intuitive technology in kitchen appliances promises to make your life easier. An example of this is Fisher & Paykel’s Integrated Columns Refrigeration series featuring Variable Temperature Zone technology that provides you with a new level of storage flexibility. The latest series features a range of modular fridge [610mm and 762mm] and freezer [457mm, 610mm, 762mm] elements that can be installed side by side or independently throughout the kitchen. You can personalise the temperature settings in the fridge Column between Fridge, Chill, and Pantry food modes; or Freezer, Soft-Freeze and Deep-Freeze options in the freezer Column.
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