So here, now, are six kitchen decor trends for 2014.
1. Touch screens
Smartphones, tablets and other touch-interface gadgets are everywhere. With this kind of technology playing a bigger role in our daily lives, it’s already started to influence the kitchen as well.
Electrolux has been at it for a few years with their “screenfridges” but come 2014, touch screens would be more prominent, rather than just in one section. The same goes for other glass-front appliances such as ovens and microwaves.
2. More of LED lighting
Considering the 80% energy efficiency and up to 100,000 hours of life expectation, LED lighting is set to become a bigger star in the kitchen.
Whether it’s to be positioned along the lines of countertops or inside the fridge for better visibility, we’re going to see more of it next year. In fact, the LED kitchen craze has already begun. We’re seeing it in light faucets as they are turned on or acting as dim light when the kitchen isn’t in use.
3. Tucked away appliances
Do all your appliances clutter up the countertop? Well, you can say goodbye to such bulky mess next year as more tucked away appliances are introduced.
Trash compactors and integrated refrigerators will become increasingly popular. More space and compartments will be built in order for you to keep those small appliances you won’t always need. This just means having a kitchen that’s far cleaner, slick and modern.
4. Porcelain integrated countertops
The last few years we’ve been seeing metal and wood countertops in the kitchen. Now, the spotlight is on porcelain because it’s scratch-resistant, can hold high heat temperatures and is stain resistant.
To take things up a notch, we’re probably going to see more of integrated porcelain countertops. This means you can say sayonara to rectangle cook tops and say hello to induction cooking installed right into the countertop!
TPB Barcelona is one of the trendsetters of this mind-blowing innovation and I’m pretty sure there’ll be more to come.
5. Unification of floors
Houses with free-flowing rooms have become more in demand. It’s now all about your guests watching you prepare brunch as they lounge in the living room.
With this comes the trend of unified floors. Kitchens will no longer feel like a working area but more of an extension, a portion of a larger environment at home.
You can forget about using wood in your dining room then shifting to tiles in your kitchen. Next year, you’ll be seeing more kitchens with wooden floors as well.
6. A man in the kitchen!
Okay this may not sound like a decor trend, but experts are saying men will be spending a lot more time in the kitchen than they ever did before.
So ladies, you can throw in the apron because the man of the house will be taking over the kitchen from now on!
There you have it, the kitchen decor trends for 2014 — slick, innovative and indeed promising.
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Kole Tesamon loves coming home to a cozy space after a long day of work. Apart from sharing tips for better living, she works as a freelance writer for post tensioning system, a company that helps build great structures at maximum strength and with minimum construction materials.