B&Q recently asked 2,000 of the nation’s homeowners to share details of their ultimate kitchen renovation and found that minimalist design and plenty of natural light were important, but not nearly as important as smart kitchen technology is. Even though the survey revealed that one in four homeowners haven’t renovated their kitchen in over a decade, many people had strong opinions, and desires, about what should go into a renovation in order to make it a modern kitchen of their dreams.
Luxuries to Make Cooking Easier
Of the people polled, most noted that freestanding islands, pull-out cabinets, a double sink, under-cabinet lighting and a view of the countryside while washing-up were the top must-haves. However, kitchen technology topped the list in many ways, with people noting smart dishwashers, smart washing machines, and other little luxuries that allow you to work more efficiently as being the most desirable. To accomplish this type of ease and efficiency in your kitchen, you can invest in small kitchen appliances that use smart technology to help speed your cooking process along. These types of technologies will not only allow you to remotely control any appliances via your smartphone, but they will often allow you to cook food in a much healthier way and even save time by programming something to cook, brew or fry at a certain time of day.
Increasing Efficiency with Smart Layouts
Two-thirds of respondents said that their current kitchen design made them feel “sad,” hinting at a strong desire to renovate and renew a current, possibly tired kitchen look. While most people seemed to understand that a kitchen remodel would require more than simply removing and adding a few items, there was a strong interest in appliances and features that could make the layout of a kitchen feel more open, inviting and easy to work around. To easily accomplish this without having to pay for an entire renovation, you can optimize the layout of your kitchen by organizing it so that there’s as little unnecessary movement as possible. This means moving the cutlery drawer to a place right above your drying station or putting the spatula and other cooking utensils right next to the stove.
Incorporating Popular Kitchen Design Trends
Due to the fact that trends continuously change, it is important to stick to your own personal tastes while peppering in some trendy pieces when creating the kitchen of your dreams. However, there are certain ways you can combine the two that will result in a stunning kitchen that is technologically-optimised. The biggest piece of advice is to incorporate classic yet modern styles that will be timeless yet adaptable. Try to optimise the space while also creating a simple, modern layout that you can add to and take away from as trends and technologies change. Pull out pantries, listed as one of the most desirable pieces in the study, can be added to optimize your space and add a modern touch while farmhouse style sinks are another great way to incorporate timeless look into the overall style of your kitchen.
The Future of British Kitchens
The study indicates that most people in the country are in need of a total kitchen makeover, with trends showing a particular interest in open kitchens and minimalist design. With kitchen technology and smart cooking appliances on the rise, this type of dream kitchen won’t be too difficult or expensive to accomplish.