Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Kitchen Remodeling Trends In 2010

  The International Home and Housewares Show was held in Chicago this week. The housewares industry, despite the recession all around it, is actually expecting to see additional profits this year as more consumers eat, entertain and generally spend more time at home in order to save money. AK has talked about this phenomenon in previous blogs regarding home owners' desire to make their home some place they really love to be, now that they're seeing more of it! You can read that blog about remodeling in the recession here!
   Tom Mirabile, vice president of global trend and design for Lifetime Brands, pointed out several home trends he's expecting for 2010. Below are five trends he predicts for the kitchen and beyond:
  • The live-in kitchen: Consumers spend three to four hours in the kitchen every day, not only cooking there but using it as a place to entertain, work, craft and spend leisure time, Mirabile said. The kitchen is being reinvented as a second living room, he said, as appliances are camouflaged and functional objects are hidden or minimized, allowing people to create ambiance in the room.
  • Living within our means: The recession is changing long-held opinions on how we spend our money. Consumers are looking for quality and durability in products -- a shift away from disposable consumption, he said. They're canning food more and growing their own herbs, they're brown bagging lunches and they're shopping in bulk at warehouse clubs or stocking up during grocery store sales to save money. AK has long designed kitchens around factors just like this! In fact, it's one of the first questions on AK's client information sheet: "Do you shop in bulk?" We need to know seemingly odd information like this because it can dictate how your unique kitchen will be designed and how we can help your family live within your means.
  • The green kitchen: Americans continue to make their lives more environmentally friendly, but they're increasingly confused and frustrated about what is really "green," Mirabile said. AK delved into this issue some time ago and tried to alleviate some consumer confusion about creating a green kitchen. You can read this published piece about how to create a green kitchen!
  • The wellness kitchen: Buying local food and/or growing your own often means it will be fresher and free from pesticides and preservatives -- in short, more nutritious, he said. Today's consumers are also interested in purifying their water and air. These are all important questions any good kitchen remodeling company would ask before renovating your kitchen, as simple accomodations can be made to handle additional produce and/or special filtration systems. The important part is to work with a company like AK that asks these questions before the work begins!
  • Cooking for fun: We're a nation of foodies, Mirabile said, quoting a Nielsen survey that found one in every five households has a "budding gourmet chef." It's not just women spending more time in the kitchen, either; "gastrosexuals" are men who consider cooking more of a hobby than a household chore, and use kitchen skills to impress friends and prospective partners. The popularity of the Food Network has helped to inspire a new love with food and cooking, and he expects consumers to continue to search for new recipes, techniques and cooking tools.
(Thanks to Amy Hoak and MarketWatch for content contributions)

8 comments:

  1. Great article and info! I agree with the trend expectations and it's certainly true that kitchens are essentially turning into a 2nd type of living room. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Huge kitchens with granite are the best. Having a cluttered kitchen is the worst, there can never be too much counter space, and if there is that just means you need to buy more appliances to fill it up! I think a great addition to kitchens is right above the island or in the center of the oven is having a hang for all of your pots and pans. Kitchen remodeling cost

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  3. Thanks for sharing the great helpful tips on kitchen remodeling. The kitchen should be connected with other areas, most importantly with dining and drawing rooms. A good kitchen should have wide windows to allow sunlight as well as air into the kitchen. You must choose energy saving appliances for your green kitchen.

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  4. Thanks for the way of prediction for the trend of Kitchen Remodeling especially for the wellness kitchen and green kitchen these two prediction we can follow fresh and green environment

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  5. Thanks, everyone, for the feedback! We always love to hear what our peers & customers have to say!

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  6. What a great post! Just one suggestion:If you add some pics, it would be easiler to follow!
    By Jordan Retro 4

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  7. Thanks for the suggestion, Jordan! You're absolutely right!

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