These 7 Emerging Trends Represent the Future of Kitchens and Bathrooms

Keep your home ahead of the curve by checking out appliances and technologies we predict will be filling homes in the near future.

The key themes? Personalization and responsiveness — two words often associated with the increasingly powerful millennial generation of consumers.

Keep your home ahead of the curve by checking out appliances and technologies we predict will be filling homes in the near future below.

Lighting as a Design Element

Mood lighting will extend well beyond a dimmer in the dining room to become colorful, sparkling, and ubiquitous in the home. Think colored lights that transform the shower into a disco and gas fireplaces glowing in unexpected hues. This trend — which started with light bulbs that come with an app to change their hue — has exploded across every room of the house, and innovative brands have added lighting where homeowners never dreamed, such as rimming the ceiling molding.

Kitchen Conveniences Throughout the Home

Kitchen appliance manufacturers have all started showcasing under-the-counter fridges, so cold beverages or snacks await homeowners in the bedroom, TV room, or anywhere else in the house where families sack out and can’t be bothered to work their way to the kitchen fridge, this seems to have taken a page from luxury hotels in offering ensuite conveniences, such as a a coffee maker in the bedroom or master bath.

Artisan Fireplaces

Bye bye, wood burning fireplace. The next iteration of fireplaces are gas and function as both a heating and design element. This might be a longer term shift because designers will, however, have to provide homeowners with a heads up that gas lines will need to be run in order to fuel them, and installation can be tricky.

Fantasy Kitchen Appliances

As kitchen brands take innovation to the next level, appliances have become more aspirational — fitting right in with the high-end residences of homeowners’ dreams. Viking Range is coming out with a new oven that will allow the home cook to prepare food faster than ever thought possible and GE put a lot of research on cooking temperature and pizza qualities into oven presets. Even standard kitchen equipment is becoming more specialised, with manufacturers creating professional-grade lines made to fit into home settings. Kitchen manufacturers have replaced traditional [handles] with thick stainless bars on ovens to fridges so they more closely resemble professional kitchens.

Indoor-Outdoor Lifestyle

A slew of new products designed to make the backyard as functional as any other room in the house are on their way to the market. Outdoor kitchens will practically be more sophisticated than their indoor counterparts. Built-in units now have options for everything — including grills that turn into smokers, nugget ice makers, butane burners, and beverage refrigerators. Beyond kitchen appliances, outdoor surface areas, are also getting an upgrade with options like never fade wood-like decks.

Hyper Organized Kitchens

The intense focus that was once on closet organisation has shifted to the kitchen, where drawers are being outfitted with all types of built-in holders, cutouts, and racks. Cupboards with the push of a button lower to give easy access to upper shelves — no more reaching, no more kitchen stepladders — and cup holders for coffee simply lower down as needed. Drawers have split levels, so when they open fully, the upper tray can be pushed back to reveal a whole new tray underneath.

High-End Toilets

Bathroom suppliers have zeroed in on the family toilet for a stunning array of high-end updates. Amongst the innovations, are heated seats, water-saving flushes, illuminated basins, and rinsing apparatus that make bidets look dated. These features, however, come with a big price tag.

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