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Material
Matters
Kitchen
& Bath
A Layout That Works
(And Looks Great
While Doing So)
The past 18 months were a time when we stocked up on
groceries for fear of shortages, bought the latest appliances
(did anyone not buy an air fryer last year?), and made mental
note of the aspects of our kitchens that were awkward or badly
designed. And for those who are planning kitchen renovations
now, those lessons learned are coming into sharp focus.
" I'm seeing two extremes: either no wall cabinets at all or wall
cabinets up to 12 feet high, " says Jennifer Fordham Blanco,
kitchen design director for Cantoni.
Indeed, in terms of countertops, backsplashes, and walls, layout
and design trends are still gravitating toward clean-looking
(not to mention easy-to-clean) tile or cladding up the walls in lieu
of upper cabinets. All the dishes, ingredients, and appliances that
once were housed in upper cabinets are now being relocated to
lower cabinets, attractive open shelving, or a pantry or cabinet
walls in another part of the kitchen.
A Ruvati workstation sink can do
far more than wash dishes. Design
by Honeycomb Home Design.
(Image: Courtesy of Emily Elise
Photography)
Blanco says organization has never been more important, particularly as
homeowners come off a time when they had to store extra ingredients and
supplies during the pandemic. Whether it's a pull-out spice rack camouflaged
behind a decorative pilaster or a specially sized drawer for cutting boards
or baking sheets, innovative uses of space are always welcome in kitchen
renovation projects. Appliance garages-or cabinets with pull-out shelves
where an appliance can be lifted out to working height, then lowered back out
of sight-are also increasingly common.
Another space-saving feature that Lovato is seeing is a workstation sink, which
comes with interchangeable inserts that function as strainers, cutting boards,
and additional work surfaces.
Because hard surfaces can last for decades, the challenge for interior
designers is to pick a product that will stand the test of time from an aesthetic
perspective. And the challenge for product designers is to come up with
products that will fit this bill. Roy Marcus, brand ambassador for Artistic Tile,
points out that the company's Fan Club line, a glass mosaic, was inspired
by the Art Deco period, an era that in itself was influenced by the materials
found in King Tut's tomb. " If someone thought [this aesthetic] was awesome
6,000 years ago and then again a hundred years ago, someone will look at it
50 years from now and still love it, " he says.
As for white subway tile, has its time come and gone yet? " It is a correct
choice, and it will never embarrass anybody, " says Marcus. " It will always be
correct, though it may not always be inspired. " This ubiquitous look just might
be edged out, though, by the use of larger slabs on counters, backsplashes,
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