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Warmer, Cozier Kitchens

Kitchen Tradition Dishes on Trends

Article by Neil Orwick - Kitchen Designer and Owner of Kitchen Traditions

Originally published in Westport Lifestyle

2023 is seeing most industries getting back to normal lead times and remodeling is, again, a good option for many. But how to get started? There are so many moving parts in a remodel, how does one know what to do first? With whom to speak first? What will it cost?  

First, remodeling shouldn’t be stressful; it should be easy, enjoyable, and rewarding. It’s not just about the final product, it’s about the experience. Kitchen Traditions has been in the remodeling and construction businesses since 1995. In that time we’ve developed protocols and connections to ensure everything goes smoothly, from initial measurements to final cleaning.

Next, the process itself.  Start with a good design. The elements of a good design are both personal and universal. Your kitchen or bath should fit you, reflect your personal color preferences and workflow needs. Current universal design trends are broadly defined as open floor plans, layered lighting, clean lines, and light-neutral hues, among other trends. The very bright white kitchens of recent memory have shifted to warmer whites with textured wood accents. 
  

Countertops have shifted from predominantly granite to overwhelmingly quartz and quartzite. The kitchen island is still the hub of the home, and we try to work a big, functional island into every kitchen. 

We’re designing walk-in pantries in nearly every new construction and, if possible, in remodels. Pantries have morphed from a cabinet or closets with shelves for food storage into rooms off of the kitchen that function largely as kitchens. A walk-in pantry allows for storage while additionally offering workspace on the countertops. Clients can house toasters and coffee makers in the pantry and keep the main kitchen uncluttered. If things get messy, the pantry door can be closed. 
  

The trend in metal finishes, on knobs and lighting, for instance, is moving away from the brushed satin nickel finishes and into warmer brushed brass, rustic blacks, and oil-rubbed bronze. It seems to be a continuation of the trend toward warmer, more comfortable and relaxed, spaces. This warmer-room feel is emphasized by the new LED lighting fixtures that can be layered at the ceiling, under cabinets, in cabinets, and at pendant height to brighten and balance a large room.

Each space is different, and every client is unique, but good design is universal. Connecting what is imagined to what is possible, and making it amazing is all in a day's work.

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