The millennials (ya know, THAT generation) are influencing design trends and design direction in the kitchen!
I know, right? A scary thought indeed. But I assure you it is true and there is nothing to be scared of.
Boomers used to be the most influential generation, and they still are to some degree. But the millennials are having their say and it’s not a bad thing in terms of what is happening in the kitchen.
Let’s talk about a few things they are influencing, shall we?
Colour: Moving away from their parents’ all white kitchens, they crave colour in cabinetry, walls, backsplashes and vent hoods. You will see more green and blue palettes in kitchens featured in design magazines.
Note to Boomers: Take a note of the use of colour. Don’t be afraid to use it in your kitchens!
Natural Inspiration: Organic features and natural finishes are big in kitchen design. Natural materials like cane and wood, matt or brushed fixtures, natural textures, warm hues, and fabrics like cotton and linens are top of the list. Also natural light is also key in design.
Note to Boomers: I think we are all on board with natural finishes and natural light.
Technology: The millennials do love their technology and things like touchless fixtures, app-controlled appliances, voice-activated lighting are all on the rise.
Note to Boomers: I gotta say, I’m not a fan of technology (Alexia? Who’s that?) but if you are comfortable incorporating some of these items into your new kitchen design, then go for it!
Kitchen Layouts: New storage options (let’s welcome the pantry back to design!) and multi-purpose layouts for islands, dedicated coffee stations, and built-in features such as drying racks and cutting boards are all the rage with this group.
Note to Boomers: The kitchen has become the main room in the home. Incorporating other uses into your kitchen design is not only smart, but makes the space so much more functional. I’m not so keen on the built-in cutting board, tho. You?
Boomers, my main advice to clients is to follow their heart when it comes to designing your kitchen. Don’t follow a trend because it is trendy; incorporate the trend into your design only if you absolutely love it!