Can technology make a nicer kitchen?
Technology has snuck into the kitchen along with its friends, progress and innovation. While the basic tenets of traffic flow, access, and overall aesthetics still dominate kitchen design, the minutia has become more interesting. Things like smart faucets that use sensors to turn off and on and smart fridges that remind you when you need milk are only the tip of the tech iceberg.
LED technology is changing interior lighting design drastically. Moody under cabinet lighting and illuminated drawers and cabinets are very popular in today’s market. Even appliances like dishwashers have options for interior lighting.
Cabinet hardware has been undergoing changes also. Quiet, soft-touch drawer and cabinet openings are becoming commonplace. Today, there are great options for lifting cabinet doors, hidden hardware, and retro-yet-functional options.
Addressing personal electronics, the modern kitchen now must handle the need for extra power sources and connectivity. Docking drawers, charging stations, hidden ports, and retractable electronic strips are common requests that are not going to go away soon.
Modern kitchens have morphed into multi-purpose spaces. A LED television and accompanying technology are found in most kitchens. More and more kitchens are used as home office spaces too, again, making technology requirements mandatory for almost any kitchen remodel.
And for those who embrace the internet of things, how about a refrigerator who contents can be viewed from an app on your phone? According to international surveys, not many people find a need for such things yet when asked about important features of kitchen remodel. But as every generation alive has embraced and accepted the internet and computer technology to some degree, the inevitable addition of smart devices to the kitchen in upon us.