This story was written by Doris A. Pearlman, founder of Possibilities for Design, Inc., a nationally recognized, award-winning, interior design and merchandising firm based in Denver, Colorado. The firm specializes in market driven interior space merchandising and trend setting designs.
The kitchen is arguably the most important room in a home. It’s not only the room where we prepare and eat our meals, it’s also where we entertain and gather. Now, more than ever, we are thinking about a new way of designing kitchens for the 55+ buyer. Toll Brothers Active Living® homes are carefully designed with all of these items considered – perfect for active-adult buyers.
Below are five major kitchen design trends for today’s active-adult.
1. Location, Location, Location
Location is essential when laying out the kitchen. Appliances, sinks, and storage are placed in locations that are more comfortable for bending, reaching, and working to make daily tasks a lot more manageable for the active-adult.
2. . . . Including the Kitchen Sink
The trend to adding a second sink is becoming more and more popular. Most households have more than one cook in the kitchen. A prep sink, along with the main sink, will create a separate work zone. Also, consider a bar sink in the nearby family room for entertaining.
Stylish options range from apron sinks, to sleek, contemporary stainless steel designs. And how about a pop of color? Designer Jonathan Adler has teamed up with Toll Brothers partner Kohler® to bring a splashy new line of sink colors, such as Greenwich Green, Piccadilly Yellow, Palermo Blue, and Annapolis Navy.
3. Fantasy Island
Kitchen islands are increasing in size, style, and function. Situate the microwave at the end of an island, making it more reachable for the active adult or even the grandchildren. Cabinetry in finishes contrasting with the base cabinets appear more like furniture than a built-in.
4. High-Tech Touches
Adding a planning center adjacent to the kitchen will give you a space to browse for recipes on your smartphone or tablet, and keep an eye on the front door at the same time. A docking station will allow you to recharge all of today’s gadgets.
5. 55+ Fashion
White to off-white kitchen cabinets are at the top of the list in popularity. Mixing finishes such as off-white cabinets with a java glaze or colored island creates the character that makes the potential home owner envision themselves spending quality time in the new kitchen. Even newer are the grey and stained or distressed looks. Hardware has also been revolutionized with linear bars and knobs that really are the accessory that will tie everything together.
Granite is still in demand, and the light to off-white colors are pointing the way to the white kitchen. Also getting a nod are solid surface counters. A great counter should be topped with a fabulous backsplash. Glass mosaics combined with a variety of stones, metals, and marbles create the jewelry for the already fabulous kitchen. Last but not least, shedding a little light on the subject is essential. Task lighting supplemented with pendants that are unique, completes the dream of a unique kitchen.
With today’s trends, kitchens are becoming more high-tech and more high-style, and practically designed for active adults. The possibilities are endless.
For more kitchen design ideas, please visit Toll Brothers’ Kitchen board on Pinterest.