We’re asked frequently what kitchens will look like 10, 20, even 50 years from now. According to studies and our own informal research, we’d say they will look a lot like they do now!
There are no crazy gadgets or robotic arms in the future for kitchen remodeling. High tech doesn’t interest most people for the kitchen, with the exception of televisions and devices that assist with kitchen-related tasks like making a grocery list or preparing a recipe
Oddly enough, trends in kitchen remodeling say that homeowners will still be interested in classic styles and colors, as well as high-quality features that function well.
Worldwide, there are differences in priorities for the kitchen. Homes in some parts of the world will devote a section of the kitchen to a wine cellar or coffee bar, while others covet a big, organized walk-in pantry. These things won’t change across the board, and neither will a few other things.
We predict that the following features will stay relevant throughout the next several decades:
- White cabinets
- More cabinet space
- Pull-out drawers inside cabinets
- Hidden garbage and recycling
- High-quality countertops
Trends also predict that kitchens of tomorrow will not change much in their layouts. Here in the U.S., most kitchens are U-shaped or L-shaped. It requires a lot more time, money, and work to rearrange the layout, so you’ll see the majority of remodeled residential kitchens keeping their floorplan.
In rare instances, we anticipate seeing customers in Kansas City, Fairway, and Lake Quivira with ultra-modern taste who prefer a gallery-style kitchen. In these kitchens, the entire layout, from cooking area to dining table, can be connected for buffet-style dining while taking up very little space.
U.S. contractors like Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling should expect to see a continued preference for granite countertops, but they shouldn’t be surprised if customers begin to request engineered quartz. This material is made from crushed quartz and resin, so it does not have to be sealed after installation, a factor that has contributed to its popularity.
New, tougher types of porcelain are also making a comeback, because of both their appearance and their durability.
As far as fancy features in kitchens of the future they’re all about making life easier. Built-in device charging stations and baseboard vacuum systems are requested often, as are range hoods, which keep the kitchen and whole house cooler during and after cooking, and also remove odors efficiently. Developments in areas like these will continue to happen, so there’s still a little surprise left, even for us, in what the kitchens of tomorrow will really look like!