It's been almost a year living through the pandemic. Whether you’re making your morning coffee at home, running errands online, or spending more time alone, there’s no doubt that COVID 19 has shaped the way we behave.
There’s no doubt that the future of kitchen design will look different in a post COVID 19 world. So far there have been 3 major kitchen-related changes that we have had to adopt on a moment's notice.
First, we have been forced to alter the way we shop, store, and prepare food. Second, we have more time at home to get organized, tackle lingering projects, and sanitize our homes. Finally, we have had to change the way we interact and socialize with family, friends, and colleagues.
Here are the top 10 long-term ways COVID19 will change kitchen design going forward.
When nearly all stores had to close their doors, AJ Madison was prepared. For nearly two decades AJ Madison has been helping customers shop for appliances and home essentials online. As a top internet retailer, it was relatively easy to shift to an online-only store. The AJ Madison website is easy to navigate, and shop for all home appliances and promotions.
AJ Madison is still completing deliveries everywhere in the continental US. Customers can browse the industry’s largest selection of appliances with over 140 brands to choose from. Simply order online, or you can set up an appointment with an appliance professional by phone, Zoom, Google Hangouts, or Facetime.
When designing kitchens in the future, we’re going to pay more attention to refrigerator and freezer capacity. Here are a few pro tips for getting more refrigerator and freezer capacity in your kitchen:
The only downside is refrigerator depth. Full depth refrigerators stick out of a standard cabinet 6 to 8 inches, which can be an eye-sore. Having a lot of refrigerator depth can be a challenge as you can sometimes lose food items in the back of the fridge.
In all, I think full depth refrigerators will become more popular in years to come. Design professionals will need to get crafty about hiding the extra depth. But you’ll be happy you have that extra capacity!
New kitchens will be designed for healthy meals, food prep stations, and storing leftovers. You might also find yourself using those fun small appliances like your juicer, slow cooker, ice cream maker, or food processor.
Investing in a high-quality set of food storage containers will reduce food waste. Look for dishwasher friendly, stain resistant, freezer safe, and even oven-safe options. Leftovers are more appealing when stored in a high-quality container.
From COVID 19 we’ve learned that keeping an organized pantry is key for easier home cooked meals. Dry goods such as rice, beans, grains, and oats are a low cost way to feed your family. Elevate your cooking game with a hidden pull-out rack for spices and dry herbs. Airtight storage containers are a great way to store baking ingredients, cereal, loose leaf teas, and coffee.
New kitchens will be designed with cleanability in mind. Low maintenance cabinet finishes, faucets, tile, and fixtures will be a top priority. For appliances, that means coated finishes like smudge-resistant stainless steel will become more popular. Consumers will look for countertops that are non-porous, scratch resistant, stain resistant and even antimicrobial.
Smart cooking appliances can be beneficial for seasoned chefs and home cooking newbies. For the experienced home cook, a smart oven can serve as your sous chef, keeping time providing guard rails against failure in the kitchen.
If you’re new to cooking, you’ll benefit from step-by-step cooking instructions. If you’re a picky eater, consider an integrated cooking app like Innit or Yummly where you can enter your food preferences. You can even connect your oven to your phone or smart speaker, order groceries online, video chat with friends and family and even share your dinner masterpieces on social media.
Some smart refrigerators give you the ability to keep a running grocery list. From your refrigerator you can order groceries online. Your smart refrigerator can also help you prevent fresh foods from going bad. If an item will expire, your refrigerator can recommend recipes to help you use it before it’s too late.
For large kitchens and homes, it’s convenient to have more than one dishwasher. Whether the extra dishwasher is in the kitchen, bar area, guest suite, or even outdoor entertainment space, having extra cleaning capacity is an added convenience.
In addition there are more cleaning appliances that have been beneficial for healthy living. Air purifiers, air conditioners, and HEPA vacuum cleaners eliminate dust, allergens, and harmful pollutants. If you’re designing a laundry room, consider adding a styler. Stylers steam and sanitize delicate items like formalwear, throw pillows, and stuffed animals.
If you’re planning a home improvement project, you will want to also upgrade your yard to spend time outside with your family and friends. Consider adding a barbecue grill, outdoor furniture, lawn games, a patio heater, fire pit, or even a home garden.
In some parts of the country, consumers are running supermarket shelves dry. COVID 19 proved that our food supply is limited. Starting a home gardening project is a great way to get home grown veggies and save money. You can store your homegrown produce with a long-term food preservation technique like flash freezing or canning.
Replacing your old energy-hogging appliances can actually save you money in the long run. Consider an easy to replace appliance such as a freestanding refrigerator, front control range, faucet, or dishwasher. There are many fun appliance finishes for a fresh new look. Stainless steel is forever, but consider alternatives like slate, black stainless, sunset bronze, tuscan brass, or matte white.
You can also easily upgrade the color palette in your kitchen. A new coat of paint on your walls or cabinets can give your kitchen new life. Bright colors are in. If you’re looking for a subtle pop of color consider new curtains, rugs, or dish towels. If you’re looking for a more ambitious project, add a tile backsplash. Adding tile could be a fun DIY weekend project, and will elevate the value of your kitchen.
It’s worth keeping your appliances running for years to come. In order to do that, you need to make sure you’re taking the necessary measures to take care of your appliances over time. Over the years, most appliances will require maintenance. If your appliance needs service, it pays to have a warranty in place. Investing in a warranty at the time of sale will give you peace of mind, and will save you hundreds of dollars.