Jo: I hear you. You wish clients would stop having such preconceived notions as to how every kitchen is supposed to flow.
Lauren: I wish clients would stop obsessing over perfect countertops. Corian or quartz is never going to be marble or feel as authentic. Nobody thinks about ceramic tile aging. Let’s stop focusing on how marble can chip or stain.
Linda: With appliances, I wish they would just pare it back. There are a lot of bells and whistles. Are you really going to use those 20 different presets? You don’t need to pay extra for some of these things.
Lauren: A big pet peeve of mine is all the extra small appliances people get, the air fryer and the whatevers. Why not spend more money on a range that has a convection oven than having an air fryer that’s going to take up space?
Jo: I definitely think we’re in that place of “more is more.”
Caren: The U.S. is very appliance driven. We think the bigger, the better. I have to tell my clients, “Let’s make sure you really are going to use this appliance and not just put it in, because square footage is valuable.”
Jo: How about the pot filler? Yay or nay?
Caren: I’m not opposed to it. I have a very small kitchen. It doesn’t have an island, so I would have to walk five steps to fill a pot. I do make soups. I make beans. So it comes in handy. But a pot filler is not a decoration. It’s a function. If you don’t cook like that, don’t put it in. If it becomes useful to you, then put it in.
Linda: I’m for pot fillers if it makes sense, moreso with smaller kitchens. I do like to put in two sinks, but if you can’t, then it helps out to do that for functionality.
Lauren: I don’t think they’re necessary, but I kind of consider them as jewelry. If you’re going to spend a thousand dollars plus the cost of plumbing and the time it takes to map out the placement of the pot filler, and there’s something else that’s more important and maybe it’s not super necessary, then I would nix the pot filler. But if the budget’s there and it makes sense functionally, then I love a pot filler.
Richard: I’m into a pot filler, but I try to show people different ideas. In the front of my showroom, I put a pot filler in the niche on the side, so it doesn’t have to be right above the cooktop. It can be done in different ways, but it provides a function. If you pick the right one, it can be a little extra jewelry.
Jo: Since we are talking about trends, what’s next?
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Richard: The kitchen has evolved to a way more dynamic space than strictly a food cooking and prep area. It is a living room. Engaging natural light and the material mix are super important. Is there comfortable seating? Are there textures that make you want to hang out there?
Caren: Not every part of the kitchen needs to be filled up with cabinets. You also don’t have to have a white kitchen or a blue kitchen. You can mix materials. You can use wood with two different painted colors.
Lauren: When everybody went away from white kitchens, it was green because it was more comfortable. Now, I’m seeing more paprika and turmeric, almost like spice colors, but then you also have clients who want aubergine.
Linda: I think there is going to be a new revelation with islands and how they’re used. I did one recently that has actual dining chairs and a unique shape.
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