Kitchen & Bath Design News

APR 2016

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Designers from all over the U.S. discuss top kitchen and bath trends for their region of the country. BY KIM BERNDTSON Coast-to-Coast Design he Internet provides people with virtually unlimited ac- cess to design ideas via websites such as Houzz, Pinterest and even Zillow. Accompanied by an abundance of design blogs, it becomes relatively easy to see what's trending in design, materials and products, blurring the lines between regional and global diferences. However, with the ability to see what's happening across the street, across the country and even across the oceans, some regional trends remain evident. This month we asked several designers across the country to identify trends for their area, including both those that may be more universally popular and those that are more regionally defning. JOSEPH GIORGI, JR., CKD, PRESIDENT GIORGI KITCHENS & DESIGNS • WILMINGTON, DE TOP DESIGN TRENDS Removing walls  — "I hear on a regular basis people wanting to take down walls for open kitchen plans. It's been going on for a while, but it's still very important. Our homes here tend to be built in the 1950s and 1960s, and rooms are very seg- mented. Open plans are also more adaptable to today's lifestyle and allow natural light to come into the space." Emphasizing islands  — "Our clients want an emphasis on the island, with larger and/or multilevel designs. Raising the height can accommodate appliances like steam ovens or allow for seating. We also get a lot of requests for dish storage in drawers, often at the island, as well as for charging sta- tions. The island has really become the hub of the kitchen." T 34 Kitchen & Bath Design News • April 2016

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