2011 Kitchen trends

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Sat, 09-18-2010 - 1:46pm

Fixr is reporting on a survey about 2011 trends in kitchen design:
http://www.fixr.com/sc/surveys/kitchen-remodeling-trends/

These results were based on polls which basically stated:

1. Green is the most trendy kitchen style.
2. Stainless Steel is the most trendy cabinetry.
3. Reclaimed Wood is the most trendy floor.
4. Engineered Stone is the most trendy countertop.
5. Pullout Spray Style is the most trendy faucet.
6. Metal is the most trendy refrigeration.
7. Induction Cooktop is the most trendy cooking option.
8. Table as Island is the most trendy kitchen island.

What do you think? Is this the look YOU want in a kitchen?



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Sun, 09-19-2010 - 9:43pm

I don't think I would like a stainless steel kitchen. It's probably practical, but it's also cold if all over the kitchen. I don't mind if the stove, oven and fridge had a stainless steel finishing, but not the cabinetry.

My kitchen has a lot of greens - mainly from the dark green granite floor and top.

As for an induction stove top - I haven't tried those and am curious. I like cooking with gas - it's relatively cheap to operate, and I don't have to think about electricity (electricity isn't cheap here.) And I can still cook if there's a blackout! I want a burner with a strong and fierce fire to use a wok with.























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Mon, 09-20-2010 - 1:08am

I think I'm with you on the metal finishes. I like wood --- it's "warmer"!

We have a "green" kitchen too: teal green! The walls were painted that color when we moved in and we have kept it. A little dark but it works for us.

And we also have gas! I have had smoothtops before (but not induction --- the older convectin ones) and I hate them (the pots have to be perfectly flat on the bottom and they aren't as easy to clean as they would have you think), and I burn EVERYTHING on electric burners. I'm not one who likes to stand and watch my food! So gas is better for me since I can lower the heat much more easily.

A thing about smoothtops of any kind --- if a "burner" goes out, what happens? You need an entirely new cooktop surface since the burner is embedded! And induction surfaces are glass so they can be cracked if you drop something on them!

But They are being pushed, heavily, on television ads, as the "new big thing" in cooking!



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Mon, 09-20-2010 - 3:45am

Do they cost a lot?

I've seen a few here, as well as the one with a single burner.























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Mon, 09-20-2010 - 8:27pm


GE PHP900DMBB 30" Induction Cooktop with 4 Induction Elements Elect
$1,139 new

Electrolux EW36CC55GB - Black 36 Inch Hybrid Induction Cooktop
$1,429 new

GE PHP960DMBB 36" Induction Cooktop with 5 Induction Elements ELECT
$1,291 new

Bosch NIT5065UC 30" Induction Cooktop with 4 Cooking Zones, Stainless
$1,050 new

The Electrolux one is the one you see most advertised on television.

As for is this a "lot"...

Other Electrolux models do seem to be cheaper, with gas the cheapest of all:

Electrolux EW30EC55G 30" Electric Cooktop
$1,024 new

Electrolux EW36GC55G 36" Gas Cooktop
$650 new

Electrolux EW30GC55GB 30" Gas Cooktop with 4 Sealed Burners Black
$500 new

Electrolux EW30GC60IS 30" Gas Cooktop, 5 Sealed Burners, Min2Max B
$1,069 new



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Mon, 09-20-2010 - 9:47pm
I'm sticking with gas!






















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Mon, 09-20-2010 - 10:46pm

You and me both! LOL

Of course, I suspect if this gadget becomes more popular, the price will come down, and naturally, there will be sales but still... it is pretty pricey, especially if electricity is not reliable or more expensive!

Like others, I LIKE having gas when the power goes out!



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Tue, 09-21-2010 - 2:05am

There had been rolling black-out here a few months ago. Most neighbourhoods wouldn't have electricity once to twice a week for nearly the whole day as demand was really high and supply wasn't enough. We were lucky that our neighbourhood wasn't affected. Can you imagine the disruption in houses that had electric everything?























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Tue, 09-21-2010 - 1:06pm

I can! Here, blackouts tend to be more the result of acts of nature (trees taking down wires, and the like, during storms) but sometimes, power is out for days at a time and if it's winter here and you don't have power, it can be impossible to heat your home, let alone cook. And the food spoilage in freezers and fridges is horrendous!!

We've been lucky (knock on wood) so far, in that we don't lose power for more than a few hours. But one never knows with weather-related disasters...



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Wed, 09-22-2010 - 4:28am

Great article and question !



These results were based on polls which basically stated:



1. Green is the most trendy kitchen style.
2. Stainless Steel is the most trendy cabinetry.

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Thu, 09-30-2010 - 10:18am
Here is more about kitchen trends... similar to the FIXR report but a little broader. I love the walk-in pantry trend --- it has ben something i wonted ever since my childhood at my grandparents, both of whom had pantries, and now I have one! WOO HOO! For once, I'm ahead of the trend! LOL































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