While the kitchen long has been the center of the home, it makes sense that it would
evolve as lifestyles change. “People are not concerned about their living rooms, they
just want a room to live in that centers around the kitchen,” proclaims Liz Dickson,
owner and principal designer of Millbrook Circle Interior Design in Baltimore.
Designers and manufacturers alike report that transitional and contemporary looks
currently reign supreme among consumers, but behind the sleek façade is a kitchen
that truly performs for its user, whether that’s a 6-year-old making herself a bag
of popcorn, a savvy millennial cook who loves to entertain, or an aging boomer with
arthritic knees. New technologies, re-imagined layouts, and materials and appliances
that contribute to a healthy home and sustainable world also are driving the choices
being made in today’s kitchen renovation projects.
By Jessica Goldbogen Harlan
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