What will your dream kitchen look like in 11 years? One company strives to give you a preview.
It’s exciting to imagine the kind of comforts and improvements that technology will bring in years to come—especially in a room as widely-used and adored as the kitchen. While appliances such as dishwashers and microwaves have already revolutionized the kitchen experience, it’s thrilling to think about what’s next: the items that the following generation will think of as complete necessities…even though currently they sound like they’re straight out of a science fiction movie (albeight a very pleasant one!) Here, a preview of what GE Appliances’ industrial designers are predicting for 2025:
-A Smart Faucet: One that gives you a choice of filtered, ice, or carbonated water. Or want your h20 with vitamins? It can make it happen. Just make sure you’re drinking enough: This faucet tracks your hydration level.
-An In-Sink Dishwasher: Wash a small load of dishes (i.e., dishes from dinner for two) in 5 minutes. Plus, sensors in the sink wash produce for the optimal amount of time, to make sure you’re ridding it of all bacteria.
-Social Cooking: Ever wished you could cook with a celebrity chef? Using a combination of voice- and facial- recognition technology, GE will create human simulations that can teach you how to cook. (Cookbooks: Look out!)
-Urban Grilling: A window-mounted grill that ensures no smoke in your home and the perfectly-charred steak.
-Smart Sustainability: Your appliances will harvest gray water and recycle it so it can be used for a sustainable growing wall. Hello, fresh herbs!
Does this kitchen look familiar? It is the Apartment Kitchen. I believe it was installed in every apartment built between 1978 and 1995. It is difficult to hate the Apartment Kitchen — it just is. But there is not much to love about it, either. So when One Kings Lane editor Kerstin, who had the Apartment Kitchen, met stylist Megan Pflug, who was looking to do an “easy but stylish” kitchen before and after, she jumped at the chance.
Yes — it is the same kitchen. I know. I couldn’t believe it either. Using this kitchen by Danish design firm Københavns Møbelsnedkeri as her inspiration, Megan made this formerly drab space look like a million bucks. And on a small budget, without any demo at all. So of course now we’re all wondering: HOW DID SHE DO THAT? Here’s how:
To imitate the look of glass cabinets without making a big change, Megan removed the doors from the upper cabinets and filled them with simple glassware.
The cabinets (including the inside of the upper cabinets) and all the walls were painted in Benjamin Moore’s Blue Ice. The light color opens up the space, and painting walls and cabinets the same color gives the kitchen a luxe, custom look.
New brass hardware adds to the luxe feel of the space — and as a bonus, extra-long drawer pulls double as a place to hang towels.
Custom storage solutions, including a console table with shelving and wall-mounted shelves, ease the burden on the cabinets and make everything less cluttered.
A large mirror on the backsplash bounces light and creates the illusion of a larger space. (If this mirror totally fooled you into thinking there was a pass-through added during the reno, you’re not the only one — I thought the same thing. Which means: it’s working, right?)