From Napa Valley to San Diego, kitchens are becoming more like family rooms up and down the California coast line. Living rooms are the traditional space within a home family and friends congregate in to exchange anecdotes. However, more recently the conversation has shifted over to the eating room. Since dining rooms are commonly unified with the cooking section, the use of the food area has become more than just food; it’s the popular social venue of the house too.
Younger families no longer have a real need or desire to transport dishes from one room to another. As a result of the increased use of kitchens in California homes, cabinetry is beginning to look more like furniture dually housing electronics while islands and bars are looking more like dining tables and work spaces. When remodeling, installing a bar that provides banquette style seating allows for guest to visit the kitchen for more than food.
Cabinets and Appliances
White cabinets are a hot trend as the non-color works with many different architectural styles from traditional to country-chic to contemporary for bay front homes. It opens the room to a number of decor choices and color palettes. Any hue against the white is bound to pop and translate the desired appeal. Other than choosing white cabinetry, matching stainless steel appliances also pulls the eyes to uniformity. Stainless steel is durable and provides a sophisticated clean modern feel. They are easy cleaning for busy families and resist finger prints.
Work Stations are popping up in kitchens around the globe, not just the West Coast. These stations are not necessarily for food either. Styles range from designs that are more elaborate to utilitarian. Some are used for bake centers, coffee bars, nooks, and pizza making stations. Since wine is such a prevalent lifestyle in San Diego, remodelers are increasing their architectural catalogs to include stations that are crafted specifically around wine tasting.
Layered lighting can make a kitchen comfortable and functional. Recessed lighting allows you to switch up the ambiance of what you’d like to pull off. Chandeliers and pendants are popular ways to light the eating room for dining, while accent lighting above and below are more task oriented. Having options for illumination allows you to convert your kitchen from a functional work space to an intimate dining space. Also, a combination of low-voltage lamps and fluorescents on hand can be cost cutting for the user in the end.