When potential buyers are looking for a home, they'll most likely have their eyes on the kitchen3. Keeping tabs on the latest food trends can help you build and design kitchens that stand apart from the competition. Here are three trends expected to take hold in 2021 that could help influence future projects and attract buyers:
Being stuck inside for nearly a full year with constant access to desserts and other snacks may have shifted the scales for many consumers, and they're looking to get their diets back on track. Healthy eating4 will be a focus in 2021, and steam cooking is a popular, nutritious method of preparing food. It helps preserve nutrients and keeps food moist, eliminating the need for oil. Including a wall oven with the ability to steam will be appealing to many consumers. The KitchenAidⓇ SmartOven+ 30" Combination Oven with Powered Attachments enables grilling, stone cooking and steaming. You can steam-cook vegetables, entrees or even a complete dinner for four of salmon, potatoes and asparagus. The steamer attachment can also be used with the Steam Assist mode to create a humid cooking environment ideal for baked goods, breads and roasts.
People who have spent less time at their favorite bars and restaurants are enjoying their favorite cocktails from home, and at-home bartending5 is a trend expected to stick around. Adding a small wet bar to a kitchen, basement or even living room area will allow homeowners to entertain guests and put their bartending skills to use once it's safe to gather in groups. The KitchenAidⓇ 24" Undercounter Wine Cellar keeps wine chilled and easily accessible, while the KitchenAidⓇ 24" Undercounter Refrigerator provides a seamless, built-in look and organizes all the party essentials from platters to pitchers.
Bread baking was all the rage during the start of the pandemic, and now we're seeing a new trend forming in the kitchen: homemade pasta making6. Consumers will appreciate the flexibility of a KitchenAidⓇ stand mixer with coordinating pasta attachments, which makes it easy to roll and cut pasta. When homeowners aren't making pasta, they might want their countertop appliances hidden to allow for more counter space and create a clean, seamless look throughout the kitchen. Appliance garages7 can help reduce countertop clutter by keeping small appliances like stand mixers or coffee makers out of sight. This could be a small roll-up door that slides down over the appliance or a cabinet door that disguises a coffee station when not in use.