Functionality driving kitchen design as consumer reassess needs during pandemic
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“We’ve seen the pandemic have an effect across all sectors in our society and we’re now starting to see how the change in human behaviours is shifting the way we design our homes,” says Bill Darcy, chief executive officer of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA).
“Consumers are more eager to embrace new technologies, innovative ways to provide multi-functional options to maximize their space to fit any occasion and are opting for surfaces and designs that make it easier to clean, as well as address health and wellness.”
Spaces that serve multiple functions will become increasingly popular in 2022 and beyond. Millennials in particular want to maximize their kitchens with islands that serve as a meal prepping area, workstation and dining table, as well as a place to entertain guests, the NKBA says in its 2022 Design Trends Report.