If you are wondering what is important in kitchen designs for the millennial generation, be prepared for a few cool ideas that are clever, and not unrealistic. In case you are wondering what classifies one as a millennial, it is a person born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s. Recently there was a kitchen design study of students between the ages of 18 – 29 from two Universities. The results were fun and enlightening.
The most important take away is that the Millennial wants a kitchen that is not expensive and wants to have a kitchen with individual personalized touches. Wow!! This is refreshing to hear that what they are looking for is not uncommon. If you survey the average homeowner looking for a kitchen remodel or a kitchen renovation, these items will be in their top 10.
Kitchen Island As a Multi-Functional Modular Concept
Maximizing space is definitely important in Kitchen design, so it was no surprise to find the Kitchen Island concept front and center in the Millennial’s kitchen wish list. The kitchen island concept is not new, but the new take on it is really refreshing because it is multi functional and can be used as a gathering place. Another great thing about this concept is that it is modular. I can see Ikea all over this concept.
The design of this kitchen island concept is that the round shape has a multi-function in that allows the homeowner to cook and socialize at the same time, since everyone can be gathered around the ergonomic island. The natural elements of the design allows for easy storage that keeps everything within reach. I am sure that all ages would love how the cutting board just stores so easily, yet can slide out easily when needed. Another great thing about this kitchen island is that it can be customized to use various kitchen counter-top materials. You could definitely see this Island Counter-top made from Quartz or Granite. I could see the Quartz being a big seller with the Millennial.
Integrating Pet Friendly Areas into the Kitchen Design
It will come as no surprise that most millennials are likely to have pets, therefore incorporating the pet into the kitchen design is so important. The dog or cat should not be an afterthought, so it is important to think of this for them. It is natural to have a pet friendly feeding station close to the sink so that it is convenient for the homeowner and the pet.
This clever built in pet feeding station is built into the toe kick of the kitchen’s bottom cabinets, which is typically wasted space. The great thing about this is that when the feeding station is not in use, it can be easily folded away to keep it hidden when not needed.
Integrated Cereal Dispenser Station With Multi Options
The integrated cereal dispenser is really cool and clever. This can be stored away and hidden inside of a cabinet. This eliminates the need to have boxes of cereal stored away into the pantry. It also makes it easy to access at a moments notice when the urge for cereal arises. This allows you to have cereal as a breakfast item, snack item or whenever your heart desires.
I am sure that General Mills and other Cereal Manufacturers will give this cereal dispenser station two thumbs up. I can see the marketing tie-ins for this cereal dispenser station already. Another great thing about it is that it can also be used for all ages. Especially the homeowner with a large family.
Integrated living spaces with entertaining in mind
It is no surprise that Integrated living spaces is an important concept for the millennial. It just makes practical sense for the best use of space and it allows the homeowner to entertain while cooking. Making sure that the kitchen area is inviting and easily accessible is a number one thing that Millennials want for their kitchen. It is all about making sure that the space is multi-functional and is well designed with a look and feel that captures the essence of the homeowner’s taste and preferences.
Hidden outlets – that are in the background instead of Front and Center
Having several outlets available so they can charge all of the multiple devices while in the kitchen is important. However, having an outlet destroy the design of the beautiful backsplash is not something that a millennial wants to deal with. Luckily there are several items on the market that fulfill that need. One of the best ideas is under the cabinets, so that the backsplash stays clean. This is done with power strips or behind hidden trap doors.
Since most kitchen baksplashes are so beautiful, typically glass mosaic tiles, metals, stones or some other beautiful work of art, the last thing that you want to happen is for a large clunky outlet to interfere with the beautiful design. The light strip that is mounted under the cabinet allows you to get this clean look in the kitchen backsplash area . The great thing about these outlet strips is that they are just as accessible but are hidden when they are not needed in the kitchen.
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