Connie Blumenthal

The Most Seasoned Real Estate Connoisseur in Greater Seattle and Mercer Island Luxury Real Estate Markets

Kitchen Design-kitchen's are the new living room

It's where all like to hang out, where the party always ends up.  It's the Social Kitchen, much like a living room, but with a sink or two.  More than ever before, we want our kitchens to be social.  So social,  islands are becoming larger as walls continue to come down, even taking center stage to include a sink and a cooking appliance, and seating.  Soft furnishings (the kitchen sofa for example, a concept that I strongly believe in, which is raised to meet the breakfast room table) in the kitchen and is all about comfort.   Finishes and colors which do not match, but blend, fireplaces and larger windows in width and height create an open feel and add architectural interest as they do in surrounding rooms. Alternative finishes, textures and products add sophistication. Good artwork, sconces (and other non-typical kitchen lighting) and mediamediamedia of any size/shape/type contribute to the feeling that one is truly in a living/social area. Multiple work stations providing optimal function for various social lifestyle situations will be designed into the space. A desire for real comfort is strongly connected to the social kitchen trend.

A recent video we found on Marketwatch follows the theme as well.....

Get ready to eat, dine and be social!

http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/news-hub-kitchen-becomes-the-new-living-room/802509F9-4949-4954-A8C7-446E33E22373

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