In the late 80s, baby boomers decided they wanted bigger and better kitchens with higher end appliances. This trend of wanting larger open kitchens that are the focal point of the house has continued today. People are cooking more in their homes and entertaining more. Designers are charged with integrating sleek pro appliances seamlessly into the kitchen space. There are many options with brands like BlueStar that offer 750 colors and a variety of finishes to give any kitchen a custom look. Install an oven under the counter, hidden from people’s view seated in the living room or den.

Key Takeaways:

  • A brand like BlueStar has 750 colors and quite a few mettalic finishes as well, and you can also combine metals and do all sorts of quite smashing and chic custom looks. Coordinate colors with your cabinetry for a look that flows.
  • A trend in hood design, or ventilation design, also due to the open plan kitchen, is to create an invisible hood or one which is more of an integrated architectural element in the kitchen.
  • For a less “big” look, use separate pieces. Use a rangetop and put the ovens under the counter, hidden from the family room or den, rather than up high.

“BlueStar has handles configured for a French door opening so that you can access the handle just under the countertop and swing it to the side and close it the same way. That is also a quasi-universal design feature.”

http://www.thekitchendesigner.org/blog/2013/10/16/designing-pro-appliances-into-the-kitchen.html