The heart of the home is under renovation. More than half of millennial home buyers in a recent study indicated that an open kitchen is a necessity, and kitchens are increasingly incorporating dining and sitting rooms into a unified open floor plan, regardless of house size.

This is why kitchen cabinets look more like fine furniture and finishes that were formerly exclusive to the living room are migrating into kitchens, including metallic touches, cushioned benches, and wood accents. Counters and islands are becoming dining tables, instead of simply a functional space to prep and serve food.

According to the “2016 Houzz and Home Report,” more than three-quarters of all home renovations include kitchen remodels. Many of those homeowners are upgrading to clean, contemporary looks and ditching traditional styles. Consumer Reports’ “Kitchen Planning” guide points to clean, contemporary looks topping consumer preferences.

Fueled by the desire for personalization, millennials are leading this charge. A recent survey by Better Homes and Gardens indicated that 43 percent of millennials want their homes to be more customized and less “cookie cutter.” They are also willing to spend about 20 percent of their housing budget on renovations, rather than opting for move-in-ready homes.

For these reasons, it’s important to select appliances that blend into the overall living space while also reflecting the warmth and beauty of the home. The Global Design team at Whirlpool Corporation identifies these trends to enable architects, designers, and builders to stay ahead of the curve. Consumer insights such as these led to the new Whirlpool Fingerprint Resistant Black Stainless Steel Kitchen Suite, which seamlessly integrates with the aesthetics of the home and living spaces.

This shift marks another step in the evolution of the kitchen as the hub of the home and a gathering space for the entire family, rather than just a functional area for food prep and cooking. Whirlpool Corporation believes the future is here, and it’s much more colorful. Architects can take advantage of the opportunity we see in designing appliances to fit into the environment of a home, in harmony with the rest of its elements.

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