An outdoor kitchen is the perfect space to have fun with color, whether taking cues from the surrounding landscape or going bright and bold.
With many of us spending extra time at home and less time traveling abroad these days, there has been an increase in creating #staycation and #vacationathome spaces just outside our backdoor. Studies have shown that it doesn't matter if you live in an area that has a warm climate during two seasons or all year round, residential Outdoor Kitchens are on the rise and it doesn't look like it's about to slow down any time soon. Let's look at some of the trends we've been seeing develop around outdoor kitchen design recently.
Five years ago, if you thought about outdoor kitchens you probably had a similar image appear in your mind as the graphic on the left below. A stone or stucco surround with stainless steel doors sporadically placed within the space. This is no longer appealing to most clients since they are seeing different options that are available.
Full access, full box, custom aluminum outdoor cabinetry is important to many homeowners. Not only does it increase the storage area, it also gives a more cohesive and calming effect. With the old disjointed way of incorporating cabinetry your eye didn't have anywhere to "land" so it was a very anxious design style. However, it was the "best option available" at the time, just like flip phones were acceptable when there wasn't any other option. Other reasons we are seeing people demand custom cabinetry for their outdoor kitchens is because they don't want to sacrifice the functionality, durability or the ease of use that they have become accustomed to inside their home. Custom outdoor cabinetry allows for full depth drawers, soft close doors and drawers, and custom sizing to maximize the space.
getting creative with colour
People are choosing to add colour to their outdoor spaces because Now They Can! Outdoor kitchens really are the perfect space to incorporate colour, have fun and show off your personality with the many options now available with not only your cabinets but also your appliances and accessories! Our entire cabinet is powder coated, inside and out, and available in hundreds of colours including woodgrain textures. The sky is truly the limit and clients are having a blast exploring what's possible for their space! So go ahead and do a colour on the exterior and choose a wild colour for your interiors or visa versa. Maybe you are just testing the waters and just want to add colour to the toe kick. It really doesn't matter we can do it all. Can you imagine your indoor kitchen with the same opportunity and using the same colour of your outdoor kitchen? Talk about bringing the outdoors, inside - What fun!
Many people have been working from home either by necessity or now by choice and a shift we are seeing is using their outdoor space for their office . This is a consideration to think about when designing your outdoor kitchen. To address this "new use", our manufacturer has developed an innovation solution: back panels that can lift to become an office table (or serving bar). Although many clients choose to have full islands with seating incorporated into their design, others are wanting a more versatile option. Having the option of an outdoor office will certainly make your workday a more enjoyable experience if you're out in the fresh air.
Do you agree that your Kitchen is the heart of your home? If so, you will agree that the Outdoor Kitchen can represent the same outside! With multiple uses and increased functionality, outdoor kitchens are not only becoming fun to create they are becoming necessary to have.
We would love to help you design your outdoor kitchen today! What colour would you love to use for your outdoor cabinetry? Let us know below!