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Whether it’s at a friend’s house or a freak show, we’ve all experienced our own version of the dream kitchen. Perhaps that means a set of expansive, dueling kitchen islands. Perhaps that means a freezer that provides ice for cocktails on demand, a smoothie station, or a wine dispenser that dispenses a good helping of your favorite Chardonnay. Or, if you’re not into cooking, you might have a space that’s well-equipped for catering. With the right design, the kitchen becomes an environment tailored to the owner.
From the home tour we see every day advertisement It’s clear from the anecdotes we hear from designers over dinner that we’re entering the era of hyper-personalized kitchens. That being said, there are some best practices and ideas that I hope you can add to your bag of tricks. In this AD PRO Kitchen Trends Report, six journalists spoke to industry leaders to find out what they and their clients are loving right now. I hope you come hungry. —Lila Allen, AD PRO Senior Editor
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🍳 Why certain kitchen layouts work well Top designers consider configurations that they find optimize efficiency, social connection, and client preference without sacrificing style. Written by Kathryn O’Shea Evans
💡 Please light it correctly See how innovative lighting technology can enhance your cooking space and create a dynamic and inviting environment. jesse doris
🦠 Design a cleaner kitchen An expert guide to creating a healthier, more hygienic cooking space. Written by Christina Poletto
🔥 The big debate about gas ranges In the wake of controversial but largely unsubstantiated rumors of a gas stove ban, AD PRO asks which types of stoves designers, energy experts and chefs prefer. Written by Dan Howarth
🍽️ 7 designers share their storage secrets Here’s how top talent keeps kitchen clutter at bay. Written by Alia Akkam
🍪 5 custom kitchens that defy common sense These spaces prove that designing for the different lifestyles of real people can yield truly great results. Written by Kyle Hepner
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Breegan Jane, Ryden Lewis and Billy Cotton talk about the trends ruling the kitchen
Why certain kitchen layouts work well
Top designers consider configurations that optimize efficiency, social connection, and client preference without sacrificing style.
When it comes to kitchen design, size doesn’t matter, at least not as much as layout. Whether you’re trying to make Julia Child’s coq au vin in a cooking space the size of a phone booth, or wandering through the endless cubbyholes and cabinets of a rambling mansion, you’ll quickly find yourself in a tough situation. You will learn the truth. It’s a floor plan of the kitchen. It’s not the dimensions that make all the difference. With that in mind, we asked some of the best cooks in the kitchen, designers, for their hard-won layout advice for recent projects of all shapes and sizes. Here’s what you need to know: