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In Architect Survey, Kitchens Reign Supreme

Architectural kitchen lighting increasingly important
Posted on March 15, 2016 by Allison Zisko

kitchen_generalWASHINGTON, D.C.—Homeowners continue to invest in their kitchens and bathrooms, according to a survey by the American Institute of Architects, and kitchens specifically have reinforced their position as the center of the home with design considerations that accommodate multiple activities.

“Because kitchens are so central to the home, people feel it’s important to spend time and money selecting materials and appliances that reflect who they are and make them feel good,” said Dawn Zuber, AIA, chair of the AIA’s Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN).  “Architectural lighting is a key component in good kitchen design, too, as it allows people not only to see what they are doing, but to highlight the cabinets, countertops, and appliances that are important to them.”

“Many of the new kitchen features that were really growing in popularity a few years ago have leveled off, such as larger pantry space and double islands,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker. “Popularity in LED lighting and upper-end appliances continues to grow at a strong rate.”

Among the most popular kitchen products and features, according to the AIA’s Home Design Trends Survey for the fourth quarter of 2015, are LED lighting (90 percent), computer area recharging stations (49 percent), upper-end appliances (39 percent), larger pantry space (34 percent), drinking water filtration systems (29 percent), double islands (25 percent) and adaptability/universal design (25 percent).