Over the decades, the home kitchen has evolved. It’s transformed from a closed in space containing a simple stove and sink into a large, open area featuring top-of-the-line kitchen appliances.
However, there have been a few recent trends taking over kitchens and homes across the Okanagan.
1. AN OUTDOOR CHARCOAL COOKER
This hot and handy item is popping up in Vernon and Kelowna appliance stores. The most popular one is the Big Green Egg barbeque. This system uses charcoal as it’s main heat source, and it can be used year-round, which is perfect for the upcoming winter season in front of us.
The Big Green Egg comes in six different sizes, can reach a maximum temperature of 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit, and responds to temperature adjustments amazingly well. Add in some smoking chips, and you can help drastically change the flavour of your grilled food.
2. THE RETURN TO BLACK AND WHITE KITCHEN APPLIANCES
A few years ago, stainless steel kitchen appliances were all the rage. From refrigerators to dishwashers, and everything in between, stainless steel finishes dominated kitchens everywhere. Because stainless finishes can be more challenging to clean, we’re seeing many homeowners return to more traditional black and white finishes.
Fortunately, for those still riding the stainless steel bandwagon, appliance companies like Whirlpool have just released a black stainless steel finish that’s resistant to fingerprints and perfectly in line with today’s black and white appliance trend.
Not all home appliances are big on this trend, however. We’re also seeing a lot of different coloured laundry appliances in Okanagan homes. Laundry duos in red, blue, white, grey, and black are all really popular right now too.
3. SMART APPLIANCES ARE THE NEW SMART CHOICE
Due in appliance stores in Kelowna and Vernon any day now are the newly updated smart appliances. With things like voice command, Wi-Fi connectivity, and smartphone apps, these appliances are unlike anything else on the market.
With the new technology, you can adjust the temperature of your oven with the help of your smartphone when you’re away from home, or just simply ask your fridge to drop in temperature a few degrees. Pretty neat, don’t you think?