Few rooms can look dated more than a kitchen. Product designers are constantly offering new and improved options to give the heart of the home more style and to help making cooking easier. Here are some of the latest.
By Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub
1. Following the lines
Miele’s Generation 6000, which includes PureLine and ContourLine, was designed to fit seamlessly with the contemporary trend. PureLine, more minimalist and architectural, has a stainless-steel handle that appears to float on black glass. It comes in Truffle Brown or Brilliant White. ContourLine has a stainless-steel frame around the oven door and features an integrated handle. The styles are available in ovens, warming drawers and built-in coffee systems. Prices upon request. Available at The Kitchenworks, 1808 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-764-1482, thekitchenworks.com.
2. Fascinating faucet
Most experienced cooks prefer a single bowl kitchen sink with gooseneck faucet to make cleanup of large pots easier. MGS Designs created the elegant Vela with dual spray pullout in matte or polished stainless steel. Suggested retail price is $1,735. Pair it with an under mount single bowl sink from the Julian Collection. The 16-gauge stainless-steel sink includes a tilt-out storage drawer. Suggested retail is $2,202. Available at European Sink Outlet, 1771 N. Powerline Road, Pompano Beach, 954-973-0020, europeansinkoutlet.com.
3. Wave of the future
Love the farmhouse sinks but want a hipper, more contemporary look? Stone Forest has a solution with its Wave Front Farmhouse Sink that resembles the dancing pattern of flowing water on the front apron. The 10-inch-high-by-33-inch-wide-by-22-inch deep sink is sold in Honed Basalt ($3,100 suggested retail) and Carrera Marble ($3,150 suggested retail). A matching backsplash of 12-by-21-inch tiles can complete the look. Available at Allied Kitchen & Bath, 616 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-564-1611, alliedkitchenandbath.com.
4. Let there be light
Maybe you aren’t ready to remodel your kitchen, but you need a little more light when cutting vegetables on the countertop or finding a jar in a pantry. Mr. Beams LED Slim Lights, available in dark brown or white, can do the job. The wireless lights detect motion from seven feet away and can be a good solution for late-night trips to the kitchen for water or a snack. They turn off automatically after 20 to 60 seconds or if they do not detect any motion; you select the setting. The 35-lumens lights run on AA batteries. They sell for $24.99 for two lights at mrbeams.com, 877-298-9082.
5. Vive la France
Viking’s new 30-inch French Door Electric Double Oven with Thermal Convection took first-place honors in the People’s Choice Awards at the 2014 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas. The oven was designed so that you can open the door with something in one hand. Grab one handle and both doors open. The 4.7-cubic-foot oven is the largest in the industry. Tired of the stainless look? It is sold in 12 colors from stainless to Apple Red, Dijon and Wasabi. Price upon request. Available at Coral Springs Appliance Center, 3500 Coral Ridge Drive, Coral Springs,