August 15th, 2018 Design

Beautiful Kitchen Designs for Today’s Lifestyles

By Toll Brothers 2 minute read

Last updated on February 19th, 2020

Beyond being the place where meals are made, the kitchen is the center of activity, from homework and conversation to neighborhood get-togethers and celebrations. Today’s kitchens are extensions of our lifestyles, which are increasingly varied and busy. To accommodate our growing needs, builders, designers, and manufacturers are creating exciting features that are functional and stylish.

Some of the latest kitchen design trends include:

 

Multifunctional Islands

Islands are a mainstay of the kitchen and have transformed from a basic countertop for food prep to a multipurpose space that can be personalized to include space for dining, storage, wine racks, sinks, cooktops, warming drawers, and other appliances. Islands are so versatile and functional, some larger kitchens have two.

 

Coffee Stations

Home coffee stations are growing in popularity, especially since the onset of the single-serve coffee maker and now we are grabbing a “cup of joe” with ease any time of day. Enhancing this convenience is the built-in home coffee station, which is quickly becoming a part of the initial home design. Homeowners are looking for dedicated spaces with right-sized nooks and crannies for personal coffee collections and essential accessories. If you are looking for a great coffee and espresso machine, Architectural Digest lists some of the best.

 

Creative Storage

The need for more kitchen storage has resulted in some clever innovations, like pull-out pantries, cookie sheet drawers, and pull-out shelves for easy access to pots and pans. Since the kitchen is a magnet for kids, finding ways to keep homework supplies and crafts within arms’ reach, but at a distance from your food storage, is essential.

 

Hands-Free Innovations

In the kitchen, messy hands and full arms are more norm than not, making hands-free innovations a welcome relief. For example, our recent blog, New Tech in Your Kitchen Featuring Jenn-Air, features information about smart dishwashers, ovens and refrigerators that respond to voice commands. You can find these conveniences in other everyday innovations. Many manufacturers are jumping on the hands-free bandwagon with items like paper-towel dispensers, touchless automatic trash cans and motion-automated faucets. Amazon Alexa, Google Assist and Apple’s Watch and Siri are even coming to the rescue through Wi-Fi-connected appliances.

 

Pet Spaces

Pets love the kitchen and can typically be found underfoot when it’s time to prepare a meal. To keep them close and happy, “pet nooks” with room for a bed are being built into islands along with pull-out pet bowls and food storage.

 

For more beautiful kitchen design ideas, check out Toll Brothers’ Kitchen Pinterest board or visit Tollbrothers.com.

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Toll Brothers, an award-winning FORTUNE 500 company founded in 1967, is the nation's leading builder of luxury homes. Embracing an unwavering commitment to quality and customer service, Toll Brothers currently builds in 24 states nationwide, and is a publicly owned company with its common stock listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: TOL). For six years in a row, Toll Brothers has been ranked the #1 Home Builder Worldwide on the FORTUNE Magazine "World's Most Admired Companies®" list.* Toll Brothers also has been honored as national Builder of the Year by BUILDER magazine, and was twice named national Builder of the Year by Professional Builder magazine.

  • 2 Comments

    1. Avatar Rowel Bautista says:

      Hello There,

      Is there an option to not have the kitchen sink on the beautiful islands?

      • Toll Brothers Toll Brothers says:

        Hi Rowel, our kitchen sinks come in predetermined locations. Please use the floor layouts on the model pages to see where each sink is located. We hope this helps answer your question!

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