Arch Digest Pro: 2019 Kitchen Guide

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Published online, April 2019

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Green is the New … You Get It

In the kitchen, white cabinetry still leads the way, and likely always will. But the influx of rich navy and moody black that began creeping in over the past few years has paved the way for the hue du jour: a deep emerald-green.

Consider the evidence: Medallion Cabinetry has expanded its Finish Folio of trending paint colors to include five new green shades: Marine, Bay Leaf, Aloe, Eucalyptus, and Cypress. Meanwhile, Artistic Tile’s Tuxedo Park Jazz Glass mosaics recently debuted in three monochromatic blends, including Gillespie Green. Ann Sacks offers up a striking emerald-green tile with crackle glaze, part of its new Crackle Collection produced by Kohler WasteLAB—the parent company’s sustainability division developed these tiles out of recycled factory waste. Surfacing behemoths DuPont Corian and Cosentino both offer green-tinted products for countertops and walls, and Cosentino’s Dekton Chromica collection—which will include green, dark blue, and charcoal when it launches this year—is super saturated to the point that it resembles back-painted glass.

Italian appliance brand SMEG, known for its vibrantly hued wares (like the eye-catching Dolce & Gabbana collection) debuted a new, larger model of its Portofino range, offered in eight colors, including, notably, an olive-green. Perhaps the best proof that all that deep green is here to stay? True Residential—a brand known just as much for its high-end refrigeration units as for its on-trend and timeless colors—was the green-appliance showstopper at this year’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, where it debuted a stunning emerald finish, available on all product lines.

Next Gen: Upgrades and inventions aiming to please both tech-savvy and old-school consumers come to the kitchen

This season, manufacturers are debuting entirely new functions, like integrated air fryers and countertop steam ovens pared with meal-kit delivery services. Meanwhile, new gadgets, like embedded cameras for snapping selfies and monitoring meals, are making smart appliances even smarter. Find the innovation that’s the right fit for your next kitchen install or update.

GE Kitchen Hub

GE’s new hub serves as a command center for the home and a tool for social media. Equipped with cameras to accommodate Instagrammers who want to snap overhead stills of their culinary masterpieces, the hub’s selfie camera, built-in mic, and video screen come in handy for video-chatting or requesting recipe help from a more skilled home cook. A patent-pending “air curtain” helps keep steam and grease off the display and cameras.

Bosch Home Appliances French-Door Bottom Mount

Of the new refrigerators offering special freshness technology, the Bosch Home Appliances French-Door Bottom Mount is a standout. It incorporates a four-point FarmFresh System that keeps food fresher for up to three times longer than conventional fridges. An impressive feature of the technology is VitaFreshPro: It is equipped with high-quality gaskets and premium insulation for a securely sealed drawer that offers presets for meat and fish, fruit, vegetables, beverages, snacks, plus custom settings programmed by the user via an app. It also includes FreshProtect, a filter that absorbs the naturally emitted ethylene gas from fruits and vegetables and slows down the ripening process.