As with most areas of design, kitchen design has noticeable trends that become more or less popular. Some focus on form and others on function, but there is no denying that the trends exist. What trends are currently popular, and are they pure fashion or do they have added depth and staying power? Take this quiz to find out!
What combination is the key challenge for kitchen designers looking to follow trends?
fashion and utility
style and affordability
environmental friendliness and usability
What material is currently in vogue for kitchen countertops?
granite or marble
What is the main way of altering the look of a concrete countertop?
by mixing other things in with the wet concrete before forming the countertop
by layering it with various coatings
by distressing or polishing the surface
What is one of the most desirable features of concrete kitchen countertops?
It is customizable.
It is renewable.
It is inexpensive.
What is the main thing you must watch out for when you have a concrete countertop?
What two fuels are used in a dual-fuel range?
gas and electric
propane and methane
oil and natural gas
What type of new stovetop is even more efficient (and trendy)?
What challenge of green kitchen design is the hardest to achieve?
reducing the harm done to the environment
helping to improve the environment
recycling as much waste as possible
What is IceStone?
a countertop material that uses recycled glass and concrete
a stone countertop material that is tempered at sub-zero temperatures
a high-quality and expensive refrigerator
Why is bamboo considered a "green" building material?
because it grows back quickly
because it releases no harmful emissions during its growth
because it can be grown locally
What common household chemical does green kitchen design look to avoid?
What is a trendy way to work kitchen appliances into an overall design scheme?
hiding them inside cabinets
making sure the color is complementary to the cabinets and walls
drawing attention away from them by creating other focal points in the room
What type of color scheme is currently trendy for kitchen design?
metallic grays and silvers
black and white
What new hi-tech feature is available for refrigerators on the market today?
high-definition TV on the door
temperature control to a precision of 1/10 of a degree
remote control via Internet connection
What does the Connect Io (intelligent oven) allow you to do?
control it remotely via Internet or cell phone
divert lost heat to other appliances, such as a dishwasher