A professional-level kitchen appliance doesn’t have to live out its life purely within the walls of a commercial or restaurant kitchen. Such appliances, as well as a number of other previously restaurant-only design ideas and innovations including unique kitchen cabinet designs, are quickly becoming some of the most popular new staples for residential kitchens.
If you’re looking to transpose the efficiency and convenience of a restaurant kitchen to your own home, here are seven important kitchen components that you need to keep in mind and look into.
- Ranges and ovens – Imagine one wall of your kitchen packed to the gills with everything you need to cook anything you can think of. Restaurant-style multi-unit cooking ranges and cooktops make this possible, combining gas burners and griddles that handle everything from slow simmering to high-speed searing with fryers and steamers in one cutting-edge package. Built-in appliances also help save money and space for additional appliances like a warming oven – a favorite of professional cooks.
- Modular cook tops and appliances – These days, the modern, cutting-edge kitchen is a study in flexibility and versatility. Most appliance companies now offer convenient cooking modules that fit snugly into the counter top on their own or side by side with another cooking appliance, allowing you to customize your kitchen into your own perfect cooking space. With a little time, research, and planning (and a big enough budget!), you can spice up an entire kitchen wall with a chromed-out line of modular cooking appliances that look like they’ve been designed specifically for your space.
- Flexible small appliances – It seems like there’s a small appliance these days for almost any kitchen need that you can think of. If a total overhaul isn’t possible, these stylishly designed modern gadgets help bring a professional touch to any kitchen space. Store them behind cabinet doors for a more streamlined, modular look.
- Commercial-style refrigerators – Your state-of-the-art cooking range won’t do you much good if you don’t have a refrigerator that keeps your ingredients fresh. Energy-saving, high-efficiency modular refrigerators are also becoming more widely available. Combo-type refrigerators remain the more common choice for residential kitchens, but for those with very specific ideas in mind, some companies are also offering separate all-refrigerator and all-freezer models.
- Stylish range hoods that get the job done – Even range hoods are getting in on the action. After years of following the same basic design, today’s range hoods now come in a wide range of shapes and styles. Finding the perfect range hood that complements your modern kitchen design is now easier than ever. You can go big for an industrial look or choose a sleek, inconspicuous design that doesn’t draw any of the attention away from your immaculately planned kitchen. Best of all, most modern range hoods get the job done better than their predecessors ever could – just be sure to invest in a hood fan that can keep up.
- Workhorse sinks and convenient faucets – Modern sinks aren’t just places where you wash stuff. New sink designs are incorporating everything from integrated cutting boards to offset drains. Pair a versatile workhorse sink with a stainless steel back splash that doesn’t allow food splatters to cling to or stain your wall and you can turn any kitchen into your own industrial-strength cooking space. The final piece of the puzzle is a commercial-inspired faucet. There are hands-free marvels that sport a universal design and a tight focus on hygiene and food preparation and dual-handle types that instantly dispense both hot and cold water, among others.
- Efficient organization and dedicated task areas – The sheer breadth of organizational gadgets available on the market right now can be staggering. Whereas cabinets in the past were just basically simple wooden boxes mounted on a wall, today’s designs include everything from pull-out pantries, dedicated spice organizers, and multi-level interiors. Even the work triangle is getting an overhaul – state-of-the-art kitchens are borrowing another page from the restaurant kitchen design book by compartmentalizing the space for specific tasks like cleanup and preparation.