Beyond its functional aspect, the kitchen is this gathering place which revolves around the ever-present pleasure of cooking small and large dishes.

The chain of difficult events on a global scale has created a desire to take refuge in enveloping interiors. Clinical kitchens, monochrome and glossy, are well and truly a thing of the past. The farmhouse style, seen again and again, has become commonplace. The new layouts find their comfort in an in-between space made of cozy minimalism which alternates between clean lines and curves.

It’s time for transitional style: a marriage of contemporary and traditional with a dominance of one or the other. “We are in an interesting period which is shattering stereotypes in decoration,” says designer Manon Leblanc, new partner of Tendances Concept Montréal.

This desire for uniqueness becomes possible thanks to an increasingly diverse offering of devices and materials.

Although the partitioning of common rooms has been predicted for several years, the demand for open areas is still strong. In these conditions, the kitchen seeks to forget its function and to mold itself to the aesthetics of the living area. The upper boxes disappear in favor of floating shelves, wall lights and pictures. Shelves and glazed modules, in total transparency or in blurred glass, provide the transition with adjacent rooms and highlight glassware, cookbooks and other beautiful objects.

Storage is concentrated in the lower cabinets and floor-to-ceiling cabinets. These modules hide as many objects, small appliances and the pantry as possible. “There is generally a coffee area and a lunch area, when it is not also a bar area which includes a pantry,” explains the president of Richard

If space and budget permit, the ultimate is to plan the layout of a scullery which will serve, depending on its dimensions, as a pantry, storage for appliances and waste bins, and even secondary kitchen to carry out dirtier tasks. This configuration allows you to optimize storage and keep the main kitchen cleaner.

In any case, to improve the kitchen experience, you need to find what you need quickly and easily. Storage systems are becoming more and more sophisticated, notes Manon Leblanc.

Cabinet fronts are simplified with flat or minimally detailed surfaces. The shaker style, always present, is refined with finer contours. Added to this are grooved and fluted reliefs found on doors, but also on stone and wall panels.

The handles become more subtle or disappear completely, replaced by recesses on the facades. “Seventy percent of what we sell is either in the contemporary shaker style or in models with integrated handles,” observes Steven Kiekeman Fontaine, co-founder of Bokea. The company, which specializes in making doors to fit IKEA cabinets, produces many two-tone kitchens that combine wood with off-white or pale shades, such as pastels.

However, more vibrant colors are appearing on cabinets and counters, including deep reds verging on burgundy. For the majority of customers, the considerable investment represented by renovating a kitchen is, however, accompanied by long-term goals and simple choices. White, the classic of classics, is replaced by cream tones and warm grays to which green, including khaki, is added.