Seven Instagram-inspirations for your cool and connected kitchen

Forget food, here’s how to let technology take the top spot

Seven Insta inspirations for smart kitchens
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Instagram addiction. It’s epidemic. If we’re not scrolling through screengrabs of tomorrow’s lunch ideas we’re collating images for our next bathroom tiles crush. From kitchen interiors to a chef’s private servings the social media site is a window into tomorrow’s world and we can’t stop peeping.

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When it comes to the culinary room in the house, moons ago, tech would’ve hardly got a look in. Today new-fangled gadgets raise the heat in the kitchen making meals easier than ever before. But how do you ensure that flatbread machine doesn’t look out of place against the monochrome slate flagstones?

Put away the gaudy gadgets. We ate up Instagram in search of good-looking appliances and trend-spotted kitchens.

Minimal tones - maximum smart kettle

Up-and-coming scandi design blogger living_with_jen captures the potential for minimalism with the iKettle. The next gen device melts seamlessly in with the tiles and cabinetry of this quaint British kitchen. The combination of timeless white walls and the comforting wooden finish create the ideal nesting spot for any non-invasive neutral toned smart kitchen gadget.

Smart tap illumination

Smart home providers Cyelcor are all about elegant automation, blending all and any intelligent devices, from lighting to heating to sound systems, with an aesthetic design. Here, the soft grey tones show off flashes of sparkling metal, such as the copper pan and the silver, four-function smart taps. Likewise, the gentle glow of the neon blue on the tap’s interface add another welcome lick of illumination.

Sheer and smart fridges

As much as art and design zine ignant were in all likelihood paid to push this image of Samsung’s uber smart fridge it certainly shows off the way the silver sheen can perfectly bookend sheer white cabinetry whilst the in-set screen is the ideal design antidote for the clunky, obtuse fridges of yesterday.

Hiding tech with natural materials

The eyesore of any kitchen, the extractor fan is a tricky bit of design to master. Hell-bent on getting the latest smart oven, it’s worth paying the design fairies to get it right. The shelf extractor fan is the Danish design solution, with the raw steel sitting perfectly alongside stark white walls and leather-fronted units. Award winning interiors account mad_about_the_house gives a light and breezy option with her island-topping fade-to-the-ceiling fan. Whilst the Ico Wall Kitchen Hood by Elica (below) is the future-facing choice with it’s tight to the wall sleek design it’s the ideal playmate for an integrated cooker worktop.

Embracing a smart statement

When it comes to introducing a large appliance, such as a smart fridge, it’s worth giving into the statement design and investing in a refurb. Monica Galetti, chef and judge on MasterChef: The Professionals took that idea one step further when she showcased her personal kitchen on manufacturer Miele’s design blog, Der Kern. The gentle monochrome tones and smooth and glossy worktops team up to conceal Galetti’s exhaustive list of a modern chef’s required appliances including a warming drawer, barbecue grill, combination steam oven, sous vide vacuum sealing drawer, and wine conditioning unit. Integrated. It’s the only way to be.

Hidden buttons

This blink and you’ll miss it shot of the Amazon Dash Button, the dinky device designed to make ordering products super quick and easy, from beer to cat food, proves the little fella blends into any kitchen design. Identified by a product’s logo when left hanging on a hook like a keychain the button’s diminutive design could genuinely be the ideal compact fit for busy or even neat and tidy kitchens.

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