Has The Kitchen become The New Man Cave?

February 1, 2016

Perhaps Home Improvement was onto something when they invented the ‘Man’s Kitchen’ all the way back in 1994. Having an at-home butcher in the fridge or a food selection of only beans, potatoes, and meat was probably a little extreme, but the sentiment still rings true; men are spending more time in the kitchen.

According to a study conducted in 2012 by the University of Michigan of Americans born between 1961 and 1981, married and single men cook an average of about eight meals a week. This newfound love of cooking for men has begun to influence what the more desirable design choices for a kitchen are, Realtor.com reports.

Flat-front cabinetry, counters with mitered edges, high-contrast palettes, and large, simple pulls are all in. Kitchens have become “more tailored, more masculine, more streamlined,” according to Young Huh, a New York designer and member of a new trend-forecasting panel for the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

Another design aesthetic some kitchens are beginning to mimic, high-performance sports cars, are yet another signal that men are beginning to migrate from the garage to the kitchen.

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