Spring cleaning meets the decluttering movement
The “less is more” revolution has brought us the phenomenon that is the tiny home movement. But for the Americans who can’t whittle their homes down to 300 square feet, there’s the decluttering movement.
Decluttering is a bona fide social movement, thanks partly to the success of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” which New York Times no. 1 best seller among advice and how-to books, with 72 weeks on the charts. The popularity of Marie Kondo’s tome to organizational bliss – the book that schools American consumers in the art of Japanese-style decluttering – might have a long-lasting impact on spring cleaning.
For the home improvement retailers already accustomed to decking out their endcaps in mops, brooms and plastic storage systems, an opportunity has presented itself to make decluttering missions easier for the determined consumer.
Belmont, North Carolina-based Federal Brace is on board. It’s new Closet Bracket Line holds up to 500 pounds each and can be used to organize toys, bikes or tools in the garage or anywhere in need of decluttering.
Jenn-Air introduces its first Wi-Fi enabled fridge
Jenn-Air has followed up its recent release of a connected wall oven with the introduction of its first Wi-Fi enabled refrigerator.
The new 72-inch counter-depth French door refrigerator will feature the brand's Obsidian interior, as well as wireless connectivity and a fully functioning application for IOS and Android devices.
"While unexpected in a refrigerator interior, black really adds a modern sophistication that has been very well-received by designers and high-end consumers alike," notes Jenn-Air marketing director Brian Maynard. "We're excited to broaden our Obsidian options with a counter-depth model that we've elevated to a new level with intelligent connectivity."
Using the mobile app, users will be able to view and remotely control the status of activated settings. Users can choose from a range of notifications to receive, such as a door that's been left open or a loss of connectivity. A special mode allows for remotely activating specific appliance behavior, such as making extra ice when entertaining or decreasing refrigerator temperatures in anticipation of doors being open more frequently.
Additionally, the app can optimize settings depending on the food inside, such as a Max Cool setting that lowers the temperature prior to returning home with a large batch of groceries.
Quick access to online support and instructions also provides features such as live links to purchase items like water and air filters.
Other features include the TwinFresh Climate Control System for separate evaporators in the refrigerator and freezer compartments, two Humidiseal drawers that provide a higher humidity for produce, soft-close refrigerator and freezer drawers, integrated cabinet LED strip lighting and more.
Merillat points to paint trend in kitchen cabinets
Merillat Cabinetry is prognosticating a continued push in the use of paint in kitchen cabinets after noticing the trend in its own 2015 sales.
According to the company, paint should continue to gain in popularity throughout 2016.
"Currently, Merillat Cabinetry's Cotton White finish is one of our best-selling paints and dominates all markets in the U.S.," said Lori Salem, manager of design services at Merillat Cabinetry. "White paint is a trend that is remaining strong into 2016 so far, and we don't see it slowing down any time soon."
Merillat also noted the quickly burgeoning trend of two-toned kitchens, particularly blends of warm neutrals with clean, bright finishes. Merillat Cabinetry saw demand for this trend growing rapidly, responding with the release of Shale; a new neutral paint that complements a range of palettes.
"We released Shale in mid-2015 to meet the demand for a new, impactful neutral. Something that can really bring a kitchen together," said Salem. "We wanted to create something that met the needs of our customers and to show them we are listening."