Time for a kitchen update: The heart of the home gets new color, cubbies, connectivity

  • This image released by Samsung shows a kitchen designed with the Samsung’s Family Hub, which allows you to control all of your smart appliances and devices, stream music, mirror your TV, share pictures, search recipes and order groceries. The fridge becomes more than a storage appliance and more of a home’s control center. (Samsung via AP)

  • This image released by Bakes & Kropp shows a sleek, modern kitchen combining Bakes & Kropp’s Cucina cabinets in both a high gloss finish and a pearl walnut finish, with a brushed steel and walnut range hood. Along with integrated refrigerators from Sub-Zero, a Wolf range, and quartz countertops, the kitchen is sophisticated, stylish and highly functional. (Brandon C. Tobin/Bakes & Kropp via AP)

  • This image released by Bakes & Kropp shows the Cold Spring Harbor kitchen with hutch cabinetry and a coffee bar painted in Benjamin Moore’s fresh, cheerful Geranium, with white Farrow & Ball’s Lime White on the island and perimeter cabinets. Large lighting fixtures, like these from Hudson Lighting, add punctuation to the dramatic yet homey overall design. (Brandon C. Tobin /Bakes & Kropp via AP)

  • This image provided by Bakes & Kropp shows a pantry room with cabinetry in satin-finished Midnight Dream paint. Counters and backsplash are quartz, providing an attractive counterpoint. Once a relatively high-end kitchen feature, pantries are now increasingly popular as homeowners multi-task in the main kitchen area and want to get the clutter and messier aspects out of the way. (Allyson Lublow/Bakes & Kropp/via AP)

  • In architect Mary Maydan’s family home in Palo Alto, California, white oak floors by Italian supplier Listone Giordano provide the grounding for a kitchen replete with interesting textural pieces and design highlights in a pleasing palette of white, dark gray and walnut. Open shelves and floating box cabinets are artful display elements. Maydan Architects custom dining table, chairs by Tonon Italia, a hanging fixture by Sonneman, and gray porcelain slab backsplash. (John Sutton/Maydan Architects/via AP)

  • This image released by Fresh Twist Studio shows a kitchen design with woven Palecek kitchen stools and a striking midnight blue stone island to balance the extensive Shaker-style white and glass cabinetry. The brass-toned lining of the pendant fixtures from Circa Lighting is echoed in the cabinet hardware. (Aimee Mazzenga/Fresh Twist Studio via AP)

As French chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud puts it, “Kitchens should be designed around what’s truly important — fun, food, and life.”