During a recent Design Trends Survey from the NKBA, over 350 member designers identified the materials, types and styles that they’ve incorporated into kitchen and bath designs in the last 3 months of 2011. Below is a recap of the 10 overall trends for kitchens and bathrooms across the US and including Canada.
Cherry Wood Sours
Cherry wood cabinetry has enjoyed being first or second on the list for quite some time, often directly competing with maple. However, designers are seeing a shift away from cherry wood. With a drop from 80% in early 2010 to 72% in 2011, heading into 2012, that number has fallen even more to 69%. While no one wood preference has overtaken cherry wood, instead designers are seeing an increase in other woods, such as oak, walnut, birch and bamboo.
Movement towards the Dark Side
Only two years ago, dark natural finishes were specified by only 43% of designers. Today, however, that number has jumped to 58% and designers are seeing a decline in light natural finishes. For painted cabinetry, white continues to be the most popular option and distressed finishes seem to be making a comeback.
Glass as a Backsplash
More than half (52%) of kitchen designers report using glass as a backsplash material, up from 41% just a year ago. Granite and quartz are also rising in popularity due to their high use as countertop materials.
Energy-Efficiency is Not a Fad
One real trend that is taking hold in home across the US and Canada is LED lighting. Over the past year, the rate reported by NKBA member kitchen designers has jumped from 54% to 70%.
Pull-Out Faucets Take the Lead
The standard kitchen faucet is being over-shadowed by pull-out faucets. In fact, 14 out of every 15 designers incorporated a pull-out faucet in 2011. Rather than the standard faucet with a detached side spray, integrating these two functions into a single unit seems to be the trend these days.
The Return of the Medicine Cabinet
Once swept aside in bathroom remodels, homeowners looking for more efficient use of space has caused a resurgence in the use of medicine cabinets to gain additional storage without installing separate shelving or cabinetry.
Out with Traditional, In with Transitional
For the first time in the history of this survey, traditional is no longer the most popular type of design. In both the kitchen and the bathroom, transitional has become the most common style. Transitional can be described as a blend of traditional and contemporary, using lines that are simpler than traditional, but more elaborate than contemporary in order to create a modern and classy look.
Solid Surfaces Still Going Strong
The use of solid surfaces is a trend that’s grown even stronger than it was a year ago. The use of solid surfaces, such as granite, quartz, marble and glass has increased to 30% in kitchens and 34% in bathrooms from 26% and 34% last year.
Shades of Grey
While whites and off-whites continue to be the most popular color schemes used in kitchens and bathrooms, gray tones have been become a very popular choice. They can be quite attractive and still give a distinguished look without becoming overpowering.
Polished Chrome is Making a Comeback
Once surpassed by brushed metal finishes, polished chrome is on the verge of a comeback. In the bathroom, polished chrome has seen an increase from 46% to 65% over the past year. Bronze finishes also continue to be popular in both the kitchen and the bathroom.
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