More than 350 National Kitchen & Bath
Association member designers took part in the 2012 NKBA Design
Trends Survey to cite the materials, product types, and styles that
they’ve incorporated into their kitchen and bath designs over the
final three months of 2011. The following are 10 overall trends for kitchens
and baths across the United States and Canada.
1. Cherry wood use in decline but no other wood really dominates.
The use of oak and bamboo is on the rise.
2. Move to Darker finishes for cabinetry, distressed finishes are
making a comeback and white is still the popular choice for painted
3. Glass backsplashes
have been used by more than half of kitchen designers surveyed and
have become almost as popular as natural stone. The use of ceramic
tile continues to decline from 78% one year ago and 88% two years
4. LED lighting is the choice for energy efficient lighting.
5. Pull out faucets that integrate two functions: 14 of out every 15
designers who designed a kitchen over the final three months of 2011
incorporated a pull-out faucet. These versatile models might also be
mitigating the need for pot-filler faucets, which have been recently
specified by just 28% of designers, down from 41% two years ago.
6. Medicine cabinets are coming back as homeowners look for more
efficient use of space and designers seek an effective way to gain
additional storage without changing the foot print of the room.
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7. Transitional design is now the most popular style of design.
Transitional is a blend of traditional and contemporary, typified by
lines that are simpler than traditional but more elaborate then
contemporary in order to create a modern classic look.
8. Solid surfaces a year ago their use was a key trend in the
kitchen this year it's even stronger. Granite and quartz continue to
be the clear first and second choices.
9. Gray and its many shades are the popular choice followed by
whites and off-whites.
10. Polished chrome is over taking brushed metals. In the bathroom
use increased from 46% to 65% over the previous year. And in the
kitchen 52% of designers specified polished chrome compared to only
34% last year.
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