Top 10 Trends in Kitchen Design

If a kitchen remodel is on your list this year, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has rounded up the top trends. More Americans are favoring contemporary or transitional kitchen styles, according to research reported in the organization’s 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Report. Here’s a summary of the top 10 kitchen trends:

1. Clean & Simple
Clean lines, built-ins and simple door styles dominate kitchen designs. Contemporary- styled kitchens overtake traditional to be the second most popular design after transitional. Emerging are industrial and mid-century modern. Mountain modern and coastal are variations on contemporary.

2. White, Gray, Blue
White and gray painted cabinets dominate kitchen color schemes and show no signs of slowing down, especially gray. Blue painted and high gloss cabinets are emerging. For overall color schemes, blue as well as black are emerging.

3. Mixed Finishes
Two-toned kitchens are gaining in popularity. Also mixing it up: materials and metals, across surfaces and as accents. “White kitchens are never going away, but I’ve recommended mixed countertop materials, mixed cabinet colors and frequently use lots of light/dark materials for contrast,” said one survey respondent.

4. Metal Cabinets
While wood cabinets dominate kitchen designs, metal –currently a small segment of the cabinet market — appears to be emerging. Metal cabinets are most frequently specified by younger and male designers.

5. Furniture-style 
Furniture-look pieces, rollouts and pullouts and under cabinet lighting (LED) are among the most popular kitchen cabinet features. Use of crown molding is declining. Rustic and reclaimed woods were frequently mentioned. “Clean lines with no fussy moldings or trims,” underscored one survey respondent.

6. Quartz Countertops
Quartz is the most popular kitchen countertop material, and trending up. Granite, the second most popular countertop material, is trending down.

7. High-powered Cooking
Induction cooktops and convection ovens are trending higher, and microwave drawers are outpacing freestanding or built-in microwaves. Steam ovens still represent a small segment of the market, but are also trending higher.

8. Technology
Use of technology in the kitchen is increasing. About one-third of NKBA professionals included wiring and pathways for future tech integration. Also trending upwards: more Internet connected appliances and docking stations. “Homeowners want power strips under cabinets to eliminate outlets in the backsplash,” explained one NKBA professional about the increased demand for tech amenities in kitchens.

9. Barn Doors
Interior barn and pocket doors in kitchens are trending up.

10. Universal Design
Accessible and/or universal design features continue to trend up for kitchens. “Universal Design is commonplace among NKBA members, who serve clients by specifying spaces that are safe, as well as beautiful,” said Bill Darcy, CEO of NKBA. “They design for users of all ages and abilities.”

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