Trends Shaping the Industry

February 08, 2016

Published on K+BB

For the 2016 NKBA Design Trends Survey, more than 450 NKBA members from across the country reported the materials, product types and design styles they specified during the past year in response to changing consumer preferences. Ideal for identifying trends in kitchens in the $20,000 to $49,000 price range and up, as well as bathrooms in the $10,000 to $30,000 range and up, these findings help spotlight dominant preferences in several different types of households.

View a gallery of a NKBA insider’s insights here.

Top 10 Kitchen Trends for 2016

1.    Transitional style, clean lines and less ornamentation

2.    Two or more cabinet colors/finishes in the same kitchen, often in a light/dark combo

3.    Pullouts, tilt-outs and tilt-ins for ease of storage, trash and recycling

4.    The look of wood flooring dominates, be it actual wood or wood-look ceramic tile.

5.    Different countertops for islands and the perimeter, varying in both color and material

6.    Outdoor kitchens, most popular in the Southeast

7.    Built-in coffee stations and wet bars, as well as built0in wine refrigerators

8.    Pocket doors

9.    Pet spaces, including built-in feeding stations, food storage and crates

10.    Docking and charging stations

Top Bathroom Trends for 2016

1.    Greater acceptance of aging-in-place amenities: no threshold shower, grab bars, higher vanity heights, chair-height toilets

2.    Transitional is pulling away from contemporary. Transitional is the most popular style

3.    Neutral colors rule in the bath, with white as the most popular fixture color.

4.    More open shelving and floating vanities

5.    More built-in storage functionality: more rollout shelves in bath cabinetry, more hidden electrical outlets for blow dryers, etc.

6.    Undermount sinks are the most popular sink style, with a trough sink emerging.

7.    When tubs are installed in master bathrooms, they are most likely to be freestanding.

8.    Increasing use of shower amenities

9.    Polished chrome is the most popular faucet finish.

10.    Other popular amenities include easy maintenance features, electric radiant floor heating and a TV in the mirror.

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Houzz Survey Reveals Emergence of the Super Kitchen

Homeowners are renovating their kitchens to create a “super kitchen” that not only serves multiple purposes but also incorporates features, functions and decor traditionally associated with other rooms, dramatically blurring the lines between the kitchen and other living spaces, according to the 2016 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Survey. 

The survey of more than 2,400 U.S. homeowners using Houzz who are in the midst of, are planning or recently completed a kitchen renovation project found that these kitchens go far beyond cooking and baking, with 69 percent using the space for eating and dining, and nearly half for entertaining (49 percent) and socializing (43 percent). In addition, more than a quarter of renovating homeowners use their kitchen as a homework space (25 percent), one in five watch TV (19 percent) and 14 percent read. As the hub of such activity, nearly two-thirds of homeowners spend more than three hours a day in their kitchens (60 percent).

Further blurring the lines between the functional and living areas of their homes, nearly half of renovating homeowners are making their kitchens more open to other living spaces (48 percent), with 46 percent of kitchens completely open to other interior spaces post-renovation. One in five updated kitchens is also more open to the outdoors following their upgrades (18 percent).

Many homeowners are adding features traditionally associated with living and dining rooms to their updated kitchens, including dining tables (25 percent), chandeliers (23 percent), TVs (14 percent) and desks/workspaces (7 percent). Customized features that support entertaining are also popular, including wine refrigerators (11 percent) and built-in stations for coffee/tea (10 percent). 

Additionally, homeowners are updating the design of the kitchen to integrate with the rest of the home, which 45 percent of renovating homeowners rate as a top design aspect for their updated kitchen. This includes installing custom-made cabinetry (44 percent of homeowners updating cabinets) and hardwood flooring (34 percent of homeowners upgrading floors).

“The modern ‘super kitchen’ supports family, friends and work and does it in style,” said Nino Sitchinava, principal economist at Houzz. “Our findings show that homeowners expect kitchen renovations to go far beyond improving flow, storage or aesthetics. The ‘super kitchen’ has literally become a living room, family room and office, with finishes, layouts and decor that challenge us to define where the kitchen ends and the rest of the home begins.”

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4 Kitchen Trends and How to Use Them

Design trends we like from Better Homes & Gardens
Better Homes and Gardens teamed with designers Jen Ziemer and Andrea Dixon of Minneapolis-based Fiddlehead Design Group to create the BHG Innovation Kitchen for the May 2014 issue. Here’s a peek at the kitchen and their take on kitchen trends.

“As interior designers, we are constantly asked about current trends” Ziemer and Dixon said. “While we love incorporating these ideas where we can, when it comes to kitchen design, function comes first. At Fiddlehead, however, we think it’s always trendy to be functional! Here are some ways you can include current kitchen trends in your space.”

Consistent Island Height
“We chose to keep the island in the BHG kitchen a consistent 36″ standard countertop height” said Ziemer and Dixon. “Gone are the days of the multi-level island with raised bar seating for the kids. Not only are those bar stools hard to maneuver, but the higher countertop section breaks up what could be a larger prep space, buffet top and/or homework station. Height consistency at the island allows for a more practical and multi-functional centerpiece for what is typically the hub of the home.”

Open Shelving
“A kitchen-full of cabinetry can become overwhelming. We decided to use open shelving in lieu of upper cabinets in the BHG kitchen in order to create a lighter, more decorative look. Our clients are really embracing this trend as it can be both functional and attractive. A bonus is that it’s also less expensive than using traditional upper cabinets,” Ziemer added. “So go ahead, buy those new dishes you’ve been eyeing! Open shelves are also a great place to show off your personality and add some pops of color to what can be a very utilitarian space.”

Cabinet Drawer Bases
“Like most kitchens we are designing, we decided to incorporate base drawers instead of doors. Not only do we love how the drawers line up with one another, but they serve a functional purpose as well. Instead of opening a cabinet door and bending down to look inside or pulling out a roll-out shelf, you can gain access to the cabinet in one, simple motion. You are also able to utilize more of the cabinet interior without having roll out hardware that takes up valuable space. There are so many wonderful, after-market products that allow you to customize the drawers to hold dinner plates, bowls, etc.” said Ziemer and Dixon.

Multi-Purpose Pantry Space
Ziemer and Dixon also recommend a multi-purpose pantry space. “For the BHG kitchen we were fortunate to have enough square footage to create a large, multi-functional pantry area. A lot is happening in this back room; laundry, folding, gardening, storage, list-making, etc. We designed it to be directly adjacent to the kitchen and incorporated an interior window that unifies the two spaces and allows natural light to flow. We included another popular trend, the sliding barn door, for those times when you need to close off the mess. Not only is this functional, but also allows you to pop a fun color!”



The New Shades of Grey

The new shades of grey used in this kitchen are very popular and available at Kitchen Expo! Rustic Kitchen by Joan Behnke & Associates Inc., as seen in Architectural Digest Magazine.

In Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady’s Los Angeles home, antique Tunisian tile from Exquisite Surfaces makes a lively backsplash in the kitchen, which is appointed with Formations pendant lights, marble countertops from Compas Architectural Stone, custom-made alder cabinetry, an oak island, and a Wolf range.


Dekton by Cosentino introduces new colors and patterns

Dekton, a special collection offered by Cosentino’s Silestone brand, has expanded its countertop options with the introduction of ten exciting new colors. This stunning new collection represents the latest color and pattern trends. From solid natural hues to complex patterns, these new Dekton products are on the leading edge of kitchen style.


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