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2013 Kitchen & Bath Trends

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) released its annual report for the top home trends in 2013.  Interest in white-painted cabinetry has increased along with using gray as a foundation color.  The survey confirmed there’s a new neutral color, that white is still at the top, and what the top design styles in kitchens and bathrooms are.

Over 300 NKBA member-designers from the US and Canada participated in this survey and it outlines the materials, product types, and design styles they sold during the last quarter of 2012.  John Morgan (2012 NKBA president) said, “As members of the NKBA, the kitchen and bath industry’s foremost professional association, our designers demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in kitchen and bath design.  They excel in evaluating homeowners’ specific needs and creating designs that inspire.  It will be interesting to discover the trends that emerge from the rich experience of these creative, talented individuals.”

The New Neutral

Gray color schemes in kitchens and baths have increased dramatically since 2010, more so over the last year.  As reported by designers, 55 percent of kitchens and 56 percent of bathrooms “use shades of gray to create chic, sophisticated spaces.”  In 2010, this color choice was used in only 9 percent of kitchens and 12 percent of bathrooms.

Gray comes in third to the most popular color scheme.  White and off-white are still at the top with 73 percent of kitchens and 71 percent of bathrooms using these color schemes in their design.  Beige and bone are the second most popular color choices for kitchens and bathrooms.

White’s Still Top Color

Since white is still the top choice, it’s not surprising that white-painted cabinets have remained a top choice since last year.  The demand has increased from 47 percent in 2011 to 59 percent in 2012, and increased even more to 67 percent this year.  Wood tones are consistent compared to last year. Light cabinetry finishes are used by 30 percent, medium finishes by 54 percent, and dark finishes by 55 percent of the designers.  Glaze finishes increased from 44 percent to 48 percent.

Style Options

Transitional styling which is the combination of traditional and contemporary is in.  In 2010 and 2011 traditional design was more popular.  In 2012 transitional design became more popular and is used by 69 percent of kitchen designers and 61 percent of bathroom designers.  Traditional styles are used by 60 percent of kitchen and 58 percent of bathroom designers.  Contemporary style is used by 52 percent in kitchens and 57 percent in bathrooms.


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