The latest trends in kitchens and baths has been published in the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) report. Over three hundred NKBA members from the United States and Canada answered the survey as to the design styles, materials and product types they are currently using the most. View the list to see what is popular in 2013.
At the top of the survey was the white painted cabinets. This design feature is up from 59 percent in 2012 to 67 percent in 2013. Shown is Wellborn’s Rose Hall Square cabinets, solid wood and available in paint, stain or glaze finishes.
Touch-activated faucets turn on the water with a single touch anywhere along the handle or spout. To turn the water off, touch it again. Shown is the graceful Delta Addison Single-Handle Pull-Down kitchen faucet in stainless steel for $390.20. It is so popular that it is out of stock on Home Depot online ordering.
Preferences for glass backsplashes has been increasing since 2010. Ceramic and porcelain tiles still remain near the top but their use is falling. These glass backsplash tiles come in mixed mediums with contemporary style, combining “form and function, as well as art and aesthetic.”
Shown is the EPOCH Brushstrokes Chiarro-1502-S Strips Mosaic Glass Mesh Mounted 4 inch x 4 inch tile. Also available are glass and stone and glass and marble.
Granite remains popular but quartz is gaining. Kitchen use increased from 69 percent in 2012 to 80 percent in 2013; bath use from 53 percent to 65 percent. Quartz is the only countertop surface with built-in antimicrobial production protection and it is non-porous with “superior performance against staining, scratching and scorching.” Unlike granite, it is maintenance-free and needs no sealing or special cleaners.
Shown is the Silestone Quartz countertop in Quasar color. It is available in over 70 colors and 3 textures.
Popular in Europe, gray color schemes have escalated in the United States since 2010, especially in 2013. Survey respondents said over half of their clients’ baths and kitchens are shades of gray and it is the third most popular color after white and beige.
Shown is YOLO’s (You Only Live Once) gray Colorhouse 1-Gallon Stone .07 Flat Interior Paint, from the “stone” collection. It is zero VOC, low-odor, and EcoOptions certified acrylic latex paint.
Porcelain tiles imitate the look of natural stone, are durable, easy to maintain, and have microban antimicrobial technology to keep them cleaner between washing.
Shown is Daltile’s 12 inch x 12 inch Folkstone Sandy Beach Porcelain Tile at $28.38 a case.
LED lighting remains popular for the amount of light supplied with less energy used. Track lighting can be shaped where the light is needed, over counters or islands.
Shown is the Hampton Bay 12 foot Brushed Steel Flex Track Starter Kit for $79. One person reviewing it said they used a coupler and combined the original 12 foot track for a total of 18 feet, with GU10 LED lights covering the kitchen and only 27 watts total.