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National Kitchen & Bath Association Reports Trends for 2010
Results are in from a recent survey of designers conducted by the National Kitchen
& Bath Association to reveal the key design trends for 2010
Hackettstown, N.J., Jan. 12, 2010 - The results are in from a recent
survey of designers conducted by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA)
to reveal the key design trends for 2010. The results of the NKBA 2010 Kitchen &
Bath Design Trends Survey confirmed the continuation of a number of existing trends
in the marketplace, but also uncovered others that indicate shifts in the direction
that kitchen and bath style will take this year. Below are 2010's seven kitchen
trends and four bath trends.
1. Traditional is the New Contemporary
Traditional will continue as the most popular kitchen design style in 2010, with
contemporary following closely behind, while the Shaker style is seeing a surprisingly
strong resurgence. Shades of whites and off-whites will be the most common kitchen
colors in 2010, while brown, beige, and bone hues will also be popular.
2. Cherry on Top
Cherry will remain the most popular wood for kitchen cabinetry, followed closely
by maple, while alder increases in use. As for the finishes placed on those cabinets,
medium natural, dark natural, glazed, and white painted will all be common. Other
colors of painted cabinetry and light natural finishes are in decline, however,
as are distressed finishes.
3. Floored by Tile
Ceramic and porcelain tile, as well as natural stone tile, remain popular kitchen
flooring options, but hardwood will dominate the kitchen landscape more than ever
in 2010. For countertops, granite continues to be the most popular option, but quartz
will nearly catch up in popularity. For backsplashes, ceramic or porcelain tile
and glass will serve as the primary materials.
4. Flexible Faucets
Standard kitchen faucets will become less standard in 2010 in favor of more convenient
models. Pull-out faucets continue to increase their market dominance, while pot
filler faucets will also become more prevalent. Kitchen faucets will most often
be finished in brushed nickel, followed by stainless steel, satin nickel, and —
surprisingly — polished chrome.
5. Undercounter Refrigeration
French door and freezer-bottom are the two most popular styles of refrigerators,
and side-by-side refrigerators remain a popular option. A surprising trend is the
extent to which undercounter refrigerator drawers are being used in the latest kitchen
designs. Perhaps even more surprising is that undercounter wine refrigerators have
been recently specified by half of kitchen designers.
6. A Range of Cooking Options
The tried-and-true range continues to serve as the workhorse for cooking, although
the combination of a cooktop and wall oven is beginning to overtake it. Gas will
maintain its position as the most popular type of cooktop over electric, although
induction cooking continues to gain in popularity due to its energy efficiency.
Standard dishwashers, with the traditional door that pulls from the top down, will
once again be easily the most common type in 2010. However, an increasing number
of dishwasher drawers will be installed in kitchens this year for their convenience
and their ability to wash small loads of dishes in each drawer, thereby saving water
1. In With the Old, Out with the New
Traditional will be the most popular design style in bathrooms in 2010, as contemporary
designs will be a distant second, followed by the Shaker style as an even more distant
third. Beiges and bones will be the most common colors used in bathrooms, followed
by whites and off-whites, and then by browns, indicating a somewhat subdued color
palette this year.
2. Ceramic and Granite
Ceramic and porcelain tile will be the dominant flooring materials in bathrooms
this year, while natural stone will continue to prove popular as well. Though increasingly
popular in kitchens, hardwood flooring won't become common in bathrooms in 2010.
For vanity tops, granite will remain king, with quartz and marble also proving popular
3. Simple Fixtures
Perhaps more than ever, the most common color for fixtures will be white. Bisque
and off-white will be the only other fixture colors at all common in new or remodeled
bathroom. For sinks, simple undermount models will be most popular, followed by
integrated sink tops, drop-in sinks, vessel sinks, and pedestal sinks.
4. A Nickel for Every Finish
Faucet finishes in the bathroom are similar to those used in current kitchen designs,
with brushed nickel continuing to lead the way in 2010. Polished chrome and satin
nickel will also be incorporated into many bathrooms, just as they had been throughout
2009. These faucet finishes will be followed by bronze and stainless steel.