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Kitchen & Bath

Tech Integration & Ditch the Tub The NKBA reveals top 10 trends for kitchens and bathrooms by Judy Penz Sheluk

Since its founding in 1963, the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) has tracked kitchen and bathroom trends. The 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends survey was fielded online to members during August 2016, representing multiple industry segments from across North America. This study is most valuable in identifying trends among kitchens in the $20,000-$49,000+ price range and bathrooms in the $10,000-$30,000+ range. Design: Gina Bon Photo: Sherie Cervantes


Clean lines, built-ins and simple door styles.

segment of the market, but are also trending

“Clean lines with no fussy mouldings or

Transitional leads the way, with contemporary-


trims,” underscored one survey respondent.

styled kitchens overtaking traditional styling as

Use of technology in the kitchen is increas-

“White kitchens are never going away, but I’ve

the second most popular design; industrial and

ing. About one third of NKBA professionals

recommended mixed countertop materials,

mid-century modern is emerging.

included wiring and pathways for future tech

mixed cabinet colours and frequently use lots

White-and-gray-painted cabinets dominate

integration. Also trending upwards: more

of light/dark materials for contrast.” Here’s

kitchen colour schemes and show no signs

Internet-connected appliances and docking

what else is trending:

of slowing down, especially gray. For over-

stations, as well as power strips under cabinets

all colour schemes, both blue and black are

to eliminate outlets in the backsplash.


Interior barn and pocket doors in kitchens

Two-toned coloured kitchens are on the rise;

are trending up.

high gloss finishes gaining in popularity.

Accessible and/or universal design features

Metal cabinets, currently a small segment of

continue to trend up, with designs specified for

the cabinet market, appear to be emerging;

all ages and abilities.

most frequently specified by younger and male designers. The use of reclaimed woods, as well as using different combinations of materials and metals across surfaces and as accents, is also emerging.

Furniture-look pieces, rollouts and pullouts

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the most popular kitchen cabinet features. Use of crown moulding is declining. Rustic and reclaimed woods were frequently mentioned.

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

Induction cooktops and convection ovens are trending higher, and microwave drawers are outpacing free-standing or built-in microwaves. Steam ovens still represent a small

Design: Robin R. Fisher Photo: Dale Lang

Design: Leslie Lamarre Photo: Bernard Andre

and under-cabinet lighting (LED) are among

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