Everyday I get about 5 emails regarding design trends. Trends for colors, trends for flooring, trends in area rugs… well the one that usually catches my eye is the design trends for kitchen and bath. When remodeling your home, either for your own enjoyment or for resale the kitchen and bath are the two rooms that get payback. Trending in kitchen and bath design according to the NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) are some of the following:
Transitional Style continues to grow steadily again traditional. Transitional is a seamless blend of traditional and contemporary. A great design style to choose for your home to blend male and female style. A great way style that incorporates sleek modern finishes with antique pieces.
Gray, gray, gray – was is due to that crazy book or is it just a coincidence that the color gray is hot and continues to gain ground above, white, taupes and browns. A gray color scheme in the kitchen has been trending steady from 2010 when it was a mere 9%. In 2013 it has risen to 55% in the kitchen. For bathrooms, in 2010 the % was 12 and now is 56%. Gray is a fantastic color that can be used a neutral. Gray is complimentary to many colors in the color wheel making it easy for designers to work with.
Quartz Countertop in the kitchen and bath has taken a big leap. Many designer are reporting an 80% usage in kitchen with a 65% use in baths. Quartz is a great solid surface that puts its cousin granite for a run. Quartz like granite is stone. Quartz is only 93% stone and 7% resin and color. The best thing about quartz is that it requires no sealing and is rated high enough in sanitation that it can be used in surgical room.
One of my favorite materials to use for backsplashes in a kitchen is Glass! I love backsplash tiles that are glass mixed with other materials such as stone, or even stainless steel. With the combination of under cabinet lighting, glass tile picks up the light and reflects back into the room. Adding depth and eye candy if you want to a normally blank boring space.
Speaking of under cabinet lighting, more and more designer are specifying LED lighting. There are many great options for under cabinet lighting. Be sure to ask your kitchen designer for details on the possibilities.
The use of ceramic and porcelain tile in the bath is a hot trend. Using an under mount sink in the vanity is still a trend but integral bowls or fancy above the counter vessels are still trending.
The never ever ending question; White painted or wood tones for cabinetry. Well it continues for the third year in a row that painted white cabinetry is on the rise. Maybe it is not a trend? Maybe it will just become the standard. With an increase in 2012 of 13% to 55% and this year alone has increased to 67% . Overall painted finishes have taken a big increase over the traditional wood, great example of transitional design.
My thoughts on trends; remember to design your house based on the things that you love and want. Add a few trendy items in but you want the base to be about you. I always say that when someone walks into your home they want to be able to learn a little something about you. You want them to know who lives there. You can tell a lot about someone in the ways their home is designed and kept.
A couple great places to get inspiration for kitchen design ideas is Houzz. Here is link to my Houzz page: http://www.houzz.com/pro/kristinjudge/__public. Pinterest is another great social media site where I pin ideas and trends that I am keeping and eye on. http://www.pinterest.com/kristinjudge/. One place that I always go for ideas is Better Homes and Gardens – http://www.bhg.com/.
There are just so many options these days for kitchen and baths, my advice to you, take your time in the decision process and find a kitchen designer you can trust!