The National Kitchen and Bath Association polled 100 of its members who designed kitchens or bathrooms during the last three months of 2010. From those surveys, trends in kitchen/bath design were found nationwide, not just by geographic areas. We checked with designers Kris Keith and Becky Worley at Classic Cabinetry on Broad Street to see whether these trends had made their way into local home remodels and new builds. Classic Cabinetry is an NKBA member, though these designers were not participants in this survey.
The trend: The incorporation of wine refrigerators into kitchen design is on the decline, while unchilled wine storage is growing in popularity. Although 51 percent of the designers said they incorporated wine storage areas into kitchens in 2010, undercounter wine refrigerators fell from 50 percent to 36 percent. Other cabinetry options falling out of favor: lazy Susans, pullout racks and appliance garages.
The trend: The French-door refrigerator (a half-and-half armoire style with a double-door refrigerator on top and freezer on bottom) has strengthened its position as the type most often chosen for kitchens, jumping from 67 to 78 percent of respondents. Freezer-top refrigerators were specified by only 8 percent of designers; side-by-side units rose slightly from 46 to 49 percent.
The trend: Induction cooktops haven't overtaken gas models, but they're closing the gap.
The trend: Incandescent lighting continues its journey to obsolescence; the use of light-emitting diode lighting is up.
The trend: 89 percent of kitchens designed by survey respondents including trash or recycling pullouts. Garbage disposals were incorporated by 86 percent of designers, up from 75 percent the previous year.
The trend: Quartz continues to take away market share from granite in bathroom vanity tops. In 2009, 85 percent of designers incorporated granite into a design, compared to 48 percent in quartz. Last year that gap narrowed to 83 percent granite and 54 percent quartz.
Baths go Green
The trend: Green bathrooms now refer to color palette, not necessarily that they are eco-friendly. White and beige remain the most commonly used color tones in baths, but green was chosen by 24 percent of designers as the coming trend. On the way out: brown.
Sinks: in or out
The trend: Under-mount sinks continue to dominate newly remodeled bathrooms, but vessel sinks have become the clear second choice among designers.
"The vessel sink looks like a bowl sitting on top of the countertop. We rarely use vessel bowls in master baths or secondary baths. They are primarily used in powder rooms where you want to make a statement. Homeowners don't prefer vessel sinks because they require constant cleaning around them."
In for a nickel
The trend: The percentage of designers who specified satin-nickel faucets rose from 41 percent to 63 percent in kitchens and 45 percent to 57 percent in baths. Brushed-nickel faucets fell noticeably.