Contemporary aesthetics are more popular than traditional styling in both the kitchen and the bathroom, according to the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Report from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). The report identified the top 10 trends in the industry this year.
Although traditional features are preferred in other areas of the house, new smart technology and appliances are preferred in kitchens and bathrooms; future tech integration within kitchens, such as hidden power strips, docking stations, and internet-connected electronics are being included more by pros. Also popular are induction cook tops, microwave drawers, and steam ovens with respondents preferring a contemporary look of clean lines, built-ins, and simple door styles.
Whites and grays remain top color choices, with blue hues gaining in popularity on painted cabinets; softer, cooler colors are most popular.
Two-tone kitchens are also popular, as well as mixing wood and metal surfaces as well as metal cabinetry. Furniture-look pieces, rollouts, pullouts, and under-cabinet LED lighting are also on-trend cabinet features. Barn doors and pocket doors are becoming increasingly more popular.
Quartz is the hottest kitchen counter top material over granite, as it is maintenance-free.
Linen storage cabinets and wood vanities are popular storage solutions. Floating vanities and open shelving are emerging; under-mount bathroom sinks and trough sinks are up while vessel and pedestal sinks are down.
High-quality vinyl flooring , warm as it is practical, is a much better material than it once was and is receiving a new appreciation.
White fixtures are up as well as brushed brass, gold finishes and designer faucet colors; bone and bisque-colored fixtures are trending down.
Universal Design features are more in demand, such as comfort height toilets, no-threshold showers with seats. Water-saving toilets and faucets, radiant floor heating, and video, audio, and wiring pathways for future integration were also popular among respondents.
More than half of the NKBA members surveyed said that they had removed a tub or whirlpool in a bathroom remodel during the past year, in order to save space for a bigger shower, often with flush flooring throughout the room and to make the bathroom look more spacious.
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Summarized from Professional Builder magazine article in March 2017 (Michael Chamernik)