BETHLEHEM, PA — Kitchens and baths “are bigger and more involved” these days – a reflection of consumer demand for spaces that are multi-functional and meet at-home work, education and entertaining needs.
That’s the key conclusion of the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s “2023 Design Trends” research report, an annual report that offers insights into the styles, colors, product features, materials and technology expected to dominate kitchen and bath design over the next two to three years.
The report, according to the Bethlehem, PA-based NKBA, is based on the findings of an online survey conducted among nearly 600 members, including designers, showrooms, dealers, specialists, manufacturers, kitchen and bath remodelers/contractors and architects.
According to Tricia Zach, head of research for the NKBA, the study revealed, among other findings, that homeowners are seeking expanded spaces – “opening up the look and feel of the kitchen and bath, while also expanding the functionality of each to accommodate the changing nature of the home.
“For kitchens, this means adding larger or double islands and walk-in pantries,” said Zach. “For baths, it means adding a closet, dressing area and/or sitting room.”
Other key findings of the 2023 Design Trends report, Zach said, include the following:
- Vibrant Design: Combining multiple design elements and materials along with bold accents and splashes of color and texture, are increasingly a factor in kitchens and baths. So is combining design styles – for example, Modern Farmhouse, Classic Contemporary, Organic Modern, Simple Transition and Nature Inspired – to create an updated look and feel.
- Sustainability Matters: Kitchen and bath clients are paying closer attention to more sustainable products and solutions, including LED lighting, energy-efficient appliances, VOC-free paints, low-E windows, and EPA “WaterSense” faucets
- Wellness Drives Design: Homeowners are seeking sanctuary, especially in the primary bath where designers are creating spa-like experiences that offer clients a retreat for the mind and body. Sanitary/easy-to-clean surfaces are in high demand, as are larger windows connecting to the outdoors and windows, and earthy, muted colors and light wood tones that create natural, calming designs.
- Tech to Make Life Easier: Technology continues to play a growing role in kitchens and baths, with consumers seeking a customized environment that includes such features as app/voice controls for lighting, water, and floor temperatures, as well as humidity monitoring, touchless faucets, and water conservation technology.
- Spa-like Features in Showers: Homeowners are increasingly requesting large two-person showers, custom seats, multiple showerheads, zero clearance, and steam/thermostatic showers.