Survey Pinpoints Key 2017 Kitchen Trends

by Ashley Lapin Olian
Quartz countertops and blue painted cabinetry

ORLANDO, FL Contemporary-styled kitchens have overtaken traditional to become the second most popular North American kitchen design, according to the latest in a series of annual surveys conducted by the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

The Hackettstown, NJ-based NKBA unveiled the results of its 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Report at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show here in January. The survey, fielded online to NKBA members last summer, generated 562 responses representing multiple industry segments from across North America, according to the association. The survey results are most valuable in identifying trends among kitchens in the $20,000-$49,000+ price range and bathrooms in the $10,000-$30,000+ range, the NKBA noted.

Based on the survey’s findings, the NKBA said it expects to see the following kitchen trends this year:

Clean lines, built-ins and simple door styles will dominate kitchen designs, with contemporary-styled kitchens overtaking traditional to be the second-most popular design after transitional. Emerging trends include industrial and mid-century modern.

White and gray painted cabinets dominate kitchen color schemes and show no signs of slowing down, especially gray. Blue painted and high-gloss cabinets are emerging. For overall color schemes, blue as well as black are emerging.

Two-toned kitchens are gaining in popularity, as is the trend toward mixing it up: using materials and metals across surfaces and as accents.

While wood cabinets dominate kitchen designs, metal – currently a small segment of the cabinet market –appears to be emerging. Metal cabinets are most frequently specified by younger and male designers.

Furniture-look pieces, roll-outs and pull-outs, and under-cabinet lighting (LED) are among the most popular kitchen cabinet features.

Quartz is the most popular kitchen countertop material, and 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 segment of the market, but are also trending higher.

The use of technology in the kitchen is increasing. According to Bill Darcy, NKBA CEO, about one third of surveyed NKBA professionals said they included wiring and pathways for future technical integration in the kitchens they designed. NKBA members also reported recommending kitchen designs that offered internet-connected appliances and docking stations.

Like technology, accessible and/or Universal Design features are growing in popularity. “Universal Design is commonplace among NKBA members,” Darcy said.

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