Gray color schemes and transitional styles are among the top trends identified by more than 300 kitchen and bath design experts.

February 18, 2013



4. White Painted Cabinetry

Among painted cabinetry, white has stayed on top of the chart since last year. Given its remarkable, upward climb over the past three years, it’s clearly no fad. The popularity of white-painted cabinetry jumped from 47% to 59% in 2012 and further increased to 67% this year.

Use of light, medium and natural finishes has remained more or less consistent over the past year. Light finishes are currently used by 30% of respondents, medium finishes by 54%, and dark finishes by 55%. Use of glazed finishes, which held at 44% in 2011 and 2012, increased by four percentage points this year.


5. Glass Backsplash

The preference for glass splashes has grown dramatically over the past three years: from 42% in 2010 to 64% this year. At the same time, while natural stone tile showed consistent growth during 2011 and 2012, usage dropped from 60% to 55% in the latest survey. Ceramic or porcelain tiles held its top position for the third consecutive year, but overall usage fell by 11 percentage points between 2010 (88%) and now (77%).


6. LED Lighting

Energy-efficient lighting is widely used by member designers in both the United States and Canada. As consumer awareness of energy efficiency has risen, it comes as no surprise that light-emitting diode, or LED, lighting is being specified by a higher percentage of designers, increasing from 70% to 77% over the past year. The significant uptick from 50% in 2010 indicates that this trend has serious staying power.
Meanwhile, there has been no significant change in the use of compact fluorescent lighting (CFL) and incandescent bulbs, with current usage at 26% and 41%, respectively.


7. Touch-activated Faucets

Growing in popularity are touch-activated faucets, specified by 32% of member designers, versus only 20% of designers in 2011 and 2012. Pull-out faucets are still in the top position, as they have been since 2010, with usage rising from 88% in 2010 to 94% this year. Pot filler faucets grab the second spot this year, gaining five percentage points over the past year to 33%.


8. Satin Nickel on the Rise

When it comes to faucet finishes in kitchens, satin nickel has been on the top since 2011, its usage increasing from 42% in 2010 to 60% this year. Bronze or oil-rubbed bronze finishes are also being specified more often, growing from 41% to 50% in the past year. The increased popularity of these three finishes most likely comes at the expense of polished nickel and polished chrome. The latter, which had seen a rise in usage in 2012, dipped from 52% to 47% in the latest survey; polished nickel dropped from 25% to 20%.


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