When it comes to kitchen and bath design trends for both single-family and multifamily residences, contemporary is in, with clean, minimal lines and little ornamentation.
Universal design amenities and easy-maintenance features are also trending, according to a recent survey of more than 420 kitchen and bath design professionals by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).
This year, consumers want kitchens that have “simple lines and not as much frou-frou, and are more about good storage and space planning,” summed up one NKBA designer.
Consumers want bathrooms to be “spaces to retreat and relax,” commented one member, “with luxurious details whenever possible.” Another sees “a general move toward simplicity in style, minimal color, but maximizing the features and storage.”
They are also demanding more universal design features. Fifty-seven percent of NKBA designers specified accessible or universal design features in bathrooms in 2013, and 56% incorporated them into kitchens. A majority of respondents anticipate adding more of these features, such as shower benches, comfort-height toilets, and vanities in baths; and microwave drawers and touch-activated or touch-less kitchen faucets in 2014.
The demand for easy maintenance spaces and products is also growing.
Bathroom design trends
1. Beige, bone and gray are hot and getting hotter
2. Universal design is becoming more universal
3. Soaking tubs are in the spotlight
4. Shower seating is here to stay
5. Radiant floors may be heating up
6. Steam showers are gaining steam
7. No holding back on no-threshold showers
8. Comfort is key when it comes to toilets and vanities
Kitchen Design Trends
9. Granite is on top, but quartz is catching up
Some 70% of respondents see quartz countertops increasing in 2014. At the end of 2013, granite and quartz were almost tied for the top spot in countertop materials, at 91% and 90% respectively.
10. Stainless is timeless
11. Pullout faucets still pulling ahead
12. Microwave drawers beating out warming drawers
13. Gray and white are hand-in-hand
14. LEDs outshine incandescents
15. Cherry tops the wood types in cabinets
16. Flooring stays steady with wood, ceramic/porcelain
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