Thursday, June 30, 2011

2011 Kitchen and Bath Trends

The National Kitchen and Bath Association recently polled 100 designers across the country on what they see as the top trends in the marketplace for 2011. The results suggest that there will be some changes in styles this year. Here are the top 10 kitchen and four bathroom trends we might start seeing this year.

KITCHENS

1. Shake it Up. While traditional-style cabinets remain the most popular, shaker-style cabinets has continued to gain momentum. Meanwhile the percent of respondents who are designing contemporary kitchens has dropped to 48 percent, while Shaker rose to 55 percent.

My Craftsman Cabinets
2. Maple Cabinetry. In 2009, 78 percent of designers were using cherry for cabinetry while 64 percent were using Maple. The trend is reversing with 71 percent using cherry and 76 percent are using Maple.

KraftMaid Cabinetry
3. Dark Finishes. Dark natural finishes overtook medium natural, glazed and white painted finishes to become the most specified type of finish.

Wellborn Cabinets
4. A Place for Wine. Unchilled wine storage is growing in popularity, while appliance garages, tall pantries, lazy Susans and pull-out racks are declining.

Alan Bisson
5. Solid Surfaces. While granite and quartz retain the number one and two spots, respectfully, in countertop choices, solid surfaces has emerged as the clear number three.

TC Studios
6. Goodbye, Color. The use of every color except beige and gray was either flat or down from a year ago.

Miro Dvorscak
7. Bonjour Refrigerateur. The French door refrigerator has gained popularity, jumping from 67 percent to 78 percent. Freezer-bottom models fell slightly from 60 percent to 59 percent.

Liebherr 2060 Series
8. Inducting a New Cooktop. While induction cooktops haven’t overtaken gas and electric models, it looks like they are closing the gap. Ranges are down sharply from 81 percent to 68 percent.
Thermador
9. LED Lighting. Designers are selecting more energy-efficient lighting options with LED lighting increasing from 47 percent to 54 percent. Designers aren’t turning to CFL’s, likely due to the poor quality of light they produce.
Kichler Lighting
10. Trashy Designs. A greater emphasis is being made to address trash considerations. Eight-nine percent of kitchens designed by NKBA members included trash and/or recycling pull-outs. In addition 86 percent incorporated garbage disposals, up from 75 percent the previous year.

Rev-A-Shelf, LLC.
BATHS

1. Quartz Countertops. Quartz is gaining popularity and continues to take away the market share from granite for bathroom vanity tops.

Shadowlight Group
2. Green Bathrooms. We’re not talking eco-friendly spaces, we literally mean green bathrooms. While whites, beiges and browns remain the most popular, green is gaining popularity.

Delta Faucet Company
3. A Worthy Vessel. Undermount sinks remain the most popularity, but vessel sinks is the clear second choice for designers.

Kohler Company
4. Satin Nickel Faucets. From 2009 to 2010, the popularity of the satin nickel faucet rose from 41 percent to 63 percent in the kitchen and 45 percent to 57 percent in the bathroom. Other popular finishes include bronze and oil-rubbed bronze.

Kohler Company
Watercolor Blues 
Last month’s Better Homes and Gardens chose some beautiful shades of watery blues as its hue of the month. I’m noticing this trend elsewhere this summer. And it’s no wonder – these colors are irresistible on everything from walls to fabrics to home accessories!

hiya Papaya Photography

Elle Decor

House of Turquoise

House of Turquoise