TRENDS | By Karen M. Koenig
What’s hot in cabinet design trends
According to NKBA’s 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Report, here are 10 trends
According to research released
by the National Kitchen & Bath Assn.
(NKBA), more than 10 percent of
American homeowners did a kitchen or
bath remodeling project last year at a
market price of $85 billion.
The NKBA report, “Estimated Market
Value for the Kitchen & Bath Remodeling and New Residential Construction Markets,” ;nds that each year
homeowners remodel upwards of 10. 2
million kitchen and 14. 2 million bathrooms. Nearly half (48%) of kitchen
remodels were budgeted at $15,000
or more; while one-in-;ve Americans
(21%) spent $7,500 or more to remodel
their master bathroom.
Here are 10 trends to watch:
1. Clean lines, built-ins and simple
door styles dominate kitchen designs.
Contemporary- styled kitchens will
overtake traditional to be the second
most popular design after transitional.
Emerging: industrial and mid century
modern. Mountain modern and coastal
are variations on contemporary.
2. 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
3. Two-toned kitchens are gaining in
popularity. Also mixing it up: materials and metals, across surfaces and as
4. While wood cabinets dominate
kitchen designs, metal – currently a
small segment of the cabinet market –
appears to be emerging. Metal cabinets
are most frequently speci;ed by younger and male designers.
5. Furniture-look pieces, rollouts, pull-outs and under cabinet lighting (LED)
are among the most popular kitchen
cabinet features. Crown molding is
declining. Rustic and reclaimed woods
6. Quartz is the most popular kitchen
countertop material, and trending up.
Granite, the second most popular countertop material, is trending down.
7. Induction cooktops and convection
ovens are trending higher, and microwave drawers are outpacing freestanding or built-in microwaves.
8. Technology in the kitchen is
increasing. About one-third of NKBA
professionals included wiring and pathways for future tech integration. Also
trending: internet connected appliances
and docking stations.
9. Interior barn and pocket doors are
10. Accessible and as well as universal
design features continue to trend up for
Baths going contemporary
Here’s what’s trending in the bath as
relates to the woodworking industry:
1. Contemporary and transition-al-styled bathrooms have overtaken
traditional style preferences.
2. Whites, off/whites and gray are by
far the most popular color schemes.
Clean lines, built-ins and simple door
styles dominate kitchen designs. Con-temporary-styled kitchens will overtake
traditional to be the second most popular design after transitional. Mountain
modern and coastal are variations on
contemporary. Credits: Designer: Nar
Bustamante. NAR Fine Carpentry Inc.,
Carmichael, CA. Photo: Fred Donham