2015, and roughly the same amount
expect to do more in 2016. Outdoor
kitchens saw a slight decline in 2015 vs.
2014, down 7 percentage points.
7. Built-in appliances, including
coffee stations, wet bars & TVs
Along with the desire for extra storage,
the convenience of built-in coffee stations
and wet bars make these among the special amenities on the rise in kitchens, particularly in luxury homes. And although
flat-screen TVs in kitchens declined in
2015, they were still specified by almost
half of the survey respondents in 2015.
8. A popularity for pocket doors
The growing popularity of pocket
doors was another item brought up
during the design conference at KBIS.
According to the NKBA survey, pocket
doors were specified by more than 70
percent members in 2015. Also popular
were French doors, used by 65 percent
of respondents in 2015.
9. Special pet spaces for the kitchen
A number of cabinet companies in the
past few years have developed special
spaces for pets, and the popularity of
these items looks to continue, with half of
respondents specifying special pet spaces
in kitchens in the last year. The pet amenities include designated feeding stations,
under-counter crate areas and special
pull-outs to store pet food and toys.
10. Docking/charging areas power up
With about two-thirds of kitchens
including desks or home office areas,
docking and charging stations are
growing in demand. At KBIS, Huh
also commented on the need by people
to be constantly “plugged in,” and the
growing use of smart control technology and flat-screen TVs in the kitchen.
For more information on the NKBA
and its research, visit NKBA.org.
#1, 2. Credit: Pamela Livingston-Hardy.
Photo: Roland Hardy
#1, 4. Credit: Mark T. White, CKD, CBD, Kitchen
Encounters. Photo: Mike Kaskel
#9. Credit: Robin Fisher, CMKBD, CAPS, Robin
Rigby Fisher Design. Photo: Dale Lang
#3, 7. Credit: Tom Lutz, AKBD, Just 4 You LLC.
Photo: Mike Tuell
#8. Credit: Robin Fisher, CMKBD,
CAPS, Robin Rigby Fisher Design.
Photo: Dale Lang
#10. Credit: Emily Miller, CKD, Kitchen & Bath
Concepts of Pittsburgh, Co-designer Thomas
Trzcinski, CMKBD. Photo: Craig Thompson