The nation’s leading remodelers participated in a variety of sales-related seminars in the late summer and early fall of 2013.
15 design trends for kitchens & baths
With demand for custom design, remodeling, and renovations at its highest level since 2005, Professional Remodeler examines the latest design trends you can incorporate in kitchen and bath upgrades.
Using the kitchen as a social space is just one of Professional Remodeler's Top 15 kitchen and bath design trends.
Trends in kitchen and baths typically last for several years; however, the cycle for some trends may be shortening. Outside of paint and accessory colors, there are no defined rules for the life span of kitchen and bath trends. For example, stainless steel appliances and ceramic backsplashes have been incorporated in kitchen designs for years, but these types of foundational trends are typically building blocks to future looks.
At the opposite end of the trend spectrum is the way consumers view their kitchen area. How homeowners choose to live in their kitchens continues to evolve as quality construction and functional design transforms the room from a kitchen to a social arena. The kitchen has become more of a gathering place where cabinetry is viewed as a piece of furniture rather than standard kitchen equipment.
Professional Remodeler’s top kitchen & bath trends for 2013
1. Kitchens as social space, furniture-type cabinetry
2. Cost-effective, unfitted bathrooms
3. Transitional kitchen and bath styles
4. Emergence of quartz countertops
5. Color palette favors grays
6. White cabinets and blending finishes
7. Darker finishes, changing depths
8. Undermount sinks create extra space
9. LED lights and reflectivity
10. Glass, ceramic, metal backsplashes
11. Creative use of ceramic and
12. Increase of touch-activated faucets
13. Satin nickel, bronze, oil-rubbed finishes
14. Larger showers, better amenities
15. Pinterest & Houzz influence designs
“Both the kitchen and bath are being seen more as a place of rest and sanctuary from the stressful outside world,” says Dave Bryan, president, Black Dog Builders, Salem, N.H.
Kitchen and bath remodeling is very personal to the homeowner, so each one must be designed to meet your client’s growing personal needs.
“People continue to place importance on quality and design when making decisions on a kitchen project, and they are willing to add to their budget if they believe quality and design will bring them long-term satisfaction,” says Mick DeGiulio, principal, DeGiulio Kitchen Design, Wilmette, Ill. “At the same time, expectation levels have risen; they want long-term styling and great design without sacrificing function.”
After years of living with the same kitchen or bathroom, homeowners are now beginning to reinvest in these rooms.
According to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey for the fourth quarter of 2012, residential architects are reporting the best business conditions since 2005 for custom design projects, along with high demand for remodeling and renovation projects involving kitchens and bathrooms.
Furthermore, in terms of specific trends involving kitchens and bathrooms, the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) released its 2013 Kitchen & Bath Style Report, which surveys NKBA members’ top design trends. These results, in concert with results culled from a recent Professional Remodeler kitchen and bath survey, make up this year’s list of 15 design trends for kitchens and baths.
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