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.
10. Glass backsplashes, ceramic and decorative metal evolving
The kitchen backsplash has become more of a decorative area instead of just an ignored space between the cabinets and countertop. A backsplash can also add texture and depth to the kitchen. The selection of glass tiles and other new innovative tiles creates interesting focal points in the backsplash area and its tie-in with countertops and finishes.
Ceramic and porcelain tiles held its top position for the third consecutive year, but overall usage fell by 11 percentage points between 2010 (88 percent) and 2012 (77 percent).
“The typical ceramic tile backsplash has evolved into a variety of different materials, and decorative metal panels and glass panel backsplashes are taking the lead,” says Busenbark.
The preference for glass backsplashes has grown over the past three years, from 42 percent in 2010 to 64 percent, according to NKBA. Contributing to the popularity of glass panel backsplashes might be the smooth, nonporous surface, which is easy to clean. Even though natural stone tile showed consistent growth during 2011 and 2012, usage dropped from 60 percent to 55 percent in the latest survey.