Top 10 Kitchen Trends: White Cabinetry, Styles Fuse, Pets Matter
January 27, 2015 | 4:24 pm CST
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LAS VEGAS — The Kitchen & Bath Design Trends report released by National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) predicts contemporary designs to gain in popularity for kitchens in the next year, with over half of designers surveyed expected to do more of that particular style in 2015.Transitional styles were the most popular with respondents. Both styles have jumped in specifications by over 15 percentage points in the last four years.

The NKBA anticipates other overall kitchen design trends to be fashionable for 2015 as well, including European-styled cabinets, multiples of appliances in one kitchen, furniture-look pieces, outdoor kitchens, fewer standard kitchen tables and more counters or tall gathering tables, TVs and docking stations, wine refrigerators, and a focus on the user experience, such as easy maintenance and accessible design.

Over 400 designers participated in the study, which was conducted online in late 2014.

Shaker-styled kitchens will also be undertaken by nearly 40 percent of NKBA survey respondents in 2015, with some also noticing an increase in industrial chic and mid-century modern designs. In terms of color, White is the most common scheme for kitchens, followed by gray, though designers said that kitchens with multiple color schemes are becoming more prevalent.

2015 Kitchen Design Trends

1: Clean with an overall contemporary feeling. A fusion of styles and multiple colors in one kitchen.

2: European-styled cabinets.

3: Multiples of appliances in one kitchen.

4: The rise of steam ovens.

5: Furniture-look pieces.

6: Outdoor kitchens.

7: Fewer standard kitchen tables, replaced by counters or tall gathering tables.

8: TVs and docking stations.

9: Wine refrigerators.

10: Focus on the user experience, from easy maintenance to accessible design. Considering the needs of all users in the space, including pets.

Pullouts and rollouts for kitchen cabinets are expected to rise in popularity in 2015 according to nearly 40 percent of those surveyed, and more than half see the same for accessible or universal design features.

Some respondents reported islands becoming more desired than tables, and half of all NKBA designers an increase in outdoor kitchen in 2014.

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