HACKETTSTOWN, NJ — At the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, held last week in the Las Vegas Convention Center April 26 to 28, the National Kitchen & Bath Association announced the winners of its 2011 NKBA Design Competition. With nearly 500 entries, the competition also serves as a barometer of trends that will affect everything in cabinetry - from design through raw materials sourcing, to manufacturing techniques, even capital investment.

From the 2011 NKBA Design Competition, NKBA distilled the following summation of key trends. We've posted the entire description of the NKBA design trends with photos that represent the wood interiors and cabinetry trends, and commentary from designers. Here are the key trends:

  • Espresso and chocolate in cabinetry
  • Commitment to Color
  • A Tiered Approach to Proportion
  • Detailed Ceilings
  • The Attributes of Glass
  • Walk-in Pantries

In the bath, primarily affecting non-wood interior treatments, the NKBA identified these trends:

  • Inlay Flooring
  • Natural Elements
  • Tactile Appeal through Textures

Winners of the NKBA Design Competition include:
Best Kitchen:
Chris Novak Berry
brooksBerry Kitchens & Baths
St. Louis, MO

Best Bathroom:
Holly Rickert
Ulrich, Inc.
Ridgewood, NJ

Best Before & After: Kitchen
Sponsored by This Old House
Savena Doychinov, CKD
Design Studio Int’l Kitchen & Bath, LLC
Falls Church, VA

Best Before & After: Bathroom
Sponsored by This Old House
Melissa Morgan Sutherland, CKD
Hermitage Kitchen Design Gallery
Nashville, TN

Best Sustainable Kitchen
Sponsored by GE Monogram
Jessica Williamson, AKBD
Kitchen Views
Newton, MA

Best Sustainable Bathroom
Sponsored by Kohler
Ines Hanl
The Sky is the Limit Design
Victoria, BC, Canada

Budget-Friendly: Kitchen
Sponsored by ServiceMagic
Allison McCowan
Linn’s Prestige Kitchens & Baths
Destin, FL

Budget-Friendly: Bathroom
Sponsored by ServiceMagic
Scott Gjesdahl
Bristol Design & Construction
Lynnwood, WA

People’s Pick: Kitchen
Sponsored by HGTVPro.com
Cheryl Hamilton-Gray, CKD
Hamilton-Gray Design, Inc.
Carlsbad, CA

People’s Pick: Bathroom
Sponsored by HGTVPro.com
Holly Rickert
Ulrich, Inc.
Ridgewood, NJ


A complete list of  NKBA Design Competition winners and runners up, including many categories covering cabinetry, are listed here.>

 Cabinetry design trends from NKBA awards
Detailed Ceilings, designed by Jodi Hook for
Klaff’s, Inc., Danbury, CT. Photo: Digital Arts

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