Popular design trends according to the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design

Popular design trends according to the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design

  
Since October is National Kitchen and Bath Month, here are some popular 
design trends according to the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Report: 
Contemporary-styled kitchens have overtaken Traditional to become the second most popular 
North American kitchen design, according to the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Report 
conducted by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). Based on this member survey, the 
NKBA expects to see the following top 10 overall kitchen trends this year:


1. Clean lines, built-ins and simple door styles dominate kitchen designs. Contemporary styled 
kitchens overtake Traditional to be the second most popular design after 
Transitional. Emerging: Industrial and Mid-Century Modern. Mountain Modern and Coastal 
are variations on Contemporary.  Believe it or not, we are seeing oak making a comeback in a new incarnation-  with distressing. Quartersawn, Weathered and rub through paint methods.  Not your parent’s oak cabinets!  


2. White and gray painted cabinets dominate kitchen color schemes and show no signs of 
slowing down, especially gray. Blue painted and high gloss cabinets are emerging. For 
overall color schemes, blue as well as black are emerging.


3. Two-toned kitchens are gaining in popularity. Also mixing it up: materials and metals, 
across surfaces and as accents.


4. While wood cabinets dominate kitchen designs, metal --currently a small segment of the 
cabinet market -- appears to be emerging. Metal cabinets are most frequently specified by 
younger and male designers.


5. Furniture-look pieces, rollouts and pullouts and under cabinet lighting (LED) are among the 
most popular kitchen cabinet features. Use of crown molding is declining. Rustic and 
reclaimed woods were frequently mentioned.


6. Quartz is the most popular kitchen countertop material, and trending up. Granite, the 
second most popular countertop material, is trending down.


7. Induction cooktops and convection ovens are trending higher, and microwave drawers are 
outpacing freestanding or built-in microwaves. Steam ovens still represent a small segment 
of the market, but are also trending higher. 
  
8. Use of technology in the kitchen is increasing. About one third of NKBA professionals 
included wiring and pathways for future tech integration. Also trending upwards: 
Internet connected appliances and docking stations. Samsung Family Hub smart fridge with Android OS-  camera to see what in fridge, internet connected (see from phone) built in touchscreen offers recipe suggestions, streams music, and will let you automatically reorder food. 
Imagine having a smart oven filled with tasty recipes. The new Miele 48-inch Dual Fuel Range, controlled via a touch screen panel or even a mobile app, offers more than 100 different cooking programs and recipes at your fingertips.

Miele is working with IBM to develop an even more detailed recipe database called Chef Watson. In the vein of Google Recipes, its WiFi-enabled internal computer will suggest a recipe based simply on available ingredients. It offers up caloric values and suggested cooking times and temperatures.
    
3D printing entered the kitchen. XYZPrinting’s 3D Food Printer specializes in molding cookie dough into any size and shaping it into anything. Though the limited scope and hefty price tag suggest a niche market for now, it’s not hard to imagine a creative baker having a field day.

Appliance giant Whirlpool dazzled the industry with the “kitchen of the future” prototype 2.0 in early 2015. Whirlpool is developing a touch-screen cooktop with induction-powered burners and social media integration within the kitchen software for recipe ideas and sharing. According to The Verge, Whirlpool predicts the concept will see the market within five years. Advantium MW from GE that offers convection cooking, MW and speed cooking. USB outlets for charging your devices in outlets or out of the way hidden. Crock-Pot with Wemo- that provides a phone app connection to your crock pot so you can turn the temp up or down remotely if your running late or earlier than expected-  monitor the progress of your meal remotely. Pancakebot-  will draw a perfectly customized pancake that will make you the talk of the neighborhood. Enter the picture/design you want (which can range from a character to an animal to a logo), pour the batter in the bottle and watch it go to work.
  
9. Interior barn and pocket doors in kitchens are trending up. A recent study conducted by website Zillow Digs found that these contemporary yet rustic sliding doors can help a home sell as many as 57 days faster and at a higher price point. The study analyzed descriptions on the listings of more than 2 million homes sold between January 2014 and March 2016 to see how certain keywords affect a home’s sale. Of all the terms analyzed, “barn doors” brought the highest premium, with homes whose listings mentioned this door type selling for an average of 13 percent above expected values. The “craftsman meets farmhouse” design concept is clearly resonating with today’s homeowners. Consumers like the distinctive, upscale look as well as the doors’ functionality when it comes to closing off large spaces. Barn doors are also easy to install and are amazingly versatile in terms of color, size, and door style. Yet they may not be the best choice for every home. While they can add character, it’s important to understand where installation may not be worth the investment or the door may be impractical. “It actually acts as a piece of artwork.” In addition to their powerful visual appeal, barn doors can also be an effective way to partition open spaces. Many homes today have two larger rooms, such as the kitchen and living room, connected by a wide opening. While a barn door added to such spaces will likely stay open more often than not, it can act as the perfect feature to suggest spatial separation. “It gives you the option to easily close off the space without adding permanence,” Barn doors-  use reclaimed wood- mix media -  match with your white kitchen to add some natural wood to the mix, will warm it up. The hardware is very important-  how you match it with the doors-  antique brass or black. The hardware is a few hundred, then you shop for the doors-  $500 to a few thousand. Challenges to consider for both options, install. Pocket door, would basically need a new wall to be installed, so can only be done as a part of a larger remodel. Barn door, easy to install, just need a clear wall for the door to slide. Privacy can be  a concern, since there is usually a ¾” reveal and they don’t protect sound as much as a normal door 
  
10.Accessible and/or universal design features continue to trend up for kitchens. 
What is Universal Design?

Universal design, also called barrier-free design, focuses on making the house safe and accessible for everyone, regardless of age, physical ability, or stature. Most of us think immediately of ramps and grab bars when we think of accessible housing, but universal design goes far beyond that while remaining largely invisible to the casual observer. 
  
In the Kitchen
  • Use pulls instead of knobs on cabinets and drawers. These are much easier on arthritic hands.  Large cabinet and drawer pulls are easier to grip than small knobs, making storage areas more accessible. Glass doors allow users to see where everything is stored.
  • Install a contrasting edge-band on countertops. This makes it easier for someone with failing eyesight to see the edge of the countertop. Anyone navigating a dimly lit kitchen for a middle-of-the-night snack will also appreciate this touch.
  • Install varied-height cabinets and countertops. This is particularly appreciated in multi-cook families where, say, a very tall parent and a child may be working together to prepare a meal. Countertop heights can also be varied to accommodate particular tasks. For example, bakers value lower countertops for rolling out pastry and kneading dough.
  • Consider flexible appliances. Items such as under-the-counter refrigerator drawers make a kitchen more accessible for someone in a wheelchair. They are still pretty expensive, but the price is certain to drop over time. Elevating the dishwasher accommodates people in wheelchairs as well as people who may not be able to bend easily. You can even get a sink that raises or lowers at the touch of a button.
  • To accommodate a cook who uses a wheelchair, leave open space under the sink, cooktop, and prep counter, opt for higher toekicks on the base cabinets, install pull-down shelves in the upper cabinets, and choose a range with controls at the front or to the side of the cooktop (choose a model with a safety lock-out option if there are also young children in the house).
It has the functional triangle layout, right-height countertops, cabinet pulls and open space under the sink and cooktop: See how a universal kitchen design can be designed to suit people of all ages. 

Space Beneath Sink and Stove 
Open space beneath the sink and stove provides knee clearance for wheelchair users in this kitchen. The room also features a microwave built into the base drawers and a raised dishwasher to reduce having to bend down. 
  • Accessible Kitchen With Modern Flair 
  • Universal design features are seamlessly integrated in this stylish kitchen. 
Oversized hardware makes the appliances and cabinets easy to open, while the lowered countertop at the island is the perfect height for a wheelchair user. Below the counters, two freezer drawers and a microwave drawer are easily accessible.  
  • Two-Tiered Kitchen Island 
  • Countertops positioned at various heights make this kitchen easily usable for any chef, young or old. A pot filler positioned over the stove eliminates the hassle of carrying heavy, water-filled pots across the kitchen.  
Open Shelving
  • Open shelving and metal hooks provide easy access to utensils and dishes in this kitchen. The cabinetry beneath the countertop is also easily accessible, and the kitchen table can be moved to create more space if needed.  
  • Reachable Kitchen Storage 
  • This open kitchen features base drawers rather than cabinets, which are easier to access and can be used to organize dishes, pots, pans, utensils and more. A microwave built into the lower cabinets is easy for any user to reach. 
  • Cushioned Kitchen Floor 
  • This spacious kitchen offers plenty of clearance for a wheelchair. The room also features cork flooring, which cushions tired feet and muffles sound.  
  • Dishwasher Drawer 
  • Drawer-style dishwashers are easier to load and can be installed at various heights based on your needs. Plus, they can handle smaller loads, making them more efficient.  
  • Accessible Storage 
  • Special storage features, such as pullout shelves and lazy Susans, make cabinet contents easier to reach in the kitchen.  
  
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TECH TIPS with ERIC 
“Clean lines with no fussy moldings or trims,” underscored one survey respondent. “White 
kitchens are never going away, but I’ve recommended mixed countertop materials, mixed cabinet 
colors and frequently use lots of light/dark materials for contrast.” 
From a materials standpoint, wood cabinets continue to dominate kitchen designs while metal, 
currently a small segment of the cabinet market, appears to be emerging. Younger and male 
designers most frequently specify metal cabinets. The emergence of metal cabinetry and the use 
of reclaimed woods falls is consistent with aforementioned reports of kitchen designers using 
different combinations of materials and metals, across surfaces and as accents. 
According to Bill Darcy, NKBA CEO, designers are “specifying mixed color palettes and mixing 
materials, especially for countertops.” 
Survey respondents also reported that technology in the kitchen is increasing, a trend which was 
highly anticipated by Darcy, who noted that about one third of NKBA professionals included wiring 
and pathways for future technical integration. NKBA members also reported recommending 
kitchens designs that offered Internet connected appliances and docking stations. 
“Homeowners want power strips under cabinets to eliminate outlets in the backsplash,” explained 
one NKBA professional about the increased demand for tech amenities in kitchens.