Popular design trends according to the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design
Since October is National Kitchen and Bath Month, here are some
design trends according to the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design
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
1. Clean lines, built-ins and simple door styles dominate kitchen
designs. Contemporary styled
kitchens overtake Traditional to be the second most popular design
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
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
. In the vein of Google
, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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 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
- 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
- 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.
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
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
kitchens designs that offered Internet connected appliances and
“Homeowners want power strips under cabinets to eliminate outlets
in the backsplash,” explained
one NKBA professional about the increased demand for tech amenities