In 2014, the order is simple lines, less color, and little ornamentation, at least where kitchens are concerned. The National Kitchen and Bath association released a report on kitchen trends based on their 2014 Kitchen and Bath Design Trends Survey and it revealed some interesting results.
Contemporary kitchens are expected to be the fastest growing kitchen style of 2014, with 62 percent of respondents saying they are seeing an upswing. At the end of 2013, transitional kitchens were at the head of the pack in 2013 by a small lead.
Not only are the styles of kitchens becoming simpler but the NKBA had some other insights:
- 56 percent of respondents were using accessible or universal design alongside easy-maintenance features in their kitchens.
- Two-thirds of kitchens incorporated some kind of docking or charging stations as well as an office or desk area.
- 56 percent of NKBA kitchen designers included a flat screen television in their kitchen projects.
- Regarding energy-saving appliances, NKBA designers, 60 percent expect to see demand go up and 47 percent see the market expanding for water-saving kitchen faucets.
- 70 percent of respondents expect to see the demand for quartz countertops increasing.
- Wood was the most specified kitchen flooring in 2013, and continues to be in 2014.
- Stainless steel is the most popular sink material with porcelain enamel as a close second.
The NKBA survey also included some of the most in-demand kitchen features, including: induction cooktops, steam ovens, French-door refrigerators, bottom-freezer refrigerators, touch-activated faucets, electronic faucets, and LED lighting.
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