The kitchen and bath market is projected to reach $178 billion
in 2018, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s
Size of Market Study and Outlook. That figure, which is for products
and materials only and excludes design services and costs of
labor and installation, represents a significant jump from 2016
figures of $147 billion, and the projected $163 billion in 2017.
So, what are homeowners buying? According to NKBA’s
2018 Design Trends Survey, here’s what’s hot, and what’s not.
Key findings: U.S. kitchens
Styles: Traditional has officially been ousted from the top.
Farmhouse kitchens are the most popular style, with 79% of
professionals reporting it as “trendy” or “very trendy.” Tran-
sitional and Contemporary styles are also in vogue, earning
trendy votes from 77% and 73% of respondents, respectively.
Cabinetry: Paint is definitely the predominant choice for
Color schemes: White and gray continue their dominance
cabinet facing, with 86% indicating the look‘s trendiness.
Wood was second at 74%, while glass trailed at 44%. In terms
of construction, homeowners have a preference for frame-
less (68%) vs. framed cabinets (57%). When it comes to door
types, full overlay (86%) is preferred over inset (49%).
for hottest kitchen colors, with 90% and 89% of respondents
selecting them as top choices. All other colors trail far behind
– blue (52%), black (41%) and beige/bone (40%).
Lighting: Homeowners opt for functional lighting, such as
under-cabinet lighting (93%) and recessed lights (89%). Pen-
dant lights are popular as a more decorative option (89%).
Technology: According to the survey, the percentage of
U.S. homeowners who have already integrated technology
into their kitchen designs is relatively low. Wall-mounted flat
screens are the most popular device already in the kitchen
(62%), followed by docking/charging stations (39%). Topping
the list of other devices being seriously considered are flush-mounted lighting controls (57%), keypads to control lighting
What’s trending in kitchen design
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