NKBA Reveals Kitchen & Bath Trends

A member survey by the Hackettstown, N.J.-based National Kitchen & Bath Association revealed seven kitchen and four bathroom trends to watch in 2011.


1. Shake It Up – Shaker-style cabinets supplanted Contemporary as the second-most popular style. Traditional remains the most popular style.

2. Dark Finishes – Dark natural finishes overtook medium natural, glazed and white painted finishes.

3. A Place for Wine – Wine refrigerators seem to be on the decline, but unchilled wine storage is growing in popularity.

4. Bonjour Refrigerateur – The French-door refrigerator has strengthened its position as the type specified most often.

5. Inducting a New Cooktop – Induction cooktops haven’t overtaken gas and electric models, but they’re closing the gap.

6. LED Lighting – LED (light-emitting diode) lighting use has increased from 47 percent to 54 percent while incandescent lighting continues its journey to obsolescence.

7. Trashy Designs – A greater emphasis is being made to address trash considerations. Some 89 percent of kitchens include trash or recycling pullout


1. Quartz Countertops – Quartz continues to take market share from granite in relation to bathroom vanity tops.

2. Green Bathrooms – Not eco-friendly spaces, literally green bathrooms. A year ago, green color palettes were used by only 14 percent of NKBA designers, but at the end of 2010, that figure had risen to 24 percent.

3. A Worthy Vessel – Under-mount sinks continue to dominate newly remodeled bathrooms; however, vessel sinks have become the clear second choice.

4. Satin-nickel Faucets – This trend relates to bathrooms and kitchens. From the end of 2009 to the end of 2010, the percent of NKBA designers who specified a satin-nickel faucet rose from 41 percent to 63 percent in the kitchen and from 45 percent to 57 percent in the bathroom.