This stand-out space exudes confidence and commitment to personalized self-expression. The stove splash is an artful representation of a bold calla-lily, setting a fun and whimsical tone for this entertainment-friendly kitchen. A unique red crystal chandelier, rounded glass countertop, red range and cabinet introduce a sense of panache, complimented by the subtler stainless and white quartz counters and dark wood flooring. The design plants a bold artistic statement in the mind of visitors to the home while the flowing glass countertop, which also couches a stainless steel sink for the guest eating counter, looks as if it’s ready to water the flower elements of the room.  Designer: Elina Katsioula-Beall, CKD; Photo by Suki MedencevicThe National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has released the top 10 kitchen and bath design trends to watch for in 2013.

Warm-colored marble, natural granite tones, a maple vanity, and an open airy shower and drying area are at the heart of the well-composed welcoming space of this in-home luxury spa. With towels and shampoo close at hand and a bench outside the shower that provides a convenient spot to towel off, the client is sure to feel pampered in the new bathroom. A cabinet, shelf space, and a vanity containing drawers combine to provide stylish storage, while a frameless glass shower with light-hued marble tile and flooring gives an expansive appearance to a somewhat limited space.  Designer: John Sylvestre, CKD; Photo ©Karen Melvin PhotographyThe NKBA’s annual design trends survey witnessed participation from over 300 member-designers from the United States and Canada, who reported the materials, product types, and design styles they specified over the final three months of 2012. 

A lush kitchen was created through the pairing of sophisticated materials and organic lines. A cracked glass bar top, glass pebble backsplash, bamboo cabinetry and a large solarium window to allow natural light and a view of the backyard, are just a few ways the designer wove this complex space. Rounded lines further contribute to the overall effect. The clients’ love of nature extends beyond just the look of the kitchen with the choice of bamboo as a readily renewable resource and Energy Star Appliances and LED and halogen lighting topping the “must have” list. Taking their green sensibilities a step further, the pre-existing cabinetry and countertops were salvaged to use in their cottage while the appliances were donated to charity or given to friends meaning little went to waste. Designer: Glen Prairie, CKD, Celeste Pilon; Photo by Barrer Photography“As members of the NKBA, the kitchen and bath industry’s foremost professional association, our designers demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in kitchen and bath design,” says 2013 NKBA President John Morgan.

“They excel in evaluating homeowners’ specific needs and creating designs that inspire. It will be interesting to discover the trends that emerge from the rich experience of these creative, talented individuals.”

Some of the sustainable design solutions that the designer incorporated, with the clients’ approval are: LEED Certified Cabinetry with No VOC finish and no added formaldehyde cabinetry, a recycled glass backsplash, all GE Monogram Energy Star-rated appliances, a whole house lighting system, and recycled Redwood countertops. A PEX Plumbing system, which allows for the addition of a grey water recovery system, was also part of the whole house plan for sustainability. To accommodate the lifestyle of this active and two-cook family, a large island with seating that adds to the dining area was incorporated. In addition, separate cooking and cleaning zones were designed into the space to allow for both adults, as well as three children to comfortably reside there during various meals and as a comfortable space during the day and evening.  Designer: Jessica Williamson, AKBD; Photo © Michael Lee PhotographyAmong the overall trends identified for this year, the most significant that surfaced for both kitchens and baths are as follows:

  • Gray color schemes in both kitchens and baths have witnessed a dramatic escalation since 2010, particularly over the past year.
    Used currently in 55% of kitchens and 56% of bathrooms, shades of gray are growing in appeal, creating chic, sophisticated spaces that many consumers desire. 
  • Continuing an important trend from last year, transitional-style kitchens and baths have clearly surpassed traditional styles, a longstanding favorite until 2012. 
  • While the use of quartz finishes was in slight decline last year, it has regained ground as a trendsetter in 2013, coming a close second to perennial favorite granite.
  • No growth in consumer outlays: Homeowners were spending more on their kitchen and bath remodels a year ago – however, the latest report reveals a slightly less robust situation.
    The total cost of the average kitchen and of the average bath design in 2012 was $51,050 and $18,575, respectively, but the most recent figures have dipped to $47,308 in kitchens, while staying steady at $18,538 in bathrooms. 

Although some trends from the past year continue to grow significantly into 2013, the last three months of 2012 have also laid the groundwork for new ones to thrive.

Some of the other top trending design components include white painted cabinetry, glass backsplashes, LED lighting, touch-activated faucets and satin-nickel finishes in kitchens; and ceramic/porcelain tiles and undermount sinks in bathrooms. 

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, the NKBA is a not-for-profit trade association that owns the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS®).

With nearly 60,000 members, the NKBA has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry since its founding in 1963.

You can download the full 2013 NKBA Kitchen and Bath Style Report here:

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