2011 Kitchen and Bath Design Trends

Last month NKBA (National Kitchen & Bath Association) announced the results of their annual kitchen and bath design trends survey. You can read the full report here. This post is my recap of their report (with some great pictures to illustrate).

Kitchen Trends:

  • Cabinet Styles: Shaker style cabinets have seen increasing momentum since 2009, now second only to Traditional style. ( These are the styles I use most in the kitchens I design)
  • Wood Species: Maple has become the wood species of choice, with Cherry in second place.
  • Finish: Dark natural finishes have become the most specified finish, followed by medium natural finishes, glazed finishes, and white painted finishes.

kitchen cabinets example for interior design Great example of Maple Shaker style cabinets. Love the zinc counter tops (source: House Beautiful).

  • Storage: There has been an increase in wine storage areas, but a decrease in tall pantries, lazy Susans, pullout racks, and appliance garages. (I have been incorporating more drawer storage in kitchens that my clients have found helpful )
  • Countertop Material: Granite and quartz have maintained their places as number one and two, solid surfaces , marble, and butcher block have seen gains in use. Laminate usage as seen a drop. (Natural stones like granite and marble work best when the design calls for a natural nonuniform organic feel, while quartz and solid surface work best where a uniform pattern is preferred)

Kitchen counter top example for interior designIn this kitchen from House Beautiful, lovely warm Calacutta gold marble is used as countertops and frames the range. Notice how the organic nature of the marble pattern is complimented by the simplicity of the cabinet style.)

  • Color: The use of every color, except beige and gray, was either flat or down across the board from a year earlier. The color ranking fell this way: Whites and off-whites, beiges and bones, brown tones, bronzes and terracottas, and grays.
  • Faucet Finishes: Satin nickel is the big front runner, followed by stainless steel, bronze, oil-rubbed bronze, polished chrome, and polished nickel.

 Kitchen faucet example for interior designSatin nickel cabinet hardware is mixed with a polished nickel faucet from Rohl.

  • Refrigerator Types: French door refrigerators remain in the number one position with even greater number than last year. Next, but with decreasing use are Freezer-bottom, and Side-by-side units. Following were refrigerator or freezer drawers use being the same as last year, and a sharp decrease in undercounter wine refrigerators.Drawer refrigeration used in an interior design project

How smart are these refrigerator drawers placed at the end of the island! Source: Traditional Home

  • Cooktops, Ovens, and Ranges: Gas cooktops continue to lead electric cooktops, and induction cooktops have seen gains. Single wall oven specification is down, while double ovens are up, and are specified almost twice as often as single ovens. Warming drawer use has seen some decrease, and ranges are down sharply.
  • Lighting: Incandescent and halogen lighting has seen a decrease in specification while LED (light-emitting diode) lighting has seen an increase (I have specified recessed LED’s and LOVE them! So much less heat output, more energy-efficient, and beautiful light!). CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps), however, aren’t picking up any new proponents, their usage remained flat. (I am not a fan of CFL’S because of light color)
  • Trash Considerations: The large majority of kitchen designes include trash or recycling pullouts. Garbage disposal and trash compactor specification has continued to rise.Trash container example for interior design project

So important to include a convenient place to hide trash. Pullouts like these are great.

Bathroom Trends

  • Vanity Tops: Granite continues to be the front runner, second place goes to quartz then solid marble (both have seen significant gains in use). Next in line is solid surface followed by cultured marble and onyx.
  • Sink Types: Undermounted sinks have the major share with vessel sinks a clear second choice. Following these are integrated sinks, pedestal sinks, and drop-in sinks.

Bathroom sink idea for interior design

Two gorgeous examples of vessel sinks from Traditional Home.

Bathroom vessel sink example for interior design

  • Color: Whites (and off-whites), beiges and browns are the three most commonly used color tones in bathrooms. An interesting increase has been seen in the use of green color palettes out numbering other common color tones of blues, grays, and bronzes ans terracottas.(My bathroom is green and I love it, very relaxing!)
  • Faucet Finishes: Here the leader is satin nickel followed by bronze, oil-rubbed bronze, polished chrome, and polished nickel.

Many choices have to be made when taking on a kitchen or bath project. It is important to look at the trends, since they are good guides to help you identify what appeals to you and remain current in your selections. The most important considerations in any new project are budget, personal preferences, and lifestyle. An interior designer is invaluable in helping you get the best possible outcome for your needs and work within your budget. If you would like help in designing a kitchen or bathroom , I would love to help. Just contact me, and we can go from there!