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Edited from the National Kitchen & Bath Association report

Contemporary is the watch word for North American kitchen design, according to the 2015 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends report from the National Kitchen & Bath (NKBA). Here are the top 10 overall kitchen design trends NKBA expects for the near future:

1. Clean with an overall contemporary feeling. A fusion of styles and multiple colors in one kitchen.

2. European-styled cabinets.

3. Multiples of the same appliances in one kitchen.

4. The rise of steam ovens.

5. Furniture-looking pieces.

6. Outdoor kitchens.

7. Fewer standard kitchen tables, replaced by counters or tall gathering tables.

8. TVs and docking stations.

9. Wine refrigerators.

10. Focus on the user experience, from easy maintenance to accessible design. Consider the needs of all users in the space, including pets.

More than half of the NKBA designers surveyed planned to do more contemporary kitchens in 2015, running a close second behind transitional styles in terms of popularity.

Versatile shaker styling is a popular interpretation of transitional style. Almost 40 percent of NKBA survey respondents said they will incorporate more shaker-style kitchens in 2015. Several designers also noted the rise in industrial chic kitchens, while others cited momentum for mid-century modern designs.

Traditional was the fourth most popular kitchen style last year.

White is the most common color scheme for kitchens, followed by gray, and designers reported that kitchens with multiple color schemes are emerging.

Clearly passé looks include country/rustic, Tuscan and Provincial styles with distressed finishes, as well as color schemes in reds, bronzes and terra cottas.

Solutions to make life easier in the kitchen abound. Pullouts and rollouts are increasing in popularity. Ease of use extended to accessibility, with more than half of NKBA designers incorporating accessible or universal design features into kitchens during 2015.

Easy prep, maintenance and clean-up features are in demand. Numerous designers report that they install multiples of the same appliances—most notably two dishwashers—in the same kitchen. “It appears that a lot more of our clients are aiming to create what could be considered a gourmet kitchen,” says Jessica White of Kitchen Encounters in Annapolis, Maryland. “A lot of clients ask for the additional refrigerator/freezer and dishwasher drawers for extra storage and more function.”

About two-thirds of kitchens now have desks or home office areas, flat-screen televisions and docking/charging stations. In many kitchens, the counter areas/islands have replaced kitchen tables, and now include furniture-styled dry bars.

Finally, half of all NKBA designers included an outdoor kitchen last year.

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About The National Kitchen & Bath Association

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is the not-for-profit trade association that owns the KBIS®. With nearly 14,000 member companies representing more than 60,000 individuals, the NKBA has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry since its founding in 1963. The mission of the NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide.

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