2015 Kitchen and Bath Style Report
The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is the premier event to see the best and latest in trends, products and innovations for the kitchen and bath industry. From the return of copper to integrated technology and professionally inspired appliances, both kitchens and baths are taking new directions.
Kitchen Design Trends
Transitional is giving way to contemporary’s clean lines and simplified design, with wood floors, quartz and recycled countertops, glass backsplashes and stainless-steel sinks continuing to increase in popularity. The Good Stuff | Designer must-haves include induction cooktops, steam ovens, French-door refrigerators, energy-efficient bottom freezer refrigerators, touch-activated faucets and LED lighting. Naturally Inspired | From the blond variations of maple and oak to the ebonized color of walnut, a celebration of the natural beauty and texture of wood is apparent. Metallic Shine | A host of new product introductions featuring copper and other metallic finishes are taking the kitchen and bath scene by storm. From complete copper sinks, to shined and quilted metallic accents, the glimmer of metallics is creating an accent to accompany any style of décor and wood coloring. Remote Access & Integration | Advancing technology coupled with consumer demand for remote access and control of their home and the products within it continue to fuel the kitchen and bath market. Professional Grade | Appliance brands are looking to bring the experience of a commercial kitchen into the home with professional-grade appliances designed for everyday living adapting the best of commercial kitchen technology for residential use. On the Surface | From bright colors to technologically advanced synthetic surface materials, KBIS 2015 will be the only place to see the latest in surfacing material trends and products for the home in bold colors and innovative new countertop materials. Homework | Two-thirds of NKBA kitchen designers are incorporating docking and/or charging stations, as well as a desk or home office area and even flat-screen TVs.
Bath Design Trends
Contemporary spa baths, handicap accessibility and ease of maintenance top the chart for bathroom retreat must-haves, overcoming traditional styling. Spa Retreat | Must-have bathroom features include ceramic tile floors, quartz vanity tops, linen storage cabinets, undermount sinks, modern, wall-hung floating vanities, console tables and open shelving. Color | In keeping with Zen-like environments, gray remains strong in paint, and stone or ceramic counters, walls and floors. White prevails as the color of choice in fixtures, and metals provide a touch of natural authenticity and interest. High Time | Universal design/accessibility continues to increase. Comfort-level toilets and vanities and no-threshold showers will continue to increase in popularity.
About the National Kitchen & Bath Association
The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a non-profit trade association with over 50,000 members that has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry for 50 years. NKBA.org provides consumers with an inspiration gallery of award-winning kitchen and bath designs, as well as articles, tips and an extensive glossary of remodeling terms. Find certified kitchen and bath professionals, submit questions to NKBA experts, and download the NKBA Kitchen Planner and NKBA Bath Planner.