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Top Kitchen and Bath Trends for 2017

Contemporary and transitional-styled bathrooms are trending in design preferences for kitchens and bathrooms for 2017, according to the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Report. The report is an annual member survey compiled by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and comes on the heels of the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, held January 10-12 in Orlando. The report offers a glimpse into some of the trends home improvement retailers can expect to see in the coming year.

In the bathroom, there is a movement away from traditional styles and more attention to contemporary and transitional styles. Shaker, Mid-Century Modern and Asian Fusion are all gaining steam. When it comes to color, whites, off-whites and gray are the most popular colors for bathrooms, but younger design professionals are using more blue, violets and purples.

Undermount sinks are favorites, with trough sinks gaining in popularity. In fixtures, white is in, while bone/bisque is out. There is a preference for brushed brass and gold faucet finishes, while designer faucet colors is a still-emerging niche.

Linen storage cabinets and wood vanities remain the most popular bathroom storage solutions, while there is a growing preference for floating vanities and open shelving.

Homeowners seem to be losing their attraction to whirlpool tubs, too. More than half of NKBA members responding to the survey said they eliminated a tub or whirlpool in a bathroom remodel last year.

In the kitchen, design preferences are trending towards clean lines, built-ins and simple door styles. Two-toned colored kitchens are on the rise, with white and gray painted cabinets dominating the color schemes. Blue and black toned cabinets are also popular. Designers are mixing and matching materials and metals across surfaces and accents.

Quartz is one of the most popular countertop materials. Granite, while it is the second most popular countertop material, is trending down. Induction cooktops and convection ovens are trending higher, with microwave drawers gaining popularity over freestanding or build-in units.

Designers are including wiring for future tech integration into the design of a bathroom. More kitchens are using technology, too. There are more internet connected appliances and docking stations.

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About Jesse Carleton

Jesse Carleton has visited independent hardware retailers, conducted original research on the industry and written extensively about the business of hardware retailing. Jesse has written for more than a dozen of NHPA’s contract publishing titles, all related to the hardware retailing industry. He also was instrumental in developing the Basic Training in Hardware Retailing courses now used by thousands of retailers across the country.

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