What are the latest kitchen trends this year? By the very nature of remodeling and construction, trends don’t change as quickly as fashion or furniture. The products are built to last a generation or more, yet every year, new products come into the marketplace.
Kelly and I were recently invited to speak about design trends at The Cutting Edge 2015 a remodeling education expo in Atlanta sponsored by NARI (the National Association for the Remodeling Industry). We were honored to be there and happy to share our research along with the NKBA’s (The National Kitchen and Bath Association) Trends for 2015.
TOP 10 KITCHEN TRENDS FOR 2015
1, Clean with an overall contemporary feeling. A fusion of styles and multiple colors in one kitchen.
2. European-styled cabinets.
3. Multiples of appliances in one kitchen.
4. The rise of steam ovens.
5. Furniture-look 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. Considering the needs of all users in the space, including pets.
In terms of color schemes, whites and grays are by far the largest kitchen color being specified, along with beige, bone, black and blues. What is showing as a large decline is bronze/terracottas, reds and browns.
Cabinet finishes growing in 2015 are a painted color, white painted and dark, natural stain. Declining is distressed, light natural stain and stained and glazed.
A huge trend for 2015 is storage. Trash/recycling pullouts, rollout drawers, spice pullouts and storage for dog bowls/food within the cabinets.
Declining are appliance garages and wine racks (not refrigeration).
Countertops – growing by a large margin is quartz. We are also still seeing marble, granite, wood, butcher block, and solid surface.
Although, many are still using it, granite is declining in 2015, along with laminate and solid surface.
Backsplash being specified and growing is glass, ceramic or porcelain tile and natural stone. Declining is painted wall board and laminate.
Appliances growing in 2015 are microwave drawers, convection ovens, induction cooktops and steam ovens. Declining are free standing microwaves.
Refrigerators being specified are french door refrigerators, built-in cabinet depth refrigerators and freezer-bottom refrigerators. Declining are freezer-top refrigerators and side by side refrigerator/freezers.
Sinks – stainless steel is by far the most popular kitchen sink. Growing in 2015 is granite composite and declining is porcelain enamel and solid surface.
Pullout faucets continue to dominate the market, while touch-activated faucets and water-saving faucets are showing an increase. Declining is the standard faucet.
Polished chrome and satin nickel are the most popular faucet finishes with stainless steel showing an increase. Declining in 2015 is bronze/oil rubbed bronze and polished brass.
Lighting – LEDs far and away lead in kitchen lighting. Incandescent and halogen are distant second and third place choices.
The National Kitchen & Bath Association conducted an online survey of all of its designer members late in 2014. A total of 420 designer members responded.
Respondents were asked to report results for the full calendar year 2014 and also to report on which styles and products were increasing in popularity, decreasing in popularity or showing no change in their markets.
I found the research extremely helpful and not too surprising of what we are seeing here in Atlanta. It’s a big decision to make when investing in a large project such s a kitchen renovation. You want to make smart decisions without overspending and keeping resale in mind, but also want to invest in quality products and enjoy the benefits of a beautiful and functional kitchen.
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