The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has tracked kitchen and bath design trends for 52 years, and this year has predicted a mesh of contemporary and Euro-style influences. The full breakdown, below:
The top 10 kitchen trends for 2015 are:
1. Clean with an overall contemporary feeling, incorporating a fusion of styles and multiple colors in one kitchen
2. European-styled cabinets
3. Multiples of appliances
4. An increase in 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, that considers the needs of all users in the space, including pets
The top 10 bathroom trends for 2015 are:
1. Clean, white, contemporary designs.
2. Floating vanities.
4. Electric heated floors.
5. Purple haze (using purple tones as a color scheme for a bathroom)
6. Trough sinks.
7. Greater emphasis on user experience and accessibility.
9. Innovative storage.
10. Showers and freestanding tubs.
In regards to the kitchen trends for 2015, more than half of NKBA designers expect to do many contemporary kitchens, which are ranked second behind transitional kitchens. Contemporary and transitional kitchen designs have increased by more than 15 percent in four years. Close to 40 percent of designers surveyed said they would do more versatile shaker-styled kitchens.
Traditional styles were the fourth most popular kitchen style at the end of 2014. Though its popularity is decreasing, 63 percent of designers did at least one traditional kitchen in 2014.
The most common color requested for kitchens is white, followed by gray. Black or blue kitchens were done by about a third of designers, and 40 percent of designers surveyed completed green kitchens last year.
Specifications for pullouts and rollouts in kitchen cabinets were requested of 90 percent of designers, with 40 percent expecting to see an increase in popularity in 2015. In the same line of increasing functional space, multiple dishwashers, refrigerator, and other appliances, as well as docking and charging stations and flat-screen televisions are predicted to be in high demand throughout 2015.
Islands replacing kitchen tables as well as demands for outdoor kitchens also increased in statistically significant ways.
Looking at bathroom trends more closely, contemporary and transitional styles are the most common, and outpace traditional bathrooms—the third most popular style—by more than 15 percentage points.
In terms of color schemes, white and gray were used by 70 percent of respondents in 2014, with 50 percent of respondents expecting to see more gray in 2015. While the use of beige is largely decreasing, it remains the third most popular choice for bathroom fixtures. Respondents also reported using purple, lavender and lilac tones for the bathrooms.
Requests for steam showers, electric heated floors, anti-fog mirrors, lighted showers and shower seats increased in 2014 and are expected to increase in 2015. More unusual requests reported included iPhone compatible music sources and charging stations in family bathrooms, as wells coffee and bar areas, separate water closets and pullouts and rollouts for hair styling equipment. Fewer built-in tubs were requested but free-standing soaking tub requests increased for master bathrooms. Jetted tubs and whirlpools are no longer popular.
Another trend expected to grow in 2015 is undermount sinks, while vessel sinks are expected to decline. A twist seen on side-by-side vanity sinks was the appearance of large trough sinks with two faucets.
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