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2011 Kitchen Trends: 7 Kitchen Trends to Watch

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Feb 14, 2011 @ 13:02 PM

What's Happening in the Kitchen?

Results of the 2011 Design Trend Survey

The National Kitchen & Bath Association just revealed the results of a 2011 Marketplace design trend survey - and here's what they saw.  More than 100 kitchen and bath designers responded.

1) Keep It Simple - Shaker Style Cabinets

Shaker Cabinets | 2011 Kitchen TrendsTraditional remains the most popular kitchen cabinet style, but Shaker style cabinets came in second for the first time after rising in popularity in 2009.  Contemporary cabinets have moved to third place.  Cottage style cabinets was the only other style to register over 20%.

2) Dark and Mysterious Cabinetry

Dark finishes leaped over medium natural, glazed and white painted finishes to become the most requested finish style at the end of 2010. 

Dark finishes were used by 51% of designers polled, medium used by 48% of designers, white painted by 47% of designers, and glazed by 42% of designers.  Light natural finishes were used by 25% of designers, while colored paints were used by 29% of designers.  Glazed finishes took the biggest hit, falling 11 points.  Is this because glazes are generally the highest cost finish?

3) Entertaining with a Great Bottle of Wine

2011 Kitchen TrendsWine refrigerators are declining, but wine cabinets and storage options are abounding.  In 2009, only 39% of surveyed designers included a wine storage area in the kitchen.  At the end of 2010, 51% of designers were focusing on wine storage.

Other cabinetry options are changing too, but many are on the decline.  Tall pantries were used by 84% of designers, versus 89% in 2009.  Lazy susans fell from 90% to 78%.  Pull out racks/shelving fell from 81% to 71%.  Appliance garages also saw reduced popularity.  They were installed at some point by 36% of designers in 2009, but only 29% of designers at the end of 2010.

4) Refrigerators - Baby it's Cold in Here

What kind of refrigerator is specified most often by NKBA member designers?  French door refrigerators leaped from 67% to 78%.  Freezer-top refrigerators fell to just 8% of designers (I'm assuming not many of these designers have been in apartments!). 

5) Cooking with Induction Heat

You might want to think about that new set of pans after all - while not prevalent, induction heat cooking is growing.  Gas cooktops were specified by 76% of NKBA designers in 2009, but fell to 70% in late 2010.  Electric cooktops rose from 38% to 41%.  Induction cooktops took some of the gas cooktop share, moving from 26% to 34%.

Double wall ovens saw an increase too, specified in designs by 74% of designers, versus 68% in 2009. 

6) Lighting Up the Kitchen

Halogen lighting has reduced from 46% to 40% by this group of kitchen designers.  Incandescent lighting fell from 50% to 35%.  Halogen lighting moved from 46% to 40%.  LED (light-emitting diode) is the only lighting type that saw an increase, from 47% to 54%.  CFL's were flat.

7) Taking Out the Trash

NKBA members put a greater emphasis on trash and recycling solutions - 89% of kitchens designed during the final months of 2010 include trash and/or recycling pull-outs. 

The results of the NKBA survey represent overall trends from Canada and the United States. 

About the National Kitchen & Bath Association

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a non-profit trade association that has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry for more than 45 years. 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.

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