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5 Kitchen Design Trends | Designer Choices for New Kitchens

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 @ 15:02 PM

Top 5 Kitchen Design Trends 

The top 5 kitchen design trends for homes are all about details, according to a survey conducted by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

5 Kitchen Design Trends in 2013 | Designer Choices for New Kitchens

The NKBA identifies the latest designs and trends in kitchen and bath design across the United States and Canada.

More than 300 NKBA member-designers participated in the 2013 NKBA Design Trends Survey, providing information about popular design specifications including materials, product types, and styles. 

Here are the fastest growing trends for 2013 kitchens, according to these design experts:


NKBA Kitchen Trend #1: White Painted Cabinetry

5 Kitchen Design Trends in 2013 | Designer Choices for New KitchensWhite painted cabinetry is the number one kitchen trend going into 2013.

67% of NKBA respondents said they use white painted cabinets in the kitchen.

In the Triangle area of North Carolina, custom home builder Stanton Homes is starting to see more requests for white cabinetry. The approach can lighten a room, make it look bigger, and provide a clean and fresh look.



5 Kitchen Design Trends in 2013 | Designer Choices for New Kitchens

There is also still a very strong desire for classic stained wood cabinets, with cherry wood the optimal choice for durability. 

The percentage of NKBA respondents who prefer light, medium and dark finishes can be seen here, along with some examples:

Light: 30% 

Medium: 54% 

Dark: 55%


NKBA Kitchen Trend #2: Glass Backsplash

5 Kitchen Design Trends in 2013 | Designer Choices for New Kitchens


While ceramic and porcelain tiles remain the most popular tile backsplash in the kitchen and bathroom, glass backsplashes are growing more popular, with 64% of respondents saying they use this design approach


Natural stone tile is another growing trend. 



NKBA Kitchen Trend #3: LED Lighting

The use of LED (light-emitting diode) lighting increased to 77% of designers in 2013. LED has become an extremely popular type of energy efficient lighting, and is especially prevalent in many certified green homes.   LED lighting is still much more expensive than standard lighting, but some buyers consider this a must-have splurge in important areas like kitchens and baths.

NKBA Kitchen Trend #4: Touch Activated Faucets

5 Kitchen Design Trends in 2013 | Designer Choices for New KitchensWhile touch activated faucets showed the highest growth in popularity by users, pull-out faucets and pot fillers are also becoming more popular in 2013 homes.

 - Touch activated faucets are used by 32% of member designers in the research group

 - Pull-out faucets are used by 94% of member designers

 - Pot fillers are used by 33% of member designers


NKBA Kitchen Trend #5: Satin Nickel Finishes

Polished nickel and chrome have lost some of their shine; satin nickel and oil-rubbed bronze have taken the lead in growth in popularity.

60% of respondents use satin nickel finishes in the kitchen, with 50% using bronze/oil-rubbed bronze. 


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