Want to know what the hottest trends in kitchens and baths are in 2009? The NKBA Design Competition received 678 entries, and after searching through all of them, the NKBA (National Kitchen & Bath Association) selected ten design elements that clearly stood out.
“The trends spotted in this year’s competition are a great example of what’s to come in kitchen and bath design,” said Suzie Williford, President of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. “Each new trend will help turn a room into a well-designed, classic space.”
Based on the review of the design competition entries, the NKBA offers the top kitchen and bath trends for 2009.
Stainless steel is emerging as a new countertop favorite in kitchen design by creating a sleek, modern look that ties in perfectly with stainless steel appliances. Its part of a styling trend that combines the ingredients of a commercial-style kitchen with the warmth of cherry cabinets and natural stone floor, creating a room that is efficient, yet comfortable.
Black and White Kitchens
Eschewing color, dramatic black and white color schemes are becoming the norm with their contrast to one another in both value and sheen. The versatility and functional design create visual interest while blending together for a simple feeling.
Mirror, Mirror Off The Wall
Flush-mounted bathroom wall mirrors are starting to yield more creative placements. We’re seeing mirrors creatively popping up as freestanding furniture pieces, including back-to-back mirrors, sinks, and faucets to provide a clear his-and-hers space.
Tile and stone backsplashes are still popular but this year we’re seeing a number of designs with backsplashes made of interesting items such as fabric, mesh and bamboo, encased in plastic panel. These items create a unique look that complements the accents and countertops.
Tin ceilings are being increasingly used to add more visuals to kitchens and symmetrical focal points.
To create a cleaner, more open feel, many of the latest bathroom designs are eliminating cabinet legs and toe kicks in favor of floating, wall-mounted units. This leaves a large open area beneath the cabinet that makes the room feel more spacious.
Huge, dramatic hearths made of natural stone are becoming more common in kitchens.
The Asian-influenced shoji screen is now gaining popularity in a number of kitchen designs as they provide separation between kitchens and other living spaces when needed, while still allowing light to pass through.
Chrome Is Back
After years of yielding to finishes like brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze, polished chrome is making a comeback, particularly in bathrooms.
The use of glass was very prominent in the kitchens seen in 2009, but not in traditional places. Glass is turning up in countertops and backsplashes.