Kitchen trends favor a contemporary feel and ample storage, according to a survey of design professionals and released at the 2014 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, which was held Feb. 2-4 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
“While transitional styles are still No. 1, we see kitchen design trending more contemporary this year with clean, simple lines, less clutter and little ornamentation,” National Kitchen & Bath Association president John Petrie says. The association conducted the survey.
The survey included the following results:
• Contemporary will be the fastest growing kitchen style in 2014 with 62 percent of respondents saying it’s on the upswing after ending 2013 in second place. Transitional maintained a very small lead as the most popular style. Shaker placed third.
• More than half of respondents say they incorporate universal design and easy-maintenance features in their kitchens and demand is expected to continue.
• Two-thirds of respondents incorporate docking and charging stations and a desk or home office area. Flat-screen TVs are another popular feature.
• Energy-saving appliances are most often specified. An increase in demand is predicted for water-saving faucets.
• Eighty percent of the respondents say furniture-style components are extremely popular in the kitchen.
• Seventy percent predict demand for quartz countertops will rise in 2014, followed by countertops made of recycled materials.
• Wood continues to be the most popular flooring choice.
• Satin nickel is the most popular faucet finish, followed by polished chrome.
• Stainless steel is the most popular sink material, followed by porcelain enamel and granite composite.
Other kitchen features in demand include induction cooktops, steam ovens, French-door refrigerators, bottom freezer refrigerators, touch-activated faucets, electric faucets and LED lighting.
This article originally appeared in the March 2014 issue.