Contemporary Kitchens and Bathrooms Surge in Popularity According to Leading Trade Group

Sleek designs, innovative storage solutions and tons of amenities lead 2015 kitchen and bath trends from the National Kitchen & Bath Association

Jan 20, 2015, 17:30 ET from National Kitchen & Bath Association

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- KBIS -- Contemporary and transitional styles have overtaken North America's long love affair with traditional designs in the kitchen and bath.

According to the 2015 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends report from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), transitional styles are most popular in kitchens, with contemporary not far behind. Transitional and contemporary are tied for most popular bathroom styles.

Here are the top 10 overall kitchen design trends NKBA expects for 2015:

  1. Clean with an overall contemporary feeling. A fusion of styles and multiple colors in one kitchen.
  2. European-styled cabinets.
  3. Multiples of appliances in one kitchen.
  4. The rise of 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. Considering the needs of all users in the space, including pets. 

For the bathroom, NKBA cites these top 10 trends:

  1. Clean, white, contemporary designs.
  2. Floating vanities.
  3. Open-shelving.
  4. Electric heated floors.
  5. Purple haze.
  6. Trough sinks.
  7. User experience (easy of use and maintenance) and accessibility.
  8. Amenities.
  9. Innovative storage.
  10. Showers and freestanding tubs.

White is the most common color scheme for both kitchens and bathrooms. Designers reported that kitchens with multiple color schemes are emerging.

White and gray are the dominant colors for bathrooms, specified by more than 70 percent of respondents in 2014. Half expect to see gray continue to grow in 2015. Intriguingly, several comments referenced purple, lavender and lilac.  

NKBA members specialize in full kitchen and bath projects, both remodels and new construction. More than half do kitchen projects in the $20,000 - $49,000 price range and bathrooms in the $10,000 - $29,000 price range for design, materials, and labor. Another nearly 40 percent report that their average kitchen price is more than $50,000 for design, materials, and labor, and nearly 30 percent report that their average bathroom price is more than $30,000

"This report is so valuable because NKBA members are on the cutting edge of kitchen and bathroom design," said Maria Stapperfenne, CKD CBD, 2015 NKBA president. "It gives us the point-of-view from the specialists who are on the front lines creating beautiful and beautifully functional kitchens bathrooms every day." More than 400 designers participated in this study conducted online in late 2014.

More details, including product trends, are included in the full 2015 NKBA Kitchen & Bath Design Trends report, available free to NKBA members on

To find NKBA members near you for kitchen and bathroom projects, please visit

About The National Kitchen & Bath Association

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is the not-for-profit trade association that owns the KBIS®. With nearly 14,000 member companies representing more than 60,000 individuals, the NKBA has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry since its founding in 1963. The mission of the NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).

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