NKBA Reveals 2016 Kitchen and Bath Design Trends

Transitional styles lead in both the kitchen and the bath; mixed color schemes and accessible design in demand

Jan 19, 2016, 17:30 ET from National Kitchen & Bath Association

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J., Jan. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Kitchen & Bath Association today released its 2016 Design Trends Survey, highlighting the latest design trends in kitchens and baths in American homes. Among the trends identified for this year, the most significant impacting both the kitchen and the bath are:

  • Transitional style continues to dominate in both kitchens and baths, although contemporary looks are also emerging in kitchen design.
  • While gray and white/off-whites are the most common kitchen color schemes, mixed colors are emerging. NKBA members reported pairing creamy whites with charcoal, and other light/dark combinations.
  • Simplified storage, including pull-outs, tilt-ups, roll-outs and hidden outlets are increasingly specified in both kitchens and baths.
  • More than 60% of NKBA members reported adding pet spaces to their kitchen projects in 2015, including built-in feeding stations, food storage and crates.

More than 450 NKBA members from across the country participated in the study, reporting the materials, product types and design styles they specified during the past year in response to changing consumer preferences. Nearly half of respondents reported their average kitchen prices to customers were between $20,000 and $49,999, while average bathroom prices were between $10,000 and $29,999.

A third of survey respondents described their customer bases as "empty nesters," with 20 percent reporting that multi-generational households and families with teenage children represent their primary customer bases.

"The NKBA has been a leading authority of what's new in kitchen and bath design for more than three decades," said NKBA CEO Bill Darcy. "Our members are on the cutting edge of the styles, materials and finishes that consumers want most for their homes."

The full 2016 NKBA Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Survey is available free to NKBA members at NKBA.org > Learn > For Professionals > NKBA Market Research.

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 tens of thousands of members in segments of the kitchen and bath industry, the NKBA has provided information and education since the association's 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 NKBA.org or call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).

KBIS® and NKBA® are registered trademarks of the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

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