NKBA Reveals What Design Choices Are Trending in Kitchen and Baths in 2017


The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) released the results of its 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Report during a press conference at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Florida. The report, which surveyed NKBA members, revealed what’s popular in colors, finishes, and design styles. Here are a few of the top trends revealed in the survey:

Kitchen trends

  • Cabinetry with clean lines and built-in styles are popular. More homeowners might be willing to go with a more modern look because of the new technologies being introduced in kitchens.
  • White and gray are still the go-to colors for many NKBA members. Two-tone kitchens are also trending.
  • Wood cabinets still dominate the kitchen, but metal cabinets (such as stainless steel, gold, and black) could be on the rise. Quartz is the top countertop choice.
  • Accessible and universal design features are trending as homeowners are choosing to age in place and more households are multi-generational.
  • Technology is on the rise with internet-connected appliances making their way into the kitchen as well as induction cooktops and steam ovens.

Bathroom trends

  • White and gray remain the popular choice for designers. Young homeowners also interested in blue, violet, and purple hues.
  • Wood vanities and linen storage cabinets are the most popular choice for storage solutions. Ceramic tile reigns supreme for flooring, but high-quality laminate seems to be gaining popularity.
  • According to the report, more than half of NKBA members surveyed said they eliminated a tub from a bathroom remodel, but half also specified including a free standing tub.
  • Homeowners are looking for safety and comfort in the bathroom: no-threshold showers, shower seats, lighting in the shower, etc.
  • Water-saving technology for faucets and toilets are becoming more mainstream.
From traditional and classic to modern and contemporary our designers work with clients to realize the ultimate design potential on any project. If you are considering remodeling a kitchen or bathroom in 2017, contact us today or call us at 847-922-3418. We will be happy to help you explore all the options, costs and design possibilities of any project.