October 1, 2019

Material Witness: By the Numbers

What’s hot, what’s next? NKBA’s exclusive 2019 Design Trends survey took a deep dive into the leading trends, surfaces, colors, finishes and more that are driving kitchen and bath style today and what’s projected for tomorrow. Here’s are 10 stylish stats from the poll of nearly 600 design professionals.

On the Horizon

Transitional (88%), Contemporary (80%) and Farmhouse (55%) are projected to be the most popular kitchen styles over the next three years. Industrial (50%) and Traditional (46%) round out the top five.

Got the Blues?

After white, gray and beige/bone, blues are most popular in the three leading kitchen categories: Transitional (19% of kitchens); Contemporary (13%) and Farmhouse (15%).

Plan of Steel

Stainless-steel sinks dominate Contemporary kitchens (82%), Industrial (71%), Transitional (67%) and Mid-Century (65%).

Bath of the Future

Transitional (83%), Contemporary (79%) and Traditional (48%) are projected to be the most popular master bath styles over the next three years. Industrial and Coastal (44% each) round out the top five.

Rockin’ It

Quartz still dominates kitchen and bath countertops in all design styles except Industrial kitchens, where concrete is king.

Walk the Plank

Hardwood/engineered wood in plank style is most popular in Farmhouse (92%) and Transitional (81%) kitchens.

Mix It Up

Mixed materials (55%) and metal (41%) characterize cabinets in Industrial-style kitchens while painted wood prevails for cabinets in 77% of Farmhouse kitchens.

Staying Grounded

Ceramic/porcelain/stone flooring is in found in 82% of Transitional baths but just 57% of Industrial baths.

Black Magic

While stainless steel still leads most appliance finishes, black stainless is coming on strong, appearing in about a third of most kitchen styles.

Mid-Century Mark

61% of design professionals say cabinets make the biggest statement in Mid-Century kitchens, most often in a medium wood grain (56%), with flat panel or slab doors.

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