What’s Hot for Kitchens and Baths

What’s Hot for Kitchens and Baths

If you’re renovating, you know how important it is to be on-trend: You don’t want to spend thousands of dollars to end up with last year’s kitchen. Thankfully, the National Kitchen and Bath Association, a trade group of kitchen and bath pros, polls more than one hundred member designers to find out what they’re including in renovations they do for clients. Here are the hot trends:

Satin Surges

We mean satin nickel faucets, that is: 57% of NKBA designers asked for satin nickel faucets in the bathroom last year, up from 45% a year earlier. Apparently that look is in, pulling ahead of brushed nickel. (For those of you who haven’t renovated a bathroom lately, both finishes are a little matte, unlike the traditional polished nickel shiny, silver-colored finish that you can check your lipstick in.)

Trash Is Flash

In my house, the recycling is sorted … and then sits on the counter, creating an eyesore. However, in designer kitchens, there’s a place to put the trash. In the last quarter of 2010, some 89% of NKBA-designed kitchens included trash or trash and recycling pullouts. The number of designers who incorporated garbage disposals, meanwhile, rose by 18%.

Quartz Precision

Last year, more than half of NKBA designers used quartz vanity tops in the bathroom. It’s still less widely used than granite (used by 83%) but surging in popularity. (The two materials cost roughly the same). Quartz—which is engineered into slabs and marketed under brand names like Caesarstone and Silestone—comes in a variety of colors, and proponents like that it has a more even pattern than granite, so it’s easier to match up the slabs.

Induction Adoption

Induction cook-tops—which aren’t hot when you finish using them, making them very appealing to people with little kids—rose in popularity, with 34% of the designers polled using them, up from 28% the year before. Induction cook-tops are usually more energy-efficient than gas or electric cook-tops, so they’re popular with the eco-friendly crowd as well.

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