National Cooking Area & Bath Association 2019 Kitchen Design Patterns

National Cooking Area & Bath Association 2019 Kitchen Design Patterns

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) launched its 2019 Kitchen area Design Trends report. The report coincided with its yearly Cooking area and Bath Market Show (KBIS), commemorating the very best in bathroom and kitchen design patterns.

The report and the program reveal the most popular designs and features. They also supply indications of what’s trending for the next 3 years. This consists of info gleaned from expert designers, dealers, specialists, manufacturers, remodelers, general specialists and designers.

Freshome asked Elle H-Millard, Certified Cooking Area Designer and Industry Relations Manager at the NKBA, for images from the designers, and insights concerning the essential U.S. cooking area style trends.

The most popular cooking area style styles

” Transitional kitchens have actually dominated kitchen area design and 65% of respondents stated they were the most-often preferred kitchen style,” states H-Millard. “That makes them more than twice as popular as traditional, modern or farmhouse kitchen styles.” She expects transitional cooking areas to stay popular for a while.

Regarding island size, H-Millard states medium- and large-sized islands were tied for top place. “Small and extra-small islands are not popular, and not having an island at all doesn’t seem a choice, gathering only 2% of the vote.” Likewise, L-shaped cooking area layouts were three times as popular as the second choice, U-shaped designs.

Another pattern is mixing metals. “Wood and quartz are being integrated to produce a smooth look from the kitchen to the island to the living/family room area,” H-Millard states. “And, in order to attain that seamlessness, home appliances are hidden, messes are out of sight and there is a cleanliness/minimalist feel to the space.”

Above is an example of concealing significant appliances and combining wood and stone to blend in and produce an extension of living spaces. “This is not your mom’s kitchen,” H-Millard explains.

Cabinets and devices

White devices are popular, along with black stainless and brightly colored devices. Other patterns include alternate sizing/placement (undercabinet/drawer dishwashers and narrow fridges, for example), refrigerator columns permitting versatility in spreading out cold zones, and microwave drawers.

Designers and house owners are likewise blending cabinet colors and surfaces. “For instance, they’re blending 2 or 3 cabinet colors and/or designs: one for base cabinets, another for the island and still another for upper cabinets.”

Another pattern is developing contrast by blending dark counter tops with light cabinets and vice versa.

Counter top and storage area

Whether you believe the cooking area work triangle is an out-of-date design guideline or not, space and functionality are constantly issues that designers need to tackle. “When you walk into the kitchen area with a bag of groceries, you require somewhere to put them,” H-Millard discusses. “These spaces are created so you have a place for your groceries when you walk through the door.”

Open shelving is utilized as a way to display both curated collectibles in addition to utilitarian dishes. Shelves may be wood, metal or glass and tend to be drifting.

Above are examples of custom storage. “We’re seeing contemporary European-style cabinets with surprise manages and LED/interior lighting,” H-Millard says. “In addition, cabinets include vertical-lift doors in wall cabinets and motorized opening and closing with the touch of a button or knee activation.”

Backsplashes, counter tops and lighting

Backsplashes are getting taller and using up the entire wall. Long, narrow rectangle-shaped tile, subway tile, and small tile/mosaic backsplashes provide visual impact. “Likewise, regarding countertops, matte surfaces and new products like large-format porcelain pieces are popular.” H-Millard states there has actually likewise been a resurgence of laminate, soapstone and Corian. “Concrete looks, quartzite, a high level of texture and unique granites with a lot of motion are trending.” And she says there are modifications in density and color options.

Cooking area lighting is more modern with more alternatives, too. “Improvements in LED innovation consist of better color making and the ability to dim,” H-Millard says. Other trends consist of integrated LED components and LED strips for all sort of applications.

Should you utilize hardwood floors in kitchens? It appears that debate has actually been settled. Hardwood or crafted wood slab were popular in a number of the winning kitchen area designs. Other popular alternatives consist of large-format ceramic, porcelain and stone tile.


Innovations continue to make life in the kitchen area much easier. Above, GE’s Café French door refrigerator has a Keurig K-Cup single cup maker. With the cooktop displayed in the image on the right, GE’s Café app permits users to automatically adjust the pan temperature and screen cook time as they proceed through each recipe step. Likewise, by picking the Control Mode feature, the burners are set to the very best temperature level for whatever is being cooked.

Regarding the latest faucet patterns, stainless steel continues to be the most popular kitchen sink material. Other patterns include pull-down kitchen area and bar preparation faucets and faucets that are touch or motion managed. Pot fillers are likewise trendy. Delta’s Broderick Cooking area Collection, for example, includes a pull-down bridge faucet. The ShieldSpray technology uses a focused jet within a protective sphere of water. This powers away persistent messes however lead to 90% less splatter compared to a standard spray.

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