Kitchen and Bath Trends 2014

4/6/2014 12:00 AM

The National Kitchen and Bath Assn. (NKBA) has released the findings from its 2014 Design Trends Survey. Four hundred and twenty kitchen and bathroom professionals participated this year, and major takeaways indicate that contemporary, spa-like, accessible and easy-to-maintain bathrooms are “in,” as are kitchens with clean, simple lines and less clutter.


The ascendency of contemporary style is a major shift for 2014.  As recently as a few years ago, traditional styling represented three-quarters of the bathrooms designed by NKBA members. Traditional bathrooms are now trailing contemporary (68 percent), while still representing 62 percent of the bathroom projects completed by NKBA bathroom designers in 2013. 

“Spa bathrooms and Zen-like retreats are definitely desired aspects of today’s bathrooms, driving a more contemporary aesthetic,” said John Petrie, CMKBD, of Mother Hubbard's Custom Cabinetry in Mechanicsburg, PA, and 2014 NKBA President.

Beige and bone color schemes, with white fixtures and Polished Chrome faucets were popular designs in 2013.  Gray, the third most popular color scheme in 2013, will be by far the fastest growing in 2014, according to 58 percent of designer respondents.

Also notable: About a third of designers included lighting in showers in 2013, with this number only expected to increase in 2014.

Other key findings about bathroom design trends:

-Fifty-seven percent of NKBA respondents specified bathrooms they described as universal design/accessible in 2013.  And 60 percent anticipate doing more in 2014.

-Fully 64 percent of NKBA designers specified a soaking tub in a master bath, with 42 percent expecting that trend to accelerate in 2014.  Preferences lean towards free-standing non-jetted tubs.

-About 70 percent of designers included benches or seats in showers — this number is expected to increase in 2014.

-Electric radiant floor heating was specified by 55 percent of respondents and half see it increasing in 2014.

-Steam showers gained steam, with twice as many respondents specifying steam showers as whirlpools for master baths in 2013.  Forty-four percent of respondents see the demand for steam showers increasing in 2014.

-Approximately half of NKBA respondents specified no-threshold showers, and seven out of 10 expect to do more in 2014.

-Eighty-four percent specified comfort height toilets and 81 percent, comfort height vanities in 2013.  Almost two-thirds see them increasing in 2014.

-Features in demand: Ceramic or porcelain tile for flooring, quartz for vanity tops, linen storage cabinets, undermount sinks and wall-hung floating vanities, console tables and open shelving.


The contemporary trend in bath carries over to the kitchen as well, with 62 percent of respondents saying it’s on the upswing after ending 2013 in second place.

“While transitional styles are still number one, we see kitchen design trending more contemporary this year, with clean, simple lines; less clutter; and little ornamentation,” Petrie said.

LED lighting was cited as an “in-demand” kitchen feature for the coming year. Some 70 percent of respondents see quartz countertops increasing in 2014, and wood, the most specified flooring in 2013, will grow even more in 2014.

Glass, now number three for backsplashes, is predicted to grow in popularity in 2014. Satin Nickel, now the most popular faucet finish, is expected to continue to flourish in 2014, as will Polished Chrome. Stainless steel is the most popular sink material with porcelain enamel a distant second. Granite composite, now number three, is expected to grow in 2014.