By Matt Blank
What’s hot… and what’s not… in kitchen and bathroom design and remodeling for 2013?
“As we settle into 2013 and a seemingly healthier national economy, some kitchen and bath design trends continue to flourish, while consumer budgets for these projects appear to have shrunk just a bit. To get specific —
* Gray color schemes in both kitchens and baths have witnessed a dramatic escalation since 2010, particularly over the past year. Used currently in 55% of kitchens and 56% of bathrooms, shades of gray are growing in appeal, creating chic, sophisticated spaces that many consumers desire.
* Also, continuing an important trend from last year, transitional-style kitchens and baths have clearly surpassed traditional styles, a longstanding favorite until 2012.
* While the use of quartz finishes was in slight decline last year, it has surfaced as a clear trendsetter this year, coming a close second to granite.
* Homeowner spending on their kitchen and bath remodels was trending upward a year ago, but the latest numbers tell a slightly less robust story. Heading into 2012, the total cost of the average kitchen and the average bath design was $51,050 and $18,575, respectively. As we move into 2013, the figures have dipped to $47,308 in kitchens, while staying steady at $18,538 in bathrooms.
Over 300 National Kitchen & Bath Association member-designers participated in the 2013 NKBA Design Trends Survey, reporting the materials, product types, and styles that they specified in their kitchen and bath designs over the final three months of 2012. While broad trends won’t be evident in every local market, the following are the top overall trends that emerged for kitchens and baths across the United States and Canada.”
General Kitchen & Bathroom Trends for 2013
- Shades of Grey
- Quartz Counters
- Trending “Transitional” Style (a seamless blend of traditional and contemporary)
2013 Kitchen Remodeling Trends
- White Painted Cabinetry
- Glass Backsplash
- LED/Energy Efficient Lighting
- Touch-activated faucets
- Satin Nickel finish faucets on the rise
2013 Bathroom Remodeling Trends
- Ceramic/Porcelain tile flooring.
- Undermounted sinks remain the most requested in bathrooms.
Average Total Costs: No Growth
NKBA members did not see any increase in the average costs of their bathrooms and kitchens. Kitchens actually fell by .08% (around $3700 less than 2012). Bathrooms sunk even less – .017% (about $300 less than 2012). While no growth sounds like a bad thing, these numbers are up thousands of dollars from the bottom of 2011.
You can view and download the complete 2013 report here.