Although the most popular features have remained unchanged, some new trends are gaining traction
Mark Crawford, HousingZone Contributing Editor
January 12, 2010
According to the National Kitchen & Bath Association, trends in kitchen and bath design for 2010 wonâ€™t be much different from the previous year, although certain styles, colors, coverings, finishes and materials are gaining rapidly in popularity.
Traditional is still the most popular design style for kitchens in 2010. Whites and off-whites dominate the color category. Cherry remains the most popular wood for cabinetry. Ceramic, porcelain and natural stone tiles are popular kitchen flooring options, with granite being favored for countertops. Gas ranges are still preferred over electric ranges.
Newer kitchen trends that are gaining in popularity include:
â€¢ Shaker style kitchen design
â€¢ Maple and alder cabinetry finishes
â€¢ Quartz countertops
â€¢ Pull-out kitchen faucets
â€¢ Polished chrome finishes on kitchen faucets
â€¢ Under-counter refrigerator drawers
â€¢ Dishwasher drawers for small loads
The most popular bathroom style continues to be traditional with beiges and bones. Granite surfaces and simple under-mount sinks are the most popular options for vanities. Most homeowners are opting for white/off-white fixtures. Preferred faucet finishes are similar to those in the kitchen, with brushed nickel leading the way in 2010.
Bathroom design components that are gaining momentum are:
â€¢ Marble vanity tops
â€¢ Integrated sink tops, drop-in sinks, vessel sinks and pedestal sinks
â€¢ Bronze and stainless steel finishes for faucets