The NKBA Reports Kitchen & Bath Styles

The results are in from a recent survey of designers conducted by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) to reveal the key design trends for 2010. The results of the NKBA 2010 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Survey confirmed the continuation of a number of existing trends in the marketplace, but also uncovered others that indicate shifts in the direction that kitchen and bath style will take this year. Below are 2010’s seven kitchen trends and four bath trends.
KITCHENS
1. Traditional is the New Contemporary:Traditional will continue as the most popular kitchen design style in 2010, with contemporary following closely behind, while the Shaker style is seeing a surprisingly strong resurgence. Shades of whites and off-whites will be the most common kitchen colors in 2010, while brown, beige, and bone hues will also be popular.
2. Cherry on Top:Cherry will remain the most popular wood for kitchen cabinetry, followed closely by maple, while alder increases in use. As for the finishes placed on those cabinets, medium natural, dark natural, glazed, and white painted will all be common. Other colors of painted cabinetry and light natural finishes are in decline, however, as are distressed finishes.
3. Floored by Tile:Ceramic and porcelain tile, as well as natural stone tile, remain popular kitchen flooring options, but hardwood will dominate the kitchen landscape more than ever in 2010. For countertops, granite continues to be the most popular option, but quartz will nearly catch up in popularity. For backsplashes, ceramic or porcelain tile and glass will serve as the primary materials.
4. Flexible Faucets:Standard kitchen faucets will become less standard in 2010 in favor of more convenient models. Pull-out faucets continue to increase their market dominance, while pot filler faucets will also become more prevalent. Kitchen faucets will most often be finished in brushed nickel, followed by stainless steel, satin nickel, and—surprisingly—polished chrome.
5. Undercounter Refrigeration:French door and freezer-bottom are the two most popular styles of refrigerators, and side-by-side refrigerators remain a popular option. A surprising trend is the extent to which undercounter refrigerator drawers are being used in the latest kitchen designs. Perhaps even more surprising is that under counter wine refrigerators have been recently specified by half of kitchen designers.
6. A Range of Cooking Options:The tried-and-true range continues to serve as the workhorse for cooking, although the combination of a cook top and wall oven is beginning to overtake it. Gas will maintain its position as the most popular type of cook top over electric, although induction cooking continues to gain in popularity due to its energy efficiency.
7. Dishwasher-in-a-Drawer:Standard dishwashers, with the traditional door that pulls from the top down, will once again be easily the most common type in 2010. However, an increasing number of dishwasher drawers will be installed in kitchens this year for their convenience and their ability to wash small loads of dishes in each drawer, thereby saving water and electricity.

BATHROOMS
1. In With the Old, Out with the New Traditional will be the most popular design style in bathrooms in 2010, as contemporary designs will be a distant second, followed by the Shaker style as an even more distant third. Beiges and bones will be the most common colors used in bathrooms, followed by whites and off-whites, and then by browns, indicating a somewhat subdued color palette this year.
2. Ceramic and Granite:Ceramic and porcelain tile will be the dominant flooring materials in bathrooms this year, while natural stone will continue to prove popular as well. Though increasingly popular in kitchens, hardwood flooring won’t become common in bathrooms in 2010. For vanity tops, granite will remain king, with quartz and marble also proving popular options.
3. Simple Fixtures:Perhaps more than ever, the most common color for fixtures will be white. Bisque and off-white will be the only other fixture colors at all common in new or remodeled bathroom. For sinks, simple under mount models will be most popular, followed by integrated sink tops, drop-in sinks, vessel sinks, and pedestal sinks.
4. A Nickel for Every Finish:Faucet finishes in the bathroom are similar to those used in current kitchen designs, with brushed nickel continuing to lead the way in 2010. Polished chrome and satin nickel will also be incorporated into many bathrooms, just as they had been throughout 2009. These faucet finishes will be followed by bronze and stainless steel.

The Right Way to Pick A Remodeling Professional

Remodeling a kitchen or bathroom can be overwhelming for any homeowner. This is not a do-it-yourself project – remodeling these rooms is very different from a bedroom, dining room or family room. A specialized professional should be brought in to make accurate measurements, suggest proper materials and design a functional, safe and cost-efficient space that specifically reflects a homeowner’s taste and lifestyle. Whether it is new construction or a remodel, let an NKBA professional add value to your investment by applying their experience and expertise to the job.
To ease the process and help homeowners find an appropriate professional that will guide them through the stages of remodeling, the NKBA offers the following tips:
•Do your research. Pick several designers or dealers in your area; meet with each of them and trade ideas and suggestions. Make sure they’re qualified for your needs and ask to see past projects and/or a portfolio.
•Clean, neat showrooms. Showrooms serve as a way for designers and dealers to showcase their work. When a showroom is messy, missing elements of displays or not completed professionally, it might be a warning signal to look elsewhere.
•Interesting designs. Look for a professional who designs outside the box. This is a major investment and you don’t want to settle for the status quo.
•Well-constructed presentations. Craftsmanship is just as important as innovative designs. If your kitchen or bathroom isn’t built well, you’ll feel as though it was a wasted investment.
•Broad range of styles. You’ll want a professional who can create more than one look. If all the products or designs have a similar look, you won’t be able to personalize your space.
•Friendly, helpful staff. A kitchen or bath remodel could take months to complete. You will be in close contact with these professionals during this time and you want it to be an enjoyable experience.
•Satisfied client references. If a designer is unable to provide you with a list of satisfied clients, it may be an indication that you will not be satisfied either.
•NKBA Membership. Membership in the NKBA symbolizes the finest the kitchen and bath industry has to offer. NKBA members specialize in kitchens and bathrooms and you will be able to benefit from this focused expertise.
Pick the NKBA professional that satisfies your taste and style most. You should never be persuaded to do anything you don’t like or that doesn’t fit into your budget. NKBA members are the finest professionals in the industry and can help to make your dream kitchen and bath a reality.FINE Cabinetry is a proud member of the NKBA.

Tips on Controlling Your Remodeling Budget

The most important part of any remodeling project is making sure you don’t go over your budget. Doing so can lead to settling for unexpected options, disagreements with contractors and worst case, an unfinished room!
This is why the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is providing homeowners with a few simple guidelines to follow when remodeling, especially during National Kitchen & Bath Month this October. Follow the steps below from the NKBA to make sure your remodel is everything you expected, at a price you can live with!

• Differentiate between ‘need’ and ‘want’. Research the costs of many different kinds of products and materials starting with the most expensive necessities down to the items you can do without. Major appliances should be at the top of your list since they will cost the most. Know the difference between needing something and just wanting it. Start your budget with things you need.

• Make a top 10 list. Look around your kitchen and/or bathroom and decide what needs to be replaced the most and what can be worked on down the road. Remember the needs of your family. If you have small children, safety should be taken into consideration when prioritizing or if a family member is handicapped or elderly, this should be budgeted into your costs and design as well.

• Resist temptation. Know exactly what you want before you search for it so you’re not tempted to buy out of your range. Uncertainty may leave you vulnerable to purchasing unnecessary products and to choosing materials that go beyond your means. Know what features are most important to you and your family so it’s easier to choose when the time comes. There’s an abundance of different appliances that offer different features but most will get the job done, so if you’re budget doesn’t allow it, don’t pick anything too fancy or high-tech.

• Get a quote. A designer and/or contractor should always visit your home before providing you with a quote for the design and installation. Don’t accept a quote for your project until a full survey has been completed. Make sure the quote is thorough to avoid overspending down the road and any misunderstandings.

• Double-check. Make sure to visit a showroom to see the products and materials in person in order to determine the quality of what you’re buying before you buy it. Magazine and Internet photos are not as reliable as they may seem and may be overpriced for what you’re getting. Try to get referrals from people you trust. Don’t be afraid to ask friends, neighbors and family members to see their kitchens and ask who they hired. This is a great way to envision the quality of the result of your kitchen if you decide to use the same designer and contractors.

• Keep track of your payments. Arrange a clearly defined payment schedule. Ask for several installments throughout the project. Never pay in full until you have received delivery of all your goods. Companies that ask for full payment ahead of delivery have your money – but you don’t have your appliances or completed kitchen or bath.