Most Recent Designs and Requirements for Our Kitchens

An annual survey is being conducted by NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) to identify the latest updates in design and improvement for our kitchens. This year alone, over 300 members participated in the survey that gave a vivid picture differentiating numerous trendy designs, materials and products that are developed by their team of designers in making and displaying the best in the world of modern kitchen.

Here is a quick peek at the facts in today’s most recent designs for our kitchen all over United States and across Canada:

Using Darker Paint Finish – Kitchens with light to dark hues of paint are very common to over the years. Last year’s survey present that light, medium and dark hues are used by people 30%, 54%, 55% of them respectively. The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). This year’s 4% increase in 44% for the past 2 years of glazed finishes are also noted by NKBA.

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Photo Courtesy of kitchendesigncentral.blogspot.com

Kitchen Cabinet Painted in White – when dominant colors in the cabinet is concerned, white has been the top choice over the years. With the increasing kitchen fashion three years back, it’ll be safe to say that this trend is going to stay for a while. Surveys indicate predominant white-painted cabinets increased to 67% this year compared to 47%-59% of last year’s survey.

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Photo Courtesy of docslate.com

Using LED Lights – Light-emitting diodes or LED is another type of lighting known to be the most highly recommended lighting vital to kitchen design according to experts. Almost NKBA members and designers across U.S.A. and Canada have chosen this technology of lighting due to its energy efficient characteristic aside from it being stylish; 77% of kitchen designers recommend LED shows increase from last year’s 70%. This rising kitchen fashion from 2010 50% shows that this design will not go out of style anytime soon.

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Photo Courtesy of furniture.trendzona.com

Satin Nickel on your Faucets and Metal Fixtures – Conducted surveys from 2011 indicate the most popular materials chosen for the kitchen’s faucet will be satin nickel. Usage of it sky rocketed from 42% to 60% from 2010 to present. The rising popularity of finishes such as oil- rubbed bronze has also been noted. Demand for these finishes is increasing, most likely attributed to the decreasing popularity of chrome and polished nickel. Polished chrome has been noted in 2012 seen a major downtrend from 52% to 47% according to a recent survey. Data gathered in polished nickel usage on the other hand indicates a 25% to 20% declination currently.

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Photo Courtesy of americanstandard-us.com

Glass Backsplash Accents – Almost three years of glass backsplashes dominate the kitchen at an increasing 42% in 1 2010 survey to 64% to date. According to the current surveys, natural stone usage drop from 60% to 55% even though ceramic and porcelain tiles still remain at the top for three years and counting, its major use seen a downfall of 88% in 2010 to 77% on the recent survey.

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Photo Courtesy of glassbacksplashpaint.com

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Highlight Your Kitchen’s Brilliant Architecture and Design with Marble and Granite

Marble and granite are two of the most durable and stylish materials that people use in building and furnishing their homes. These materials are often used as flooring and kitchen top surfaces since they are very sturdy and pretty easy to clean. These are often the qualities that people look for when choosing remodeling or building materials.

Granite

Granite Countertop Design

There are a lot of considerations when choosing kitchen building materials. There’s the issue of durability, affordability and practicality. Using marble and granite easily addresses most, if not all of these considerations. Given that these materials are natural and ingenious rock formations, they are very durable and could last a lifetime, which in turn makes them one of the most practical building materials.

These stone surfaces are scratch and heat-resistant and practically indestructible which makes them obvious choices for kitchen countertops. They are also available almost everywhere which explains the uniformity when it comes to their prices. Talking about the issue of affordability and practicality, marble and granite has it all.

Like most solid surfaces, marble and granite may break due to strong impact or could chip off around the edges. Though damaged, they can easily be repaired using a special granite dust and epoxy compound. Generally, granite and marble does not stain easily and is also pretty easy to maintain. The trick is using a quality stone sealer after installation to prevent oil and other liquids from soaking in or seeping into the stone’s surface.

Marble Countertop Design

Marble Countertop Design

Elegance is also one of the characteristics that these natural stone slabs posses. Theycome in various hues and colours that are timelessly fashionable. All you have to do is select the exact colours that you need. Nothing really compares to using all natural building materials to furnish your kitchen. It gives it a distinct and luxurious characteristic as well as helps provide inspiration when whipping up some uniquely delicious food creations.

Whoever thought that the only light coloured natural stone surface that you could use is marble? You’d be very pleased to know that there is currently this growing trend in kitchen design using white granite. More and more home and property owners have discovered this surface as an architecturally sound choice which helps create the illusion of having a larger kitchen space. It’s also an excellent way to highlight and accentuate the different textures and colours you use for your kitchen.

There are also different patterns and colours that can be found in white granite which goes well when incorporated with the countless interior design ideas.