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NKBA Reveals Kitchen & Bath Design Trends for 2021

NKBA Reveals Kitchen & Bath Design Trends for 2021

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has released its annual Design Trends study that envisages the upcoming kitchen and bathroom design trends in 2021. In lieu of the COVID 19 epidemic, it is quite predictable that there will be an increasing tendency to spend more time at home so will the kitchen and bath design trends.

NKBA has surveyed 716 professionals from across North America, ranging from designers and manufacturers to architects; in order to identify the emerging kitchen design trends, products, materials, and technologies.

The report depicts an increase in outdoor living projects and use of technology, while lighter-colored quartz countertops and L-shaped kitchens with large islands will be more popular in 2021. The design preferences for kitchen and bath will continue to be contemporary, with added influence of natural/organic styles.

Bill Darcy, NKBA CEO said,

“We expect designs for both kitchen and bath to continue trending toward a more modern, organic feel that is both streamlined and adaptable.

He also explained the rising importance of kitchen in a home, declaring it a space for multitasking, especially during the pandemic. This trend is continuing, with people looking for more open-space concepts, multi-season outdoor living spaces, and larger kitchen island hubs, along with increased functionality and storage. Kitchen is becoming the central spot at home; where people can cook, eat, work, home-school and play, all in the same vicinity.

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Other emerging kitchen trends


  • Gas and induction cooking methods are nearly equal in popularity. The induction cooktops are expected to replace traditional glass electric cooktops
  • Ventilation hoods will become the new decorative focal point in the kitchen


  • Matte and brushed finishes in stainless steel or black
  • Motion-control/hands-free or touch/tap faucets will grow in popularity in the current epidemic period


  • Light-colored quartz surfaces will continue to be the most preferred material for countertops
  • Large-scale backsplashes with a solid slab or long subway tile
  • Mixing complementary colors and materials on perimeter countertops and islands


  • Dedicated device-charging/viewing
  • Seamless video communication
  • Emergency power for the refrigerator

Other emerging bathroom trends


  • Larger freestanding showers with capacity to accommodate two people with zero-clearance entry, integrated seating and grab bars
  • Larger-format surrounds with fewer grout lines
  • Linear drains
  • Voice-activated or hands-free faucets
  • Black and nickel in matte or brushed finishes


  • Bidets
  • Self-closing lids


  • Floating vanities with integrated electrical outlets, charging capabilities and storage


  • Radiant heated flooring


  • Motion-sensor lighting
  • Temperature control
  • Leak detection with mobile alerts
  • Mirrors with integrated internet access

Via: NKBA/SupplyHT

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