Kitchen & Bath Trends for 2012

By Matt Henke, Builder

I hate to admit it, but it takes me five to ten years to recognize a change in fashion. I got my first pair of cargo shorts just a few years ago. And that was closely followed by a pair of flat front khakis. Before that my shorts were mid-thigh and my khakis had large pleats. Meanwhile the rest of the world has been enjoying these “new” trends for almost a decade! The same thing can happen with our homes. One day we are painting over our stained wood cabinets, only to discover that stained wood is back. And by the time we get all our polished chrome hardware replaced with brushed nickel, we learn that polished chrome is back, baby!

The National Kitchen & Bath Association just completed their 2012 Kitchen & Bath Style Report where they reveal what their survey of 350 NKBA member designers says about kitchen and bath trends. For example kitchens are seeing less cherry, darker finishes, and glass backsplashes. And baths, for example, are seeing a resurgence of medicine cabinets to create that extra space. And for the first time, it seems that transitional (a blend of traditional and contemporary) is more popular than traditional among kitchen and bath designs. If you’re looking to remodel or build from scratch, the NKBA report is a helpful guide for making those design decisions.