Industry Trends

The NKBA Latest Kitchen Trends for 2015


Today kitchens are truly the heart of the home and for 2015 it is all about streamlined designs, eclectic touches and multiples of appliances. We see kitchen design trending more contemporary this year, staying clean, simple and functional.

The outlook is based on the findings of the NKBA 2015 Kitchen and Bath Design Trends Report. It revealed several recent trends in kitchen design today:


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Clean with an overall contemporary feeling. A fusion of styles and multiple colours in one kitchen– Designers reported that kitchens with multiple colour schemes are emerging. “I am seeing lots of white painted kitchen perimeters with espresso stained islands and dark stained kitchen perimeters with light colored painted islands. Lots of painted white kitchens with light countertops and espresso islands and painted gray cabinets,” said Christine Shorr, AKBD, Morris Black Designs in Allentown, PA.

European-styled cabinets– Versatile shaker styling is a popular interpretation of transitional, and almost 40 percent of NKBA survey respondents said they will do more shaker-styled kitchens in 2015. Several designers also noted the rise in industrial chic, while others cited momentum for mid-century modern designs.

Multiples of Appliances in One Kitchen- Easy prep, maintenance and clean-up features are in demand. Multiple designers report that they install multiples of appliances – most notably two dishwashers- in the same kitchen. “It appears that a lot more of our clients are aiming to create what could be considered a gourmet kitchen, “ said Jessica White of Kitchen Encounters in Annapolis, MD. “A lot of clients ask for the additional refrigerator/freezer and dishwasher drawers for extra storage and more function.”


DSC_0779Fewer Standard Kitchen Tables-The hub of the home is increasingly centered on counter areas vs. kitchen tables, according to multiple survey respondents. “Islands are replacing tables,” said Audrey Macdonald, Creative Interiors by Audrey in Mississauga, Ontario.



Focus on the User Experience- Solutions to make the life easier in the kitchen abound. Pullouts and rollouts for kitchen cabinets were specified by more than 90 percent of NKBA respondents in 2014. About 40 percent expect to see pullout and rollouts increase in popularity in 2015. Ease of use extended to accessibility, with more than half of NKBA designers specifying accessible or universal design features into kitchens during 2015.

Other Kitchen Features In Demand:

  • Steam ovens
  • Furniture-look pieces
  • Outdoor kitchens
  • TVs and docking stations
  • Wine Refrigerators

nal Kitchen & Bath Association

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a nonprofit trade association that owns the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS®). With 60,000+ members, the NKBA has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry since its founding in 1963. The mission of the NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide.

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