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Kitchen/Bath Trends in 2010 Design Competition
May 19, 2010
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The National Kitchen & Bath Association reported on the top 10 design trends emerging from the winners of the recent 2010 NKBA Design Competition.

Concealed Kitchens (pictured): The incorporation of integrated and concealed appliances allows the kitchen to enhance rather than intrude into other spaces.

Beverage Stations: A beverage station is usually comprised of an undercounter refrigerator and wine refrigeration, as well as a coffeemaker.

Scaling of Elements: Shapes, actual and implied textures, and the placement of fixtures are being used to create scale. Distinctive wall coverings, tin ceilings, and the implied texture of a pronounced wood grain are being seen as contributors to the balanced scale of current designs.

Color with Energy: Bold colors are creating a vibrant splash in room palettes for 2010, with rich blues, purples, greens, and citric yellow making their confident appearance in kitchens and baths.

Soft Geometry: Rounded organic shapes can be seen in the edge of a counter or island top, an arch over an entryway or cooking hearth, the curved lines of a light fixture, and well-placed, space-defining soffits. Softer geometry is showing up with fortitude in contemporary and traditional designs alike.

Space Subtleties: Fixtures are no longer confined by location. Freedom in the use of space allows designers to create design-driven room plans rather than those driven by necessity and space solutions. Appliances that are stacked and positioned within islands are contributing to functionality in the kitchen by bringing together task space with the right appliances.

Design Framing: Designers are bringing artistic details to new heights. A seemingly simple detail, such as the use of a soffit along the ceiling or a width of wall space surrounding inset cabinetry, can call out the item being framed as a focal point while providing visual balance to the room.

Varying Heights: Island tops, countertops, and partial walls are being customized to the tasks performed there and to the needs of the homeowners. Lower desk and prep areas combined with a higher breakfast bar provides task-specific spaces and fosters family interaction in the kitchen.

Japanese Influences: Japanese design influence can be seen subtly in clean lines, open spaces, and neutral color palettes with bold splashes of color in select areas.

Art Integration: An intense level of personalization can come from the introduction of a piece of art used as the basis for a design.

Remodeling trends were also reported last month by NKBA, based on member surveys. See:

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