The Latest Scoop: Kitchen & Bath Design Trends

This kitchen, designed by Tia Moras, illustrates the concept of tiered proportions.

The winning projects of the 2011 National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) Design Competition were announced last month.

The award winners typically reflect common design themes.  This year, many of the projects used natural elements in design, strong colors, a variety of textures, and detailed ceilings to create a well-designed space.  Chocolate and espresso were popular hues for cabinetry.  Also, there seems to be a trend toward tiered proportions through overlapping heights in island surfaces, countertops, and cabinets (See photo to the right).

Read on for more photos of some of the design winners!

Prominent colors, such as the carrot orange in this award-winning kitchen designed by Jennifer Gilmer, are becoming more popular.

Espresso and chocolate are the leading colors in cabinetry, and they are typically paired with natural finishes.

Panels of Mica art glass were incorporated into the backsplash, the window in the door, and the stainless steel hood of this kitchen, designed by Kirsti Wolfe.

This kitchen illustrates the “detailed ceilings” trend. Designed by Jodi Hook, it is a detailed rough-hewn barn beam ceiling with cable-strung lighting.

Emily Widle

Emily graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism. She enjoys scouring the news to report on the latest in the lighting industry as well as bringing valuable remodeling tips and exemplar home projects to light.