10 Bath and Kitchen Trends to Watch This Year

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine

Winner of NKBA’s 2013 Best Kitchen design competition: Wendy F. Johnson, Designs for Living, Manchester, Vt. The kitchen featured a “curved LED-lit glass bar overlooking art glass on panels in the cooking and entertaining centers.”

Shades of gray, quartz finishes, and energy efficiency are all growing in popularity in kitchens and baths this year, according to a National Kitchen & Bath Association survey of 2013 design trends.

NKBA reports that home owners this year are spending, on average, $47,308 on making over their kitchens, and $18,538 in bathrooms.

Here are the top 10 trends emerging from this year’s report for kitchens and bathrooms:

1. Gray color schemes

2. Quartz finishes for counter surfaces

3. Transitional styles — a blend of traditional and contemporary

4. White painted cabinetry in the kitchen

5. Glass blacksplashes

6. LED lighting

7. Touch-activated faucets

8. Satin-nickel finishes in kitchens

9. Ceramic or porcelain tile flooring

10. Undermount sinks in bathrooms

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. Doris

    You never know.

  2. Looks more like a bar than a kitchen winner in a regular home. Disagree with the white painted cabinets – OUT.

  3. Hmm. I can’t say I find any of these trends to be new, but I did recently see a funny video on youtube of a cat playing with a touch-activated faucet.

  4. Kevin

    I am looking for the white painted cabinets in this photo or was this a ‘before’ renovation photo.

  5. Anita

    Painted white cabinets are classic and will never be “out”, especially if they are a handcrafted installation.

  6. steve shay

    I am not seeing white cabinets. Everything looks chocolate.