Top 2012 Bath and Kitchen Trends

The top bath and kitchen trends have been identified for this year, and CAPCO Tile & Stone wants to share the latest looks and styles for you to consider when designing your home. The  National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) extensively surveyed more than 350 member designers for the 2012 NKBA Design Trends Survey. And the results led to the diversified trends using varying materials, product types and styles. These styles were ones that have been incorporated profusely into kitchen and bath designs during the final three months of 2011. Plus, The trends identified in this survey are reflected in feedback we receive from our customers.

Top 2012 Trends for Baths and Kitchens

Countertops and island are honed Carrara marble.

Recent kitchen trends include a change in demand for cabinetry.  Dark finishes have grown in popularity to 58 percent of cabinetry selections last year, verses 43 percent two years ago.  LED lighting has become the preferred lighting option for most designers.  Glass backsplashes continue to grow in popularity.  Stop by CAPCO to see some of our beautiful new glass products from Hirsch Glass, Maniscalco and Boyce & Bean.

For the first time since the NKBA has been tracking trends, the “traditional” style is no longer meets the preferences of most buyers.  The “transitional” style, between traditional and contemporary, has taken the top spot.  In addition, the timeless look of polished chrome has returned to prominence for plumbing fixtures.  Grey color schemes have doubled in popularity over the past year.  The most popular color scheme for kitchen and baths is white or off-white, followed by beiges and bone colors.  Brown is the third most popular color in kitchens and the fourth most popular in bathrooms, behind the upward-trending grey schemes.  Other popular colors include bronzes, greens and blues.

Lastly, one of the biggest trends we have seen agrees with the results of the NKBA study.  The use of solid surfaces, such as CAPCO’s Chroma Quartz by Pental, continues to dominate the market.  Granite and Quartz are the No. 1 and No. 2 choices for countertops.  Stop by your local CAPCO showroom, or look at our slabs online at and then click “Slabs”.  You can view our current inventory anytime, online.

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