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NKBA Trend Report: Darker Finishes Grow In Popularity for Kitchens

Habersham Kitchen IslandAt Habersham , we’re always keeping track of industry trends.  As a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), we were interested to read their recent press release highlighting the findings of their 2012 Design Trends Survey  and how they coincide with what we’re working on here at the factory.

More than 350 National Kitchen & Bath Association member designers took part in the survey  to cite the materials, product types, and styles that they’ve incorporated into their kitchen and bath designs over the final three months of 2011. While broad trends won’t be evident in every local market, they called out a number of overall trends across the US and Canada and we’ll be sharing those in upcoming blogs.  Among the highlights from the press release that we’re seeing here at Habersham too:

Darker Finishes

Natural kitchen cabinetry continues a steady move toward darker finishes. While light natural finishes have been recently specified by 30% of kitchen designers, medium natural finishes stand at 55%, with dark natural finishes at 58%. Two years ago, dark natural finishes were specified by only 43% of designers. Among painted cabinetry, white continues to be the most popular option, as white cabinets have been recently specified by 59% of NKBA member kitchen designers, while other colors were specified by only 38% of designers. Another trend to note is that distressed finishes are making a comeback. After being recently specified by 15% of designers going into 2010, that figure dropped to just 5% last year, but has now risen to 22%.

We’ll be sharing some of the other trend findings in upcoming blogs so check back soon!