11 Kitchen & Bath Trends for 2011

Shaker styles like Armstrong's Rutledge collection are now the second most-popular cabinet door style.

Dark natural wood finishes were used slightly more frequently by NKBA kitchen designers than any other finish in 2010.

Incorporation of unchilled wine storage in kitchens increased significantly in 2010, while use of wine refrigeration declined.

French-door refrigerators--such as this AGA PRO model--are on the rise, with 78 percent of kitchen designers speccing them in 2010.

Induction cooktops are still in the minority, but they are gaining on gas- and electric-fueled ranges in popularity.


LED light fixtures are now the top choice among NKBA designers as replacements for incandescents in kitchens.

In 2010, 86 percent of NKBA designers included garbage disposals--like this Broan model--in kitchens, up from 75 percent the previous year.

Quartz countertops now rank second to granite in bathrooms among NKBA designers.

Green color palettes are now more popular among designers than blue ones, though still less popular than white, off-white, and beige palettes.

In 2010, vessel sinks--like this model from Newport Brass--surged to second place in popularity.

Satin nickel finishes are now favored over brushed nickel, chrome, and stainless steel in both kitchens and bathrooms by NKBA designers.

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