Clean lines and a pop of blue will be among the biggest trends to steer the $134 billion kitchen and bath industry this year. They aren’t the only trends to watch, though. Based on what we saw at KBIS this year, here’s what we expect to be on-trend and on clients’ wish lists in 2017:
 
Keep it contemporary. Clients are fully embracing the clean lines of contemporary and transitional design. This acceptance has heightened interest in industrial, mid-century modern, mountain modern and coastal styles, which the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has recognized as emerging trends for the kitchen. It’s a similar scene in the bathroom where the association sees mid-century modern, Shaker and Asian-fusion as being on the up and up.
 
Color disruption. White and gray hues still dominate kitchen and bath color palettes; however, we anticipate designers will use bold pops of color—often a blue or black—as points of design disruption.
 
Quartz counters granite. Granite had a good run as the top option in countertop choices; however, it now plays second fiddle to quartz and continues to trend down. Quartz is the new darling, attracting clients who want counters that are beautiful, easy to maintain and reasonably priced.
 
Tip-top tech. No surprise here, but technology continues to integrate into kitchen and bath design. This broader acceptance of technology means more homes outfitted with water-saving appliances and fixtures, smarter homes that integrate Wi-Fi into everyday activities and self-cleaning toilets that we think everyone can appreciate.
 
Go free(standing) or go home. According to NKBA members who participated in a recent survey, standard and whirlpool tubs are out. While some clients are maintaining or upgrading existing bath surrounds, no traditional tubs are being added to new or remodeled bathrooms. Taking their place? Freestanding tubs.
 
The kitchen and bath industry is always up for a new trend, and this year all eyes are on clean lines, new hues and tech as a definite do.