What’s Hot in Kitchen and Bath Design

When clean, contemporary styles are edging out Tuscan country looks, practical convenience and comfort in kitchen and bath designs are top priorities among homeowners, a new survey shows.

After years of holding puse strings tit, people are more wiling to invest in their homes, according to 420 designers polled in the annual Design Tends Survey released by the National Kitchen and Bath Association at its 2014 KBIS event, a trade event that coincided with the International Builders Show in Las Vegas in early February.

“We’ve had a rough couple of years,” says Maria Stapperfenne, a designer for 22 years and manager of Tewksbury Kitchen and Baths, a division of Huston Lumber & Supply Co. in North Plainfield, N.J. “People have needed to allocate their funds to other items.”

Now, she and other designers see that changing.

(Published in Homestyle Weekly, March 6th, 2014. Read the full story here).