Trends Transforming Kitchens and Baths: A Peek into the Future for Interior Designers and Builders

The world of interior design is ever-evolving, and staying ahead of the curve is vital for interior designers and builders. Earlier this month, NKBA released its 2024 Kitchen Trends report, offering a glimpse into the upcoming trends in kitchen design. And next month, the association is set to unveil its 2024 Bath Trends, providing insights into the future of bathroom design. For interior designers and builders, these reports serve as valuable resources to anticipate the demands of their clients and deliver on their vision.

Here are some key takeaways from these reports that offer a sneak peek into what’s on the horizon for kitchens and baths:

1. Multi-Purpose Kitchen Islands

In the world of kitchens, islands are taking center stage. They’re not just a place for food preparation; they’re becoming the heart of the kitchen. Clients increasingly prefer eat-in kitchen areas over formal dining rooms, and large islands are a top priority for serving, dining, and socializing. For interior designers and builders, this means creating versatile islands that cater to a variety of functions.

2. Bath Focal Points

Bath spaces are undergoing a transformation, with soaking and freestanding tubs becoming the stars of the show. Oval-shaped tubs will dominate the scene, while vanities will feature elegant marble and marble-like surfaces. Vanities are evolving into organized and practical spaces with integrated power outlets and personalized solutions, enhancing convenience and functionality.

3. The Quiet Kitchen

The kitchens of the future will be tranquil spaces. Designers are eliminating noisy appliances and cabinet doors that slam shut. Ultra-quiet dishwashers are gaining popularity, and clients are opting for standard pull-out receptacles over noisy trash compactors. Interior designers and builders will need to focus on creating peaceful, multi-functional kitchen environments.

4. Smart Bathrooms

Integrated technology is the name of the game in bathrooms. App/keypad controls for water, individualized vanities with integrated outlets, and smart mirrors, toilets, and showers will be the new standard. Customization extends to living-in-place solutions, making bathrooms more accessible and user-friendly.

5. Wellness Kitchens

Kitchens are transitioning into spaces that promote wellness and nutrition. Designs will prioritize health-conscious choices, featuring more refrigeration options and appliances with integrated cooking functions like air frying and steam cooking. Interior designers and builders will need to accommodate these evolving lifestyle needs.

6. Spa-Like Bathrooms

Bathrooms will become relaxing oases, with designs inspired by nature. Expect organic themes that connect to the outdoors like layered colors including wood tones and earthy greens. Also expect the incorporation of touch pad controls, body sprays, jets, and wet rooms for a spa-like experience.

7. Thoughtful Lighting

Both kitchens and baths will feature well-curated lighting. In kitchens, multiple layers of lighting will support various functions, from ambient lighting to decorative statement lighting. Lighting controls will play a key role in enhancing functionality. In bathrooms, trends include 100% LED lighting, lighting in medicine cabinets and mirrors, customizable presets for mood lighting, and more.

8. Sustainability Matters

Sustainability remains a top priority for homeowners and designers alike. In kitchens, the focus is on reducing, reusing, and recycling. In baths, designs will include energy-efficient water heaters, EPA WaterSense low-flow faucets and toilets, and more. Interior designers and builders need to embrace eco-friendly solutions to meet the demands of environmentally-conscious clients.

To end, staying informed about the evolving trends in kitchen and bath design is essential for interior designers and builders. These spaces are the heart of a home, and their design plays a significant role in enhancing the overall living experience. By understanding these upcoming trends, professionals can create spaces that are not only beautiful but also functional, efficient, and prepared for the innovations of the future. As we embrace these changes, we’ll continue to transform kitchens and baths into the remarkable spaces they are meant to be.

Shaun Ayala

Kitchen & Bath Marketer – Pacific Sales / Best Buy