Featured Photo: Reserve at Wackena; Photo Courtesy of HHHunt Homes

The results are in. The National Kitchen & Bath Association’s 2021 Design Trends Research has released its report, and survey responses from more than 700 kitchen and bath professionals show that the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has affected our lives changes is going to also have a lasting impact on kitchen and bath design. These trends are expected to last throughout the next three years. So what does that mean for new homebuilders in the Triangle? You’ll be able to find many of these trends if you’re purchasing a new home in the Raleigh-Durham area thanks to builders staying up to date with customers’ needs and wants.

When it comes to aesthetics, the NKBA anticipates that contemporary styles will remain popular, but emphasizes that emerging influences stemming from the “natural/organic” trend will be seen across design. Think clean lines, minimal detailing, large windows, and natural finishes. To everyone’s surprise, traditional kitchen designs have dropped to the bottom of the list, making a drastic drop from finishing near the top for the past decade.

Savannah Place

Savannah Place; Photo Courtesy of David Weekley Homes

Savannah Place by David Weekley Homes is a new community in Holly Springs where we are seeing large windows in the kitchen. Along with clean lines and minimal details, these kitchens boast lots of natural light for an airy feel that’s both warm and welcoming.

With the kitchen being the heart of the home, we’ve seen it transition into a multipurpose space in the middle of the pandemic. Expect to see more open-space concepts, larger kitchen islands, increased functionality, more storage, and attached outdoor spaces off of the kitchens in 2021.  Homeowners are looking to be able to cook, dine, work, educate, and play, all in the same space.

If a large island is your dream, The Reserve at Wackena by HHHunt Homes features islands with room for barstools, built-in storage, and even farmhouse sinks to function as a multipurpose space for kids to do homework, eat dinner and store some extra dishes.

Gas and induction cooking are both popular, with induction expected to beat out traditional glass electric cooktops. When it comes to finishes, matte and brushed finishes are the most popular in kitchen fixtures, especially those that have hands-free features. Don’t forget! Many Triangle builders offer design studios for you to personalize everything in your new home down to the finishes. Quartz remains the most popular material for countertops, paired with solid backsplashes. When it comes to technology, device charging stations, video communication, and emergency refrigerator power were seen as desirable and preferred.

Moving on to the bathroom, large, freestanding showers with zero-clearance entry, linear drains, hands-free faucets, and black or nickel finishes in matte or brushed textures were among the top trends. For added bonuses, respondents said they would love heated floors, bidets, self-closing lids, and leak detection hardware.

Keep up with our blog for the latest design, tech, and kitchen and bath trends!

By Kendra Stowe

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