The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), comprised hundreds of professional designers, recently surveyed its members to gain perspective on some of the latest trends in kitchen design and remodeling. If you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen and need some inspiration, here are some of the findings of the survey:

  1. Wine Storage Areas: Built-in cabinetry and shelving to store unchilled wine are becoming increasingly popular, with more than half of designers including these sort of wine storage areas in the kitchens they designed in 2010 (up from 39% in the previous year).
  2. French Door Refrigerators: This relatively new design, featuring side-by-side refrigerator doors with a pull-out freezer below, is growing in popularity. In 2010, designers incorporated french door fridges into their plans 78% of the time, versus 67% one year prior.
  3. Induction Cooktops: According to surveyed designers, gas cooktops had been specified 76% of the time in recent months, while electric and induction cooktops had been specified 38% and 26% of the time, respectively. While still not as popular as gas or electric cooktops, induction cooktops are certainly gaining traction.
  4. LED Lighting: The use of highly-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) lights has increased from 47% to 54% over the course of the year. On the other hand, the use of incandescent and halogen lights is down and the use of compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) remains unchanged.
  5. Trash and Recycling: With an overall greater awareness in sustainability, designers are also incorporating more things to accommodate trash and recycling in the kitchen. In recently-designed kitchens, designers included trash/recycling pull-outs in 89% of designs. Additionally, 86% of designs offered garbage disposals (up from 75% one year ago), and 18% included trash compactors (up from 11%).

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