| Kitchen & Bath Design News April 2013
By Anita Shaw
Special Report
hrough the years, studies have shown that design trends
shift toward simpler styles and muted, neutral colors
during a down economy, with bright hues and more
personalized choices returning only when the economic out-
look begins to brighten.
If this year’s fnalists for the National Kitchen & Bath As-
sociation’s Design Competition can be used as an indicator
for the economy, the future is bright indeed.
Bold colors – whether used as an accent or as a mainstay
in the space – were everywhere. When neutral tones were
used, there was an energy to them that has not been seen in
a while, with rough-hewn edges, honed and pitted surfaces,
and interesting character throughout.
Individual personal style was refected in many of the de-
signs through the use of custom cabinets, sinks, faucets, tile
and accessories. And the mix of old and new was prevalent,
as antiques were mixed with ultra-sleek pieces and original
and recycled surfaces contrasted with modern metals and
glass. Retro is also gaining interest, as more products are
being developed that refect the appeal of the 1950s and
1960s kitchens many grew up with.
White painted surfaces remained a classic mainstay for
kitchen cabinets, providing an ideal backdrop for the state-
ment-making pops of color. In the bath, wood tones continued
to add elegance and calm for the popular spa-inspired spaces.
Natural infuences were seen in both the kitchen and bath,
with stone products making a statement in countertops, foor-
ing and tile. Glass was also a popular choice, with mosaic tiles,
countertops and even faucets providing glamorous accents.
Some 500 submissions are received from across North Amer-
ica each year for the Design Competition. Entries for the 2013
contest were evaluated by a panel of eight highly respected
judges in the industry: Lyndell Kline, CMKBD; Robin Rigby-
Fisher, CMKBD, CAPS; Becky Sue Becker, CMKBD, CAPS; John
Torelli, CMKBD; LeAnn Randolph, CKD, CBD; Nancy Blanford,
CMKBD; Alena Capra, CKD, CBD, and Leslie Holland, CKD,
CBD. Projects were scored on safety and ergonomics, design
planning and principles, creativity and presentation.
The winning designers will be announced during the
NKBA’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) at New Orleans
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, April 19-21, 2013.
Sponsors for this year’s Design Competition included Jenn-
Air, DuPont, Waypoint, Delta Faucet, Hafele, HGTV Remodels,
Home Depot, KWC, Miele, SieMatic and 20-20 Technologies.
Design categories for this year’s competition include: Cat-
egory 1: Small Kitchen (less than 150 square feet); Category
2: Medium Kitchen (150-350 square feet); Category 3: Large
Kitchen (more than 350 square feet); Category 4: Powder
Room (sink and toilet required, no tub or shower); Category
5: Small Bathroom (less than 55 square feet) and Category
6: Large Bathroom (more than 55 square feet).
Entries were also eligible for several “Specialty Awards”
including Green Design and Universal Design. The NKBA also
continued to include two designations – Budget-Friendly Kitch-
en ($40,000 or less, inclusive of all design, labor, products
and materials costs) and Budget-Friendly Bath ($20,000 or
less) – in light of some of the continued economic challenges
being faced in the industry.
On the following six pages,
Kitchen & Bath Design News
provides a brief look at the fnalists in each category.
Finalists for the
2013 NKBA Design
included distinctive
kitchen and bath
designs that
incorporated bold
colors, tactile
materials, functional
simplicity and
custom touches.
Large kitchen by
Brigitte C. Fabi, CMKBD,
Drury Design.
Photo: Eric Hausman
Large bathroom by
Lori W. Carroll, NCIDQ,
Lori Carroll & Associates.
Photo: William Lesch
Medium kitchen by
Karen Swanson,
New England Design Works.
Photo: Evan White
Medium kitchen by
Cheryl Kees Clendenon,
In Detail Interiors.
Photo: Greg Riegler Photography
Small kitchen by
Mark White, CKD, CBD,
Kitchen Encounters.
Photo: Phoenix Photographic
Large kitchen by
Wendy F. Johnson, CKD, CBD,
Designs for Living.
Photo: Dennis Martin
Large kitchen by
Bryan Reiss, CMKBD,
Distinctive Designs.
Photo: John D Smoak III
Powder room by
Lori W. Carroll, NCIDQ/ASID,
Lori Carroll & Associates.
Photo: William Lesch
Small bathroom by
Jon Crabtree, Inspired Spaces.
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