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trending: contemporary kitchen design

This year, kitchen design is leaning towards the sleek, slim and understated. Even though every client is different, we have seen a resurgence of clients that desire a more streamlined design at Mountainwood Homes.

The same is being seen nationwide in the industry.

“While transitional style are still number one, we see kitchen design trending more contemporary this year, with clean, simple lines; less clutter, and little ornamentation,” said John Petrie, 2014 NKBA president.

The NKBA 2014 Kitchen and Bath Design Trends Survey also revealed these trends in kitchen design:

    • Contemporary will be the fastest growing kitchen style in 2014, with 62 percent of respondents saying it’s on the upswing after ending 2013 in second place. Transitional maintained a very small lead as the number one look for kitchens. Shaker styling is a solid third due in part to its versatility, lending itself to traditional or contemporary.


    • Some 70 percent of respondents see quartz countertops increasing in 2014.  Almost a quarter of respondents specified countertops with recycled materials and 40 percent expect to do more in 2014.


    • Glass, now number three for backsplashes, is predicted to grow in popularity in 2014.


    • Satin nickel, now the most popular faucet finish, is expected to continue to flourish in 2014, as will polished chrome.


Kitchen Features in Demand:

    • Induction cooktops
    • Steam ovens
    • French-door refrigerators
    • Bottom freezer refrigerators
    • Touch-activated faucets
    • Electronic (no touch) faucets
    • LED lighting


Read the National Kitchen & Bath Association release of the 2014 Design Trends Survey.

We are smack dab in the middle of construction on this Forest Heights kitchen remodel. The NW Portland home already leans towards a contemporary design, and the clients wanted to update their kitchen to draw from the existing style but update with modern luxuries.

Forest Heights Master Bathroom

Stay tuned and follow along with the progress of this kitchen remodel on our Facebook page. We can’t wait to see the transformation!



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