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kitchenThe National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) recently unveiled the top six overall kitchen design in 2013 based on its 2013 NKBA Design Trends Survey, which included responses from more than 300 member designers. Each year, the survey polls members on the materials, product types and style they used during the final three months of the previous year.

White-painted cabinetry.  The popularity of white-painted cabinetry jumped from 47 percent to 59 percent in 2012 and further increased to 67 percent this year.

Darker finishes. Use of light, medium and natural finishes has remained more or less consistent over the past year. Light finishes are currently used by 30 percent of respondents, medium finishes by 54 percent, and dark finishes by 55 percent.

Glass backsplash. The preference for glass splashes has grown dramatically over the past three years: from 42 percent in 2010 to 64 percent this year.

LED lighting. As consumer awareness of energy efficiency has risen, it comes as no surprise that light-emitting diode, or LED, lighting is being specified by a higher percentage of designers, increasing from 70 percent to 77 percent over the past year. That’s up from 50 percent in 2010.

Touch-activated faucets. Growing in popularity are touch-activated faucets, specified by 32 percent of member designers, versus only 20 percent of designers in 2011 and 2012.

Satin nickle. When it comes to faucet finishes in kitchens, satin nickel has been on the top since 2011, its usage increasing from 42 percent in 2010 to 60 percent this year.

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