Courtesy NKBA

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has released its annual Design Trends report. The 2022 study, which surveyed over 650 respondents, the majority of whom were designers, found the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated consumer interest in and adoption of key trends such as integration of smart technology, multifunctional spaces, and nature-based designs.

“We’ve seen the pandemic have an effect across all sectors in our society and we’re now starting to see how the change in human behaviors is shifting the way we design our homes,” says Bill Darcy, CEO at NKBA. “Besides the pandemic, another rising factor in the design trends we are seeing for 2022 and beyond is the growth of the millennial and Gen X customer base, as these homeowners are now reaching the point in their lives where they are increasingly working with designers to create their ideal homes as opposed to attempting to do it themselves.”

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