Retail Observer

February 2021

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firm," said Elma Gardner, NKBA member and Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer (CMKBD) and Certified Interior Designer (CID), Owner and President of By Design Studio, Inc. "Organic materials flow easily from one space to the other and I am seeing a strong trend toward a color palette rooted in nature." TECHNOLOGY IN THE KITCHEN Whole-home connectivity is at an all-time high. According to the NKBA, technology in the kitchen continues to grow. Top priorities include dedicated device charging/viewing, seamless video communication, emergency power for the refrigerator, leak detection, voice-activated lighting controls and touch-free faucets. Collectively, these features make the lives of homeowners more efficient, convenient and safe. "The Internet of Things, where devices can talk to other devices without any human involvement, will be trending in 2021," said Scott Koehler, NKBA member and founder/president, Dream Kitchen Builders. "Manufacturers are using artificial intelligence software to replace hardware like control panels in appliances." Additional details and a complete listing of the NKBA 2021 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends are available in the NKBA store under "Market Research Reports." FEBRUARY 2021 RETAILOBSERVER.COM 33 RO Large windows and French doors will help bring the outdoors inside the kitchen. Design: Elma Gardner, CMKBD & CID, By Design Studio, Inc., Photo credit: Jeffrey A. David Photography, Source: NKBA Organic and Natural finishes create a minimalistic and calming feeling. Design: Svetlana Tryaskina; Photographer Credit: Erik Rotter Photography Smart appliances, such as this range and vent hood, can communicate with each other. Photo Courtesy of Signature Kitchen Suite

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