Shades of gray. The color gray should have a big year in 2014, according to the latest Kitchen & Bath Style Reports, presented by the National Kitchen & Bath Association. It will be the fastest growing color scheme in the kitchen, says the trade group, taking the top spot from white and off-white. Gray will also be number one in bathrooms, jumping up from its third place finish in 2013.
The prediction definitely played out on the floor of the show, where we saw an abundance of gray-toned finishes and surfaces. Among the most eye-catching were quartz countertops from Caeserstone’s Motivo line with embossed patterns, including lace and crocodile. We also spotted a slate-gray countertop from Cosentino called Dekton, an ultra-compact surface that can be used both indoors and outdoors because it is resistant to UV rays, claims the manufacturer.
And there were a lot of gray cabinet finishes, including Pumice from Omega, MasterBrand’s custom cabinet line. The semi-translucent, spatter gray is supposed to offer a softly weathered look that works well in contemporary and transitional kitchens alike.
The color gray was also heard metaphorically throughout the week, in reference to the aging baby boomer cohort, and the impact they’re sure to have on the home building industry. A couple of compelling facts: buyers aged 55 years and older will account for 25 percent of the home-buying market this year, according to Jonathan Smoke, chief economist at research firm Hanley Wood LLC. And boomers will retire at a rate of 10,000-per-day for the next 19 years.