Washington - Simple, clean and minimal. Contemporary kitchen design is in for 2014, according to the US Kitchen and Bath Association’s latest style report.

The association asked 420 designers what they predict homeowners will want in their kitchens this year.

The resounding answer was a space with less ornamentation, simple style and neutral colours.

Designers also say useful features that blend in seamlessly with the design (such as pull-out and touch-activated taps) are more in demand than ever.

Here is a round-up of what to expect this year.

* Style: 62 percent of designers said contemporary will be the fastest-growing kitchen style in 2014.

* Colour schemes: Nearly three-quarters of respondents said grey will dominate. Whites and off-whites will remain popular, however, and were the dominant colours designers saw in kitchens last year.

* Cabinets: White was No 1 in 2013, but many designers believe its reign is over. Expect darker woods to grow in popularity this year. Glass doors will continue to be popular.

* Countertops: 70 percent of designers see quartz growing in popularity, topping granite.

* Backsplashes: Glass, already a widely used backsplash material, is expected to grow even more popular.

* Flooring: Wood is expected to continue to be the No 1 flooring material in 2014. Ceramic/ porcelain tile came in second.

* Sinks: Stainless steel was No 1 last year, but expect to see more composite granite. Composite granite uses a mix of granite stone dust and acrylic resins. Speaking of sinks, pull-out taps continue to be popular, with touch-activated taps becoming more common.

* Appliances: Some designers expect to see more microwave drawers this year. – Margaret Ely, The Washington Post