Features found in hot kitchens

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.

Pull-out taps are likely to remain popular. Pictures: Joshua Lawrence/National Kitchen and Bath AssociationA contemporary kitchen designed by German Brun of Den Architecture.Grey colour schemes will dominate in 2014.This contemporary kitchen by Tim Scott of XTC Design.Wood floors will remain No 1, designers say.

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.