Spending trends. How have remodeling budgets changed compared with two years ago? According to the Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence (RICKI), consumers have upped spending on storage and organizational features more than any other category, even while their overall cabinet budgets have decreased. Part of the reason is that more people are upgrading their existing cabinets rather than buying new ones.

The JLC staff receives hundreds of announcements for new kitchen and bath products each year. Some are memorable, others not so much. Most big manufacturers have a range of products to satisfy every taste, so it can be hard to discern trends behind these announcements, but trends are there if you dig a bit. To uncover them we interviewed a variety of K&B product experts, from designers to manufacturers to market researchers. Their insights should help builders and remodelers determine which product types their customers will warm to.The most important trend is that kitchens and baths continue to be the...