NKBA Kitchen & Bath Design Competition

The 2021 NKBA Kitchen & Bath Design Competition Is Now Closed! 

Enter your projects today for your chance to win up to $12,500 and a feature in Luxe Interiors + Design.

Professional photography not required for entry. Amateur photography including phone camera images will be accepted for the submission process.

First entry for NKBA Members is $129 per project. Entries for Non-Members are $199 per project.

Deadline to enter is July 3!

Main Categories

The competition is divided into the following categories. Please select the appropriate category for your entry.

Contemporary Kitchens

Large (More than 250 square feet)  |  Small (Under 250 square feet)

Modern and minimalistic, the distinguishing characteristics of contemporary kitchens include clean colors, stainless-steel workstation sinks, slab backsplashes, flat-panel/slab cabinet doors, column and drawer refrigeration and integrated hardware.

Traditional Kitchens

Large (More than 250 square feet)  |  Small (Under 250 square feet)

Classic and timeless, traditional kitchens are defined by their eye-catching details such as architectural moldings, luxury countertops, decorative lighting, custom hoods and backsplash niches and ledges. Traditional kitchens often feature raised-panel doors on furniture-style cabinets, generally glazed or made to look aged and distressed, as well as wood panels that conceal pantries or refrigerators.

Contemporary Bathrooms

Large (More than 55 square feet)  |  Small (Under 55 square feet)

Contemporary bathrooms are minimalistic with clean lines, flowing curves and hard angles. Characteristics of this popular style include stained concrete floors, floating vanities made of laminate or acrylic, integrated sinks, slab surround tile, smart faucets and keypad controls.

Traditional Bathrooms

Large (More than 55 square feet)  |  Small (Under 55 square feet)

Traditional bathrooms are best known for their attention to detail. Distinguishing characteristics of a traditional bathroom are molding on ceilings, armoires and cabinets, unique tile work, antique-style lighting fixtures and brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze faucets. Classic wainscoting or wallpaper are common on the walls of traditional bathrooms in soft whites, pale blues and greens, or neutral colors like white, black, gray and brown.

Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor kitchen must include a grill, refrigerator, and at least one of the following items:

  • Cabinets/built-in storage with doors or drawers
  • Countertop/food prep surface
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice maker
  • Fireplace
  • Pizza oven
  • Sink

Living In Place

Living in Place design accommodates people of all ages, abilities and physical challenges, not just in later years, but throughout the entire lifespan.

  • The design is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities.
  • The design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities.
  • The design improves accessibility and safety in the home and may incorporate products used for and designed for accessibility and safety.


To be considered for the Builder/Remodeler Award in honor of Clay Lyon, CR, include the following information on your online entry form:

  • Select Builder/Remodeler on the entry form for an automatic consideration.
  • Verify that the project is a design build that is rich in age and character on the entry form and explain the details in the Design Statement.


Category Awards

  • First Place: $2,500
  • Second Place: $1,500
  • Third Place: $1,000

Specialty Awards

  • Best Kitchen: $10,000
  • Best Bath: $10,000
  • Outdoor Kitchen: $2,000
  • Living in Place: $2,000
  • Builder/Remodeler: $2,000

Competition Prizes

In addition to cash prizes, category, specialty and honorary awards winners will receive:

  • One (1) personalized award
  • Two (2) tickets to awards ceremony held during KBIS 2021 at Design & Construction Week® in Orlando
  • Two (2) tickets to The Bash (held during KBIS 2021)
  • One (1) KBIS 2021 show floor pass with entry to Voices From the Industry Conference
  • One (1) KBIS 2021 show floor guest pass

Best Kitchen and Best Bath Winner Prizes

Best Kitchen and Best Bath winners will also receive:

  • A feature in Luxe magazine
  • ID Live opportunity with Cindy Allen at KBIS 2021

Winner Recognition

  • Winners announced at the Kitchen & Bath Design & Industry Awards
  • Winning project photographs displayed at the NKBA booth at KBIS 2021
  • Featured in KBB Magazine, NKBA website and social media properties
  • Overall best kitchen and bath to be published in Luxe magazine
  • Included in a national press release to consumer and trade media
  • Potential features in local and national consumer and professional publications

Call for Entries

Open to all industry participants servicing kitchen and bath spaces.

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