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What are the latest trends in bathrooms?
Bathrooms are dynamic spaces to work with. Homeowners updating their bathroom most often are interested in increasing the room’s comfort and personalizing its style. We see trends in both of these areas.
In terms of comfort, many homeowners are looking for more space to move and relax in their master bathrooms. To accomplish this, space is ‘stolen’ from other rooms, often closets, to increase size. Sometimes, clients want a more open, airy feel but can’t expand the space. To meet the request, cabinetry can replace linen closets and zero-entry showers or free-standing tubs can be installed in place of existing enclosures.
In terms of styling, the quality of finishes in bathrooms is ever-improving. Homeowners want furniture-type details and finishes for bathroom cabinetry to define the aesthetics of their space. Contemporary styling is popular on the coasts, and it’s sure to catch on here as well. Marble and porcelain tile continue to be favorites, while more and more people are using quartz counters. Overall, there is an exciting confluence of materials available for bathrooms! Manufacturers are promoting high-end products for this space, and homeowners want their bathrooms to be just as beautiful and relaxing as the rest of their home.
—andy coffin, owner, brooksberry kitchens and baths
Bath industry professionals are seeing a continued interest in ‘soft minimalism.’ This style is characterized by transitional lines and rounded edges. The ‘industrial’ look is another style that is still going strong. There are numerous product collections that can help characterize this style through exposed fittings and flanges.
Another trend we are noticing is customization. For example, certain lines offer faucets that can be altered with various spout lengths, heights and more. Custom vanities also are very popular. One brand might offer a vanity in seven different configurations and more than 50 finishes! Clients can pick their favorite coordinating countertop and mirror, and then accessorize with power outlets, hair dryer holders and more.
For faucet colors, we are seeing a lot of brass tones, including uncoated, satin and aged, as well as gold and bronze in various finishes. Polished nickel also continues to dominate and is actually replacing brushed nickel, and split finishes (a mix) are also trending. We are just starting to sell matte black, a color that has been popular on the coasts for quite some time.
—leigh suffian, partner, immerse
Photo above: Alise O’Brien
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