Earlier this year more than 350 members of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) participated in the 2012 NKBA Design Trends Survey to give their opinions about products, styles and designs that they view as becoming more popular with homeowners. Each member is a designer and specialist in bathroom or kitchen remodeling and their views tend to reflect what is happening in their specific market, however, the survey did show some common trends remodels in general throughout the U.S. and Canada.
For bathrooms one of the surprising comebacks is the bathroom medicine cabinet. Having been relegated to secondary status in recent years, people are finding that new and updated medicine cabinet designs allow for more efficient use of space when space is limited.
Traditional bathroom designs are no longer, well, traditional. Transitional is the latest buzzword when it comes to bathroom remodels, which incorporates elements of traditional and contemporary designs that create a modern classic look.
For bathroom vanity tops it’s all about solid surfaces. Granite and Quartz are still the most popular choices but Marble has taken the third spot and is trending higher. Other solid surfaces, such as glass, have also made a big jump in popularity as more styles and choices have hit the marketplace.
As far as color choices go, gray seems to be all the rage this year with that color choice having more than doubled in popularity in the last two years. Gray color schemes can be very attractive and distinguished without overpowering the look and overall bathroom design. Other popular choices include beiges, browns, bronzes, terracotta and greens.
Although brushed metal finishes have been rather standard equipment for many years when it comes to fixtures and hardware, perhaps one of the big surprises from this year’s survey was the comeback of polished chrome. Brushed nickel and brushed chrome is also down from the previous year along with satin nickel. Stainless steel has managed to retain its popularity as well as bronze.
Since trends do tend to change from year to year, it’s important to consult with a professional bathroom remodeler to get the latest most up to date information on popular trends and how to remodel your bathroom in such a way that can incorporate your favorite styles and create lasting functionality and design.