Kitchen and Bath Design Trends
Kitchen and bath design preferences, a reflection of both consumer lifestyle trends and the availability of recent innovative materials on the market, will inspire design to include smaller, greener and casual, open floor plan in the home. Younger consumers are demanding an inclusion of energy-saving technology, less emphasis on resale value and those features long established in European homes characterized by simplicity and functionality. Among the key forecasts noted are the following:
New kitchens are favoring a stream-lined look, featuring larger windows and fewer wall cabinets. Natural light allowed to filter through glass is desired and open shelving has gained popularity. Restaurant style appliances like big gas ranges are being replaced with sleek induction cook-tops embedded in the counter-top. Under counter appliances for refrigeration and pull-out microwave are increasingly prominent.
Today’s kitchen and bath styles favor “less is more” aesthetics, emphasizing clean lines, flat slab doors on full access frameless cabinets, and personalization over decoration. We’re seeing a preference for cabinets and vanity finishes composed of durable laminates. The quality of today’s laminates has come a long way and has been a staple in Europe for many years where wood is not as abundant. Color ranges and tough-as-nails texture options are vast and will not experience wear changes over time as something like cherry veneer will.
Bathroom design now includes curb-less shower entry, infinity drains, and zero-glass enclosure. Vanity cabinets are wall hung as to float above the floor, and faucets are wall mounted as water cascades into sinks made of composite material. Flooring is non-slip tile and lighting combines both face level wall sconces that flank the mirrors and over-head recessed cans. These features are becoming commonplace in today’s homes.
Homes with a soul are hard to find, yet highly desired. Purity, harmony, and balance are achieved by bringing the outside in an open floor planning that allows for multi-purpose use. Sliding shoji style doors of glass or acrylic encourage daylight to cast shadows throughout an illuminated space. Space-saving pocket doors replace those on hinges.
Healthy living and an awareness of the environment is a conscious choice for singles, couples, and families of today, as they take advantage of advances in the construction of new and renovated spaces.