May 12, 2011

Bathroom trends.

At a recent bathroom industry trade show, new trends and products were showcased.   A theme was clear when looking at products and their style, color and textures.

1) Traditional style reigns.  From faucets to cabinetry, classic styles remain the most popular. Function, however, as in faucets, shower doors and other items is more technological with hands-free faucets, air-assisted low flow shower heads, frame free glass shower doors, and neutral colors in counters and flooring.

2) Sleek, modern style is moving up in popularity. Whether you look at tubs,  toilets or shower fixtures, the lines are smoother and minimalist.  Chrome -without the negative manufacturing byproducts - is the finish of choice. 

3) Matte white is a new popular color.  For counters and tile it's a change from glossy sheens.  Even black - also  in a matte finish - is moving into popularity.

4) Gray is the new neutral.  The flexibility of the gray palette is outstanding.  Warm and cool grays are soft and the palette can be paired with whites, wood tones, and metal fixtures. 

5) Texture is in.  From damask inspired floor tiles to textured porcelain wall and floor tile, the look is custom yet serene.  Formal wall coverings with nubby surfaces are being used in bathrooms more often.  Traditional wainscot is making a resurgence and using new humidity tolerant paints makes it possible.