Depending on your point of view, it’s an exciting time to be designing and remodeling kitchens and baths. Manufacturers continue to develop a broad range of innovative products and clever solutions, allowing trade professionals to create great spaces.
But the high volume of products can complicate decision-making—and not just for professionals. Clients and buyers are just as overwhelmed by the sheer volume of options—maybe even more so because they have to live with their choices.
One way to help determine what to put in your homes is to consider current trends. Clean design and modern lines continue to be hot with a wide swath of consumers. In the kitchen, white, gray, and blue cabinets are popular, and quartz countertops are trending, but mixed surfaces—a combination of wood and marble, say—in the same kitchen also are in vogue.
In the bathroom, curbless and doorless showers are popular, but stylish baths also are likely to have a freestanding tub, radiant-heated floors, and a wall-hung vanity.
Moreover, the National Kitchen & Bath Association, as well as the American Institute of Architects, say that while smart home and tech features are less in-demand than other features, they are popular in the kitchen.
Knowing what’s hot and what’s not is a useful (and necessary) thing in the kitchen and bath game, even if you’re not a trendy remodeler or builder. After all, people don’t design as if it’s still the 1980s or ’90s.
Still, a modicum of restraint is recommended. A trendy space may be good for today, but ultimately, a well-designed, classic space will be good for years to come.
This story originally appeared in the September/October version of PRODUCTS magazine. See the print version here.