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Transitional-styled bathrooms have overtaken traditional in design preference, according to the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Report completed by the NKBA. Based on this annual member survey, the NKBA expects to see the following overall bathroom trends this year:
1 Shaker style is gaining on traditional, while mid-century modern is emerging. Asian fusion is a niche design, but design professionals who recommend it plan to do more of it in bathrooms.
2 Whites, off/whites and gray are by far the most popular bathroom color schemes. Blue is emerging, with younger design professionals leaning more towards violets and purples. Stainless steel is niche and emerging.
3 Linen storage cabinets and wood vanities are the most commonly used bathroom storage solutions. Floating vanities and open shelving are popular and increasing in popularity. Toilet topper cabinets are declining in demand.
4 Ceramic tile flooring is most popular, but high-quality vinyl appears to be emerging.
5 Undermount bathroom sinks are most desirable, with requests for vessel sinks continuing to wane, as well as pedestal sinks. Trough sinks are emerging.
6 More than half of NKBA members surveyed said they eliminated a tub or whirlpool in a bathroom remodel over the course of the past year. Yet half also specified a freestanding tub during that same period, and 60 percent expect to specify more of them in 2017.While tub/shower surrounds are maintained and updated when they already exist in a home, they are not being added to new bathrooms or completely remodeled bathrooms.
7 White fixtures are trending up, while bone/bisque colored fixtures are trending down. Brushed brass and gold are emerging faucet finishes; designer faucet colors, while still quite niche, are emerging.
8 The most popular amenities for the bathroom are in the arena of safety and comfort: e.g., comfort heights, shower seats, lighting in showers and no-threshold showers. Emerging amenities are smart toilets, smart toilet seats, music in the shower, easy maintenance features, and radiant floor heating.
9 Water-saving toilets and faucets are becoming more mainstream.
Other insights into the bathroom segment of the industry include:
-21 percent of respondents spent $7,500 or more to remodel their master bathroom.
-There was a significant variation in spending for bathroom remodels and replacements. For example, nearly four-in-ten (38 percent) of respondents budgeted less than $2,500 for their bathroom remodeling or replacement project
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