We’ve analyzed the two independent studies done by the National Kitchen & Bath Association and Houzz, and they have shown remarkably similar results in the trending practices and styles for 2014. By examining past trends, one can get a rough prediction on what new practices and styles will become popular, what current styles have staying power, and what is on its way out of fashion. For instance, certain types of showers are becoming more prevalent, traditional styles such as Tuscan, Provincial, and Country styles are on the way out, while more exotic, modern styles inspired by Asian aesthetics are becoming ever more popular. Both surveys corroborate these upcoming trends and practices, to let you know what to include in your bathroom re-model.
Many homeowners are opting for glass-encased, stand-alone showers. With showers that are incorporated into the bathtub, the edge of the tub can prove difficult to step over sometimes. Curbless showers are very similar to their glass-encased cousins- the transparency of the glass walls can make a small bathroom look bigger, and allow for more space inside the shower. Curbless showers go even further, and have no lip/curb between the shower area and the rest of the bathroom- you just open your glass door and walk right out! These are popular especially among older homeowners and those who wish to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, so that the shower is easier to access. Installing one requires a bit more work than one would think, however, since the floor needs to be adjusted to divert the water straight to the drain.
Sorry to break it to you, but vessel sinks are out. They take up too much space on the vanity, they are hard to clean (especially where the bowl meets the counter), and the basins are notoriously susceptible to toothpaste stains. The resurgent trend replacing them are undermount sinks, which allow for a cleaner line across the top of the vanity. These sinks are more function than fashion, at least compared to the vessel sinks, but they can still be made beautiful. Those in the know don’t settle for just one, however. Older homeowners tend more to understand the convenience of his and hers sinks- they make everything so much easier!
While what once was considered a necessity for a full bathroom has now become a mere option, soaking bathtubs are still hanging on in popularity. The numbers were pretty close- 64% of NKBA members surveyed said that they would include a bathtub in their remodel, and 60% of Houzz responders agreed. We predict that the bathtub has staying power- designers are constantly coming up with new ideas for bathtubs, including new and high-quality materials, shapes, and placements in the bathroom. Plus, who doesn’t love a relaxing soak?
As trends in bathroom design swing to favor simple, sleek designs and a more spa-like relaxing feel (steam showers are becoming more popular, for instance), designers naturally glean inspiration from Japanese design, and its Zen-like themes and visual imagery. Materials such as wood, lining the floor or rim of the tub perhaps, bring nature into the space without sacrificing those clean lines. Teak and bamboo are particularly hardy against water damage inevitable in a tub or shower, and are often used to line one’s steam room as well. Bringing more exotic décor into your bathroom can make it feel like even more of an escape, and this trend will only get more popular as the world becomes more chaotic.
A few other trends that follow up from last year’s analysis are that 1) grey continues to rise in popularity as a bathroom color, and 2) quarts countertops are also on the upswing. Last year touch faucets and environmentally-friendly LED lighting were both gaining ground, and environmentalists will be even more happy to hear that 91% of those surveyed by Houzz said that they would be interested in installing a low-flush toilet in their remodel, which use much less water and therefore are more efficient.