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KITCHENS & BATHS April/May 2018
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Check out these popular ideas for your kitchen or bath.

Check out these popular ideas for your kitchen or bath.

Whether you’re updating your home for resale or you’re transforming your current residence into your dream home, there’s never been a better time to remodel. To help you narrow down that wish list, we spoke to several local professionals who specialize in kitchen and bath remodeling. Here are their views on trends and styles to look for in the year ahead and some things to keep in mind.


  • Style: Although transitional style still carries the day, many designers see other styles growing in popularity as well. “We’ll see more modern, contemporary, simple, clean lines,” predicts Barb Hyde of Beisser Lumber.

    That echoes a national trend, according to The site says designs are moving toward “flat-panel cabinets with minimal embellishment.”

    Sarah Young of Sunderland Brothers says that explains why busier looks are waning in popularity. “Dark colors and decorative details that are very busy seem to be out these days,” she says.

    A kitchen with simple lines doesn’t have to be basic, however. AIM Kitchen and Bath’s Corey Gersdorf explains, “There are a lot of fun, popular features you can add to your kitchen.” He says LED can lights and LED undercounter lighting are growing trends, highlighting that sleek cabinetry and brightening work areas.
  • Color: Most experts foresee grays continuing in popularity, but changes are on the horizon. Hyde says, “White-on-white is very hot, and we’re seeing more accent colors added to the mix. Blues are becoming more desired.”

    These colors are also selected most often in cabinetry. “Because painted cabinetry is still a popular trend, white is going to be popular for quite a while. But we’re seeing more people use white upper cabinets and darker grays for the base cabinets,” Gersdorf says.

    Woodharbor’s Cheryl Arganbright says this trend toward mixed finishes is growing. “A different, darker finish on the island can add depth without darkening the room.”
  • Features: Creating the ideal kitchen isn’t just about style. It’s also about designing a space that functions perfectly for each client.

    Arganbright says this is a fun challenge. No matter what the trends are, listening to the homeowners and seeing how they use their space helps determine the products and features that will benefit them most. “There are so many storage options and cabinet customizations available such as drawer-within-a-drawer options, lifting appliance shelves, and corner cabinet units that are much more efficient than the old lazy Susan designs.”

    Gersdorf agrees. “Pullout spice racks, pullout trash/recycle bins, roll-out trays—they’re all very popular things you can add to your kitchen to make it more functional,” he says.

    Young says, “Walk-in pantries are always desirable if a home has the space for it. And storage for specialty items, either in the pantry or in the main kitchen cabinetry.”

    One of the trendiest features in kitchens these days is coffee stations. Hyde says, “Anything coffee is huge—designated coffee bars, areas for specialty coffee brewers—anything coffee.”
  • Appliances: Besides specialty items, trends in appliances are continuing on the same line as in recent years. Commercial ranges, decorative range hoods, and double ovens remain popular.

    “For refrigerators, cabinet depth is still popular, but we’re also starting to see more of the large individual side-by-side units,” Hyde says.

    Gersdorf says, “The panel-ready refrigerators are becoming more popular, too. Adding cabinet panels to the refrigerator can add that custom built-in look.” He says one new trend he’s seeing is built-in microwave drawers. “They’re especially big in kitchen remodels right now. More appliance companies have them available, so there are a lot of options to choose from.”


  • Style: Neutrals are especially popular in bathroom design, although whites and grays are common as well. Hyde says, “I’m seeing baths stained dark more often these days.”

    Darker finishes are making their mark in the bath as well, but grays and whites remain popular in the bath just as they do in the kitchen.

    One change that’s rapidly gaining popularity is in tile. “Large-format tile is very popular,” says Gersdorf. “We’re starting to see more tile companies having more size options available.” Everything from 3×12 to 12×24 tiles is being featured in bath designs.

    “The large-format products are very trendy. So are the cement tile and concrete printed encaustic tile, which is tile with a design element of different color(s) of clay, not something printed on,” Young says.
  • Features: Despite the trend toward luxury items such as heated floors, steam showers, and decorative lighting, simplicity of design is the dominant factor.

    “We use a lot of handheld showers in our projects,” Gersdorf says. “Towel warmers are becoming popular too.”

    Hyde says, “We’re seeing more waterfall shower heads and large walk-in showers.”

    “Walk-in showers continue to be a very popular trend,” Gersdorf agrees. “As more people are staying in their homes, having a luxurious shower is a way for homeowners to add to their space.”

    Tubs are less common than in years past, but when they are included in the design, homeowners are opting for soaking tubs or free-standing fixtures that take center stage.

From cabinetry and flooring to design accents and color, major changes or small improvements, you can transform your kitchen or bathroom to suit your style and be right on target with all of today’s trends, too.


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