Top 6 trends in the kitchen and bath
Whether you are building a new home or renovating, there are materials, colors and accessories to fit every style. Do you lean toward modern and contemporary? Prefer something more traditional? Or are you somewhere in the middle? Deciding on a style is just one piece of the design puzzle – there are countless other ways to make a statement.
Toll Brothers, an award-winning national builder that builds in 20 states, works closely with its clients to ensure that they will enjoy their kitchen and bath designs for many years to come.
“Our clients tell us their wish list and what appeals to them, and we put it all together,” said Beth Adamus, design studio manager with Toll Brothers. “One of the perks of building with Toll Brothers is our new Design Studio in Plymouth, where all homebuyers work with one of our design coordinators to create their dream home. It’s a first-class experience.”
Here are six trends Toll Brothers is seeing that will take your kitchen and bath design to the next level.
A few years ago, only a small percentage of Toll Brothers’ clients chose quartz for their countertops. Today, it’s overwhelmingly their top choice – and for good reason. With a very consistent appearance, minimal veining and a light hue, quartz is especially popular in contemporary kitchens and bathrooms.
Quartz complements the clean, simple cabinet doors and matches up seamlessly against rectangular subway-tiled backsplashes. But it also looks great in traditional kitchens and bathrooms, where granite is often a top choice. For traditional styles, consider quartz countertops that have more detail due to heavier veining.
“It’s not only aesthetically appealing, Quartz is also extremely durable,” said Adamus. “We have several examples on display in our Design Studio, which is open for prospective buyers to browse on Saturdays – I highly recommend a visit.”
Wide plank flooring
Plank flooring always provide depth and luxury, but wide planks have an even greater wow factor. Traditional two-inch planks pale in comparison to their newest seven- and nine-inch counterparts. They look good in any room, including the kitchen, and they make smaller rooms appear larger than they are. When choosing a finish, consider light over dark. The latest flooring styles feature light gray or warm gray tones.
White cabinetry fits every design style – from clean, flat-panel or Shaker-style cabinets in contemporary kitchens and bathrooms to glazed white or ivory cabinets with raised-panel doors in traditional rooms. “This trend is becoming very popular and is not only attractive but useful for additional storage,” said Adamus. To give your kitchen a more custom feel, extend kitchen cabinets to the ceiling with a 12-inch cabinet above your existing cabinetry.
To make a design statement in the kitchen, white cabinets are best balanced by a backsplash. For modern-style kitchens, use clean, white subway tiles, along with pops of color – orange or turquoise look great – through strategically placed salt shakers or small appliances.
In contemporary bathrooms, bring in color with vibrant vases or hand towels. In traditional, more classic designs, white cabinets look best when they are balanced by heavier details – for example, a backsplash installed on a diagonal with a picture frame accent above the stove, or oil-rubbed bronze faucets in the bathroom. Also think about making a statement with glass cabinet doors – traditional styles usually feature mullions, while contemporary do not.
Large showers and all the details
Consumers are forgoing bath tubs in favor of large showers, and by installing frameless shower doors, they are making a design statement in their homes. Not only do frameless shower doors make the room appear larger and more streamlined, but they also are easier to clean.
Shower heads, too, are incorporating form and function. Consider a ceiling shower, reminiscent of a warm summer rainfall. But it’s a good idea to consider purchasing both a rain ceiling shower and a wall-mounted shower – ceiling showers aren’t as great at rinsing out shampoo. And when choosing a finish for the shower heads, shiny chrome is always a standout. Toll Brothers uses exclusively Kohler products, and several examples of the hottest trends are on display at the studio, including an interactive display showing a range of fixture options.
Although traditional stainless steel appliances remain a favorite in kitchen designs, they are facing competition from the newest style on the block – black stainless steel. Described as a warmer alternative to traditional stainless steel, these appliances help reflect warm light back into the space. And there’s another plus: Black stainless steel is said to resist smudges better than traditional stainless.
Whether it’s with traditional stainless or black stainless appliances, you can make a statement in your kitchen by upgrading to five- or six-burner induction cooktops, microwave/convection oven combinations and dishwashers with the controls hidden.
There’s nothing that makes a stronger statement underfoot than a beautifully patterned tile floor in the bathroom. Rectangular tile is very popular right now, and it can be installed straight and stacked horizontally, or staggered and even laid on an angle. In modern bathrooms, grays and whites are an ideal color option, while traditional bath designs favor creams and light browns.
Interested in finding your dream home? Toll Brothers features professionally decorated models in Ann Arbor, Canton, Novi and Northville featuring the latest design trends, with an experienced staff that will help you build your dream home.
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