In recent years, designers shied away from medicine cabinets in the bathroom, but now, as they look for ways to add storage to the bathroom, they’re making a comeback, according to the 2012 National Kitchen and Bath Association Design Trends Survey.
“After being specified by 43 percent of NKBA member bathroom designers leading into 2010, medicine cabinets dropped to 36 percent last year,” the NKBA says in a press release. “However, as we enter 2012, some 66 percent have recently incorporated a medicine cabinet into a bathroom remodel.”
And when it comes to style, traditional has held top billing in recent years. But this year, transitional, a blend of traditional and contemporary, is taking over.
The NKBA says solid surfaces have over the past year rose from 26 percent to 34 percent, as granite has fallen from 84 percent to 71 percent. Quartz is holding steady at 53 percent and marble is currently the third most popular vanity top material. The use of glass vanity tops is on the rise, having more than doubled over the past two years, from 5 percent heading into 2010 to 11 percent today.
Color? Demure is in style as whites and off-whites reign. Other popular bathroom colors this year are beige/bone, gray, browns, green, and blue.
These trends are important to keep in mind if you plan on selling this year. Buyers want what’s new and fresh. A simple paint change or medicine cabinet installation could get you one step closer to selling your house.
For the full press release, visit http://www.nkba.org/press/releases/pressreleases2012/12-02-16/NKBA_Reveals_Top_Kitchen_Bath_Trends_for_2012.aspx