Carter notes that freestanding baths are on the rise in general, often replacing the demand for jetted tubs.
With style trends, a variety of textures, colors and finishes all play into the equation.
Lord finds that the tendency to mix and match materials, textures or colors from different design categories is becoming popular among homeowners looking to turn their space into an extension of themselves. “By selecting the same finish, modern shower fixtures can be juxtaposed with traditional bathroom faucets to create a space that feels personal but is still cohesive,” he says.
There are also many color and finish options on the market.
“We are again noticing an interest in adding a bit of color, or even patterns, to bathrooms,” says Carter.
Flowers agrees. “In the bathroom, we’re seeing designers moving away from the timeless mix of white sink ceramics with chrome fixtures. Black and white are leading the way, and while white remains a bathroom classic, an increasing number of manufacturers are now adding black to their color palettes.”
Carter also sees a move toward organic shapes, wood and plants in the bathroom space. There is also a desire for composite materials, he adds, noting the popularity of the company’s volcanic limestone content, which he believes adds to the simplicity and natural feel of the bath.
Jacobs says, “Consumers have a real choice in the myriad of styles [and finish options] available to them. Oil-rubbed bronze continues with its popularity, with chrome making a big comeback.”
For Hansgohe, chrome has always been what people want to see on display when looking for fixtures, says Christensten. “The second most popular to chrome are the steel optik and light brushed finishes. The third most popular finish is the rubbed bronze and oil-rubbed bronze. Overall, in the industry, finishes like polished nickel and polished brass are very rarely used today,” he adds.
Schrage concludes: “The bathroom is a respite, and the serenity we get from organic materials and colors [with] clear, neutral, calming effects soothes us.” KBDN