2010 Bathroom Trends

by J on January 31, 2010

Just in case you’re a person who loves to keep up with all the current home improvement trends, you’re in luck. Recently the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) released their list of the hottest bathroom trends for 2010.

It seems that for this year, the trendiest look is a style that’s been around for years:  traditional. Yes, that’s right; perhaps because of the economy and homeowners scaling back, the traditional look is the most popular for bathrooms this year, trumping contemporary and Shaker styles, respectively.

What that means if you’re contemplating a bathroom remodel is a more subdued look with a focus on simplicity. Here are a few highlights of the NKBA report.

1.    Absent this year from bathroom color schemes are any brilliant hues. Instead, beiges and bone shades will take center stage, followed by whites, off-whites and browns. For those of you who crave color, try adding some zing to the bathroom with accessories in vivid colors. Naturally, accessories are cheaper than fixtures, so you should be able to create the palette you want at a reduced price.

2.    For bathroom flooring, designers are emphasizing ceramic and porcelain tile and natural stone. Popular choices for vanity tops are granite, quartz and marble.

3.    Regarding bathroom fixtures, the most common color will be white, followed by bisque and off-white. You still have some choice in sink styles with simple under mount models being the top pick, followed by integrated sink tops, drop-in sinks, vessel sinks and pedestal sinks.

4.    The most popular faucet finish this year is brushed nickel. Also popular will be chrome, satin nickel, bronze and stainless steel.

As you’re contemplating your bathroom remodel or upgrade, you can keep in mind these trends. If you’re budget is not quite up to replacing your fixtures, you may want to consider having a bathtub refinishing company give you an estimate instead.

This is a much cheaper option, but will still allow you to have a like-new fixture at a fraction of the cost of a new one. A tub or sink refinish will also allow you to change the color of your tub or sink, so you will still be able to follow the current trend in color if you desire.

And since the “old” is the new for this year, you may not have too much to do to update your bathroom for 2010.

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