Latest Kitchen and Bath Design Trends

 Are you tired of looking at floral wall paper and formica counter tops? Or do you want to find ways to make your home more environmentally friendly? Read what the industry is saying about the top trends in kitchen and bath design in this article from The Atlanta Real Estate Forum.

By: Amanda Winters ¦ Atlanta Real Estate Forum

Builder magazine interviewed some of the industry’s top designers to find out what’s hot and what’s not in kitchen and bath design. For some, especially higher-end clientele, water and energy efficiency and lasting style are in demand. Middle-class clientele are seeking larger great rooms, open spaces that include kitchens, family rooms and a media center; as well as flex space. Kitchens are taking a greater focus in the home, becoming a central living space in many homes, not just a cooking space.

Since many Americans are opting to stay in their current homes and make renovations instead of buying a new home, energy efficiency upgrades are becoming increasingly popular, say the designers. And so is saving money. Even on the high end of the market, everyone is focused on stretching their dollars as far as possible.

Some of the trends that designers are getting requests for include things like built-in recycling areas, organized drawers for spices, farmhouse-style sinks, stone countertops (like honed surfaces, composite quartz, and soapstone, but not granite), glass tiles, colored accent walls, white cabinets, wood floors and low-flow showerheads.

And what’s not so hot? Ice machines, trash compactors, formal living rooms, wallpaper and granite (except exotic types), say the designers.

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