Kitchen & Bath Design News

AUG 2018

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traction in the past two years. It seems like every company offers one standard now." In natural wood finishes, he adds, people are leaning toward medium or darker toned woods, such as teak and walnut. Neilson is seeing a lot of interest in grays and earth tones still. "Natural wood seems to be making a comeback, especially in reclaimed wood where the character can be played up," she adds. Mucha says that natural/organic wood finishes are popular on all design styles and can be found on designs with a reclaimed look, modern designs and even traditional pieces. Manufacturers are also seeing some interest in unique blends of materials and finishes. "At Native Trails, we see a lot of demand for combining unique materials and styles within a single bathroom vanity. For example, a metal vanity paired with a concrete vanity top/sink com- bo, or a reclaimed wood vanity paired with a hammered nickel sink," Neilson notes. Bob Gifford, director of business development for Hastings Tile & Bath in New York, NY says, "Over the past year, we've seen a lot of inter- est in the use of different materials. For example HPL (High Pressure Laminate) has come back into favor with architects because of its durability and the fact that it's now available in so many colors and with interesting textures. We have a wood-look integrated basin top that is very handsome." requested, manufacturers say. Natural wood finishes remain a popular choice as well. "Outside of the more traditional wood finishes, white is always the leading choice. But we have seen a rise in other neutrals like gray, which offers a soft aesthetic in the vanity space," says Lemel. O'Neill states that 50 percent of the products sold by Wellborn Cabinet are painted, primarily in shades of white and gray. "In the stain cate- gory we are still seeing strong dominance in the darker colors like our Espresso," she says. "Current trends have moved into mid-tones and more lightening up of these darker tones. Also, gray stains have become trendy," she adds. L'Henaff sees vanities with natural oak or a contemporary gray finish being popular right now. "Both finishes are attractive next to the classic white lavatory sink and are light enough that they will not darken a small bathroom," he maintains. "We are also starting to see bolder colors mak- ing their way into this category." Guevara believes brilliant colors are trending right now. Along with the whites and grays, he says, royal blues and other colors are showing up more often. "We are also seeing a resurgence of colors other than gray and white…blue, specifically, has been turning a lot of heads in the industry," Robinson points out. "Blue paint and stains have been gaining a lot of Rustic Luxury is reflected in this bath from Crystal Cabinet Works, which features double vanity consoles and a matching credenza with a custom door style finished in Signature Nutmeg with Black High- light, distressing, worm holing and spatting on knotty alder. The bath was designed by Dorian DeHaan of Boutique Kitchens in Chester, NY. Circle No. 164 on Product Card The Inverted Vanity Sink Base from SOLLiD Cabinetry was designed with a functioning drawer below the main cabinet space instead of a stationary drawer front. The prac- tical option is available across the company's entire product selection. Shown is the Designer Series New- port door style in Frost paint. Circle No. 163 on Product Card Robern's AiO Collection merg- es minimalist design with LUM Lighting and OM Audio. The AiO Lighted Cabinets come equipped with Bluetooth to sync music at any time of day, as well as dimmable one-touch task lighting, magnifying mirror, electrical and USB outlets, and magnetic storage for metal grooming tools. Circle No. 166 on Product Card Bertch Cabinets has added a Cobalt Blue color into its bath cabinet line as a standard color. Shown is the Northbrook door style in Birch on a dresser vanity with two functional drawers and Oasis Solid White Matte top. Circle No. 165 on Product Card Strong architectural lines give the M4 vanity from Fairmont Designs a confident, sophisticated air. The free-standing vanity with five draw- ers and an open shelf provide plenty of storage while maintaining a clean and open appearance. A Natural Walnut finish with gunmetal trim adds a distinctive touch. Circle No. 168 on Product Card Today's master suite typically includes his and hers vanities or double-bowl vanities. Transitional tastes often involve combining various textures and materials for a one-of-a-kind style, as seen here in this ShowplaceEVO cabinetry from Showplace Cabinetry in wired bronze High Gloss. Circle No. 167 on Product Card As homeowners look to more streamlined and decorative vanities in open spaces, Canyon Creek Cabinet Co. offers this floating de- sign that features Katana all-access cabinetry in rift white oak with a Dune stain. Accents of soft grey Sea Drift stain link the countertops and paint colors found throughout the space. Circle No. 170 on Product Card Kohler's Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror has Amazon Alexa built in. Verdera design features include a dual-microphone solution to en- hance the accuracy of voice-control, speakers housed in hermetically sealed casings, a motion-activated wayfinding nightlight and LED lights for makeup application, grooming and skin care. Circle No. 169 on Product Card 90 Kitchen & Bath Design News • August 2018 PRODUCT TREND REPORT

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