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DEC 2018

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sinks, [and] white still reigned supreme," the Ferguson manager shares. "In 2019, we believe homeowners may start gravitating toward mixed metals [like copper or cast iron], texture or pattern, sometimes hand-painted." On the faucet side, the Ferguson executive predicts that warm brass will trend in 2019. She also sees matte black faucets trending in the bathroom. Toilets saw some interesting trends, as well: "In 2018, homeowners began opting for skirted one-piece toilets because of their seamless, easy-to-clean design. Self-cleaning toilets also began to gain traction. Looking ahead, we think toilets with integrated bidet functionality will continue to increase in popularity. A number of luxury hotels now include bidets in the bath- room," she notes, "so customers want to bring that experience home." Freestanding focal-point tubs will continue their strong trend into 2019, Fout predicts, but with whirlpool upgrades, like "heated surfaces and air jets." She also sees the styles getting more personalized. Along with shapes, "color options are expanding for freestanding tubs; we've seen everything from matte black to gray and even matte white finishes." Salvage and vintage are also making a comeback, according to Sweeten's Brownhill. "Repurposed fixtures are a triple win: they're eco-friendly, come with a back story and lend character to any space," she notes. CABINETRY AND SURFACE TRENDS "Countertops are the top feature to splurge on during kitchen renovations, and engineered quartz is now the most popular countertop ma- terial," says Sitchinava, who sees transitional and contemporary styles taking the lead in urban and suburban areas. Farmhouse leads rural markets. In her New York metro and suburban mar- kets, Sweeten's Brownhill observes, "Blue is the new neutral in kitchen cabinetry – we're seeing it in city and suburban renovations alike." She's also seeing appliance garages, matte black hard- ware and a shallow shelves trend. Clendenon predicts more personalization in 2019. "Everyone wants uniqueness to some degree. But mixing the wood tones for sure is on the way back in and multiple finishes on cabinets." She dubs the look "refined rustic. We are doing four kitchens like this. We think the natural organic look with bright splashes of color is really the direction people are moving and we encourage it. We do not love the all-white and gray look, and we find more and more are saying the same. I think people want warm and not too industrial, and for sure not too sterile; we do not see much high-gloss laminate in the kitchen anymore." NARI's Pekel also sees mixing colors in the kitchen as a continuing trend, and says about other surfaces, "Hardwood floors still outpace any other flooring options; engineered is popu- lar for durability. In bathrooms, tile reigns su- preme [and] textured tile will continue to trend. Clients are expressing themselves on a smaller scale, introducing wallpapers in smaller spaces. Examples include powder rooms or foyers." LIGHTING TRENDS "Over the past few years, kitchen pendants have grown to dimensions that make them a design focal point," Ferguson's Fout observes. "Although lighting fixtures in chrome and brushed nickel still are the mainstream, gold fixtures became very popular in 2018. The variation of gold hues is what's really trending, from soft rose gold to a deep burnished gold. Circular shapes will also be very popular – from globes to orb-like pendants – and pairing with natural materials, beads and shading," she predicts for 2019. "LED bulbs now come in a variety of colors that shed less of the clinical blue light and mimic the warm glow from incandescent bulbs," NARI's Pekel says. Keep an eye on tunable or human centric lighting, which was featured strongly at this year's CEDIA home technology conference, and seeks to mimic natural daylighting. While light layering will still be popular for 2019 bathrooms, it will be even more dramatic, Fout predicts. "Backlit mirrors, LED dimmable and color-change lighting around the vanity itself or in the toekick. Homeowners will also start to add more visual interest by mixing finishes – for instance, matte black faucets with warm brass lighting fixtures." LAST WORDS "Kitchen renovations are the top ticket item, fol- lowed by [the] master bathroom," NARI's Pekel says about remodeling trends, which is certainly good news for the kitchen and bath industry. If you've already tapped out your client list in b oth spaces, you can look beyond for new sales opportunities with existing clients, the contrac- tor says. "For those fortunate homeowners who have completed all interior renovations, garage remodeling has grown in popularity." ▪ Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS is an independent designer in San Diego, the author of New Kitchen Ideas That Work and the New Bathroom Idea Book (Taunton Press), and a design journalist, NKBA Chapter Presenter and industry consultant. Her website is She was named one of Kitchen & Bath Design News' 50 top innovators for 2017. Rustic and dark woods are showing up increas- ingly in kitchen projects. Wood floors are the leading kitchen choice. Focal point tubs are still trending strongly. Salvaged components are turning up in many remodeling projects. Photo: Courtesy of NKBA/Designer: Martin de Sousa/Photographer: Vincent Lions Photo: Courtesy of Sweeten Photo: Courtesy of NARI/Karma Home Designs Photo: Courtesy of NKBA/Designer: Raul Saldivar, Aedificium/Photographer: Patricia Guerra 36 Kitchen & Bath Design News • December 2018 TREND SPOTTING

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