5 bathroom design trends for 2012

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Each year, the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) surveys its members to identify the latest design and specification trends in kitchen and bath design. This year, 350 NKBA members took part in the survey. Here are five emerging bathroom trends they identified. Note that four of the five can apply to kitchens as well.

February 23, 2012
Photo: NKBA Ottawa; Designer: Gemini Kitchen and Bath Design

Photo: NKBA Ottawa; Designer: Gemini Kitchen and Bath Design

2. Transitional over traditional

For the first time since the NKBA began tracking annual design trends, traditional is no longer the most popular type of design. In both the kitchen and the bathroom, transitional is now the most common style. While the traditional style has consistently been used by roughly three quarters of NKBA member designers in both the kitchen and the bath, that figure fell to 58 percent in kitchens and 59 percent in bathrooms this year.

These figures come in just below the transitional style, which is a blend of traditional and contemporary, typified by lines that are simpler than traditional, but a bit more elaborate than contemporary in order to create a modern classic look. Contemporary is the next most common style, up 5 percent to 52 percent in kitchens and up 10 percent to 53 percent in bathrooms from a year ago. Shaker, arts & crafts, and cottage remain the next most frequently used styles, according to NKBA.

Source: NKBA         Photo: KraftMaid/courtesy of NKBA

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