Finding Just the Right Fit
- When it comes to bath sinks and faucets, transitional is in,
defined by the increasing use of an eclectic mix of traditional and
contemporary styles, materials and colors.
- Everything old really is new again. Due to code restrictions,
using actual antiques has fallen out of favor. But reproductions of
1920s & ’30s designs are an industry-wide trend.
- Pedestal lavs and over-the-counter bowls and vessels are
out-pacing vanities this year, particularly for the guest bath.
Vanities continue to be most popular for the master bath, but
coordinated furniture pieces addressing storage problems are
beginning to change this.
- An exploding color palette marks the most noticeable change in
sink design, including the use of cobalt blues, warm earth tones in
rose and green, and some yellows. Various shades of biscuit
complement white and almond.
- Hand-painted floral and leaf designs are hot right now, both in
the basin and on faucets and handles with in-lays.
- Non-tarnishing brass is falling out favor, making way for
nickels and chromes in soft, satin finishes. Pre-tarnished and
plain brass are also in demand. Cross-handles are slightly favored
over levers, though the latter is gaining in popularity as Baby
- Consumers are recognizing the secondary bath as an ideal
place for making personal design statements without going to great
expense, making it the newest showplace on the home tour.