Hottest Kitchen and Bath Trends


Is your whirlpool tub passé? What about that lazy Susan? We reveal the latest kitchen and bath trends so you can see if your home is outdated.

Whether you want to sell your home or simply spruce it up, it’s wise to keep an eye on what’s trending in kitchen and bathroom improvement. Here’s our current rundown on what’s in and what’s out when it comes to bath and kitchen remodels. Some of it may surprise you.


Today, modern kitchen design ideas are trending toward function, simplicity and clean lines. What’s old is new again.

Out: Vessel sinks

In: Farmhouse sinks

Fancy sinks that look like big bowls perched on your countertop are so 2005. Now, large basin sinks like farmhouse sinks — updated versions of the ones your grandmother used — are becoming more popular, whether in traditional white, copper or stainless.

Out: Pull-out racks, lazy Susans and hanging pot racks

In: Open shelving

Clutter is out; simplicity is in. Cabinets crammed full of every spice, condiment and gadget known to man are giving way to the simplicity of open shelves. It’s a bold change because everything is on display, and as such, it forces you to be organized and uncluttered. But isn’t that the point of simplicity?

Out: Cherry wood cabinets

In: Painted cabinets

Dark cherry wood cabinets are beautiful, but they’re beginning to look a little dated. Now, the kitchen cabinet trend is painting upper and lower cabinets different colors. Not only does it create a chic contrast, it adds a fun, whimsical element to the kitchen.


The bathroom is becoming an oasis, a quiet personal retreat from the stress of the outside world. Here are some bathroom design trends to help you transform yours.

Out: Big whirlpool tubs

In: Freestanding soaking tubs

The whirlpool tub isn’t out per se, but contemporary bathtub design is trending away from the noisy bubblefest and surging jets. Instead, people are turning to single-person soaking tubs (some with dramatic shapes) that offer a quiet experience. And BTW, claw-foot tubs are back.

Out: Bath/shower combos

In: Large, luxurious showers

It’s time the shower and bathtub consciously uncoupled. If your bathroom won’t accommodate both, the trend is toward taking out the tub in favor of a larger shower. Glass doors, partial shower walls, threshold-free entry (also a safety feature), multiple showerheads, waterfall options and steam are all gaining popularity. Isn’t it time you turn your morning ritual into a spa experience?

Out: Vanity lighting around your mirror

In: Sophisticated light fixtures

Good lighting is important in every room — but it’s an absolute necessity in the bathroom. You don’t want to look into the mirror in an unforgiving glare. But a chandelier? Now we’re talking. Going glam in the bathroom is on the rise, as is more natural light.

Out: Your parents’ old brightly colored tile

In: Earth tones

Pink might be your favorite color, but these days creating a Zen experience is where it’s at. Bathroom tile is trending toward relaxing, calming colors like earth tones and soft shades, including browns, tans, warm grays and greens.

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