Kitchens and bathrooms remain the center of many popular remodeling projects, and contractors see no change in that trendline. But within those tasks, different components come to the forefront.
Duane Ward, president of the David Hazen Group in Zionsville, Indiana, says he’s seeing a move away from bathtubs. “Large walk-in showers are very popular now,” he says. “Almost every upgrade we do is going to walk-in showers. People don’t use tubs anymore, and they appreciate the convenience. Walk-in showers have a cleaner, more sterile look.”
In kitchens and bathrooms alike, whites and shades of gray are the color tones of the year. “White is definitely making a strong comeback,” Verga says. “White subway tiles, white flooring, white cabinets. It’s a very retro, very clean look. What’s old is new again.”
Ward also points to luxury vinyl tile, or LVT, as a major trend in the future. “It’s been used commercially for some time and recently entered the residential market,” he says. “LVT is extremely durable, very thin, and virtually indestructible. It can look like tiles or wood. The product itself is a little more expensive than other materials, but installation is cheaper, which brings the price competitive with other materials.”