Thursday, August 25, 2011

Bathroom vanity trends

As many people know, many of today's bathrooms offer way more than just functionality. They're comfortable, stylish rooms that often reflect the homeowner's personality.

With many people viewing their bathroom as a place to relax and unwind, consumers are taking extra care in the choice of one of the room's focal points - the bathroom vanity.

According to Kitchen & Bath Design News (KBDN), two types of bathroom vanities are in high demand right now. Transitional styles with clean lines and easy-to-maintain tops are popular, as are vanities with furniture-like styling.

Manufacturers surveyed by the publication say that many consumers are choosing simpler designs over more ornate ones.

"The most desired vanity design is a clean, transitional, Shaker-style vanity with less detail, more defined lines and light colors to make a fresh, clean look," Angela O'Neill, director of marketing and advertising for Wellborn Cabinets, told KBDN.

Furniture styling is also a popular trend among bathroom vanities, as they can often add a sense of elegance to a room.

"We are seeing more people request stand-alone vanities that look more like furniture than the typical vanity cabinet," Jeff Ptacek, product manager for Fieldstone/StarMark Cabinetry told the trade publication.

As for vanity tops, manufacturers tell KBDN that solid surfaces such as quartz and granite remain popular.