Unexpected Kitchen and Bath Materials


While Houzz is looking for the most unusual kitchen and bath materials used in remodeling kitchens and bathrooms over the last year, we’re seeing that functionality wins out. Many homeowners who have chosen to remodel have switched from the materials of a decade ago to more current trends, but the materials are functional and economical. For example, a ceramic tile floor is being replaced with wood, which is a bit more forgiving. Interest is increasing in concrete for flooring, but we’re predicting its rise to popularity is not going to be quick.

According to designers’ commentary on Houzz, modern design elements in kitchens are being replaced with more traditional features. For example, the glass backsplashes that have been so popular over the last few years are being replaced with tile that incorporates black or pewter either in the tile itself or between tiles. Kitchen metallic like silver, chrome and stainless steel are giving way to gold, copper and bronze, providing an overall warmth for the room but maintaining the smooth, sleek look of metal. While the cool, sleek kitchen or bath was popular recently, these rooms are evolving into warmer, cozier spaces with functionality. Wood doors on cabinets maximize clean lines and trend toward the traditional – Shaker style is a good example of this more classic look.

The trend for bathroom remodeling is to replace bath tubs of any type with larger showers. Accenting with rain shower heads not only adds a new element, it also allows for functionality. In bathrooms, the traditional vanity has been replaced with cabinetry that looks more like furniture and gives the room a cozy, homey feeling. Whatever your decision might be for materials, select something that serves a purpose for you and your family and fits your budget. If it has form, function and makes financial sense, then it’s likely a home run.


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