The fine art of function and finesse plays out in today’s kitchens and baths. Whether updating or building new, industry experts put entertaining and unwinding at the center of every design.
Leaning into the way clients live, technology and low-maintenance materials enhance convenience in the kitchen and relaxation in the bath. Natural details grace most designs, elevated by metal finishes and surprising new colors. And integration is all the rage, with undercounter, built-in and handle-less options. Everywhere you look, inspiration abounds.
Advice from Janet Brooks, ASID: “For the kitchen, it sometimes works best to create two separate islands, which provides good storage opportunities in both islands and separates the barstools from the serious, working part of the kitchen.”
“In the bathroom, it is important to have good lighting on the face. This can be done with pendants or sconces mounted at the correct height. Recessed lighting shining down from the ceiling creates ugly shadows. Powder rooms present the perfect opportunity to pull out all the stops and showcase unique design concepts. Rather than a tired pony wall between the water closet and sink, come up with a more exciting way to provide a little privacy, like a textured-glass and stainless-steel panel.”