The Great Escape

These five hot trends in kitchen and bath products can help you sell big in the new era of home as sanctuary.

By Katy Tomasulo

Trend 3: Fine Finishes

"We're seeing a demand for different faucet finishes," says Rick Kilmer, general manager of Kallista. "Not 'boutiquey' or 'nichey,' but just a little bit different." While chrome and polished brass remain a perennial favorite among buyers, some new entrants are making a splash in the kitchen and the bath, including copper, oil-rubbed bronze, and even gold. Like bright colors, unique finishes offer buyers the opportunity to add a splash of color to differentiate their homes. Popular looks like Venetian bronze and Tuscan brass provide an Old World feel without skimping on modern performance. And while these uniquehues more than likely will never pull in more than a small percentage of market share, manufacturers continue to unveil them with the realization that enough home buyers are craving the opportunity to stand out without going all out.

Courtesy Delta Faucet

Vibrant Victorian: The company now offers its Victorian faucets for the kitchen. Available in single- and two-handle models, the faucets feature a high-rise swivel spout and an optional matching sprayer. In addition to Venetian bronze, shown here, the faucets come in chrome, chrome and polished brass, and stainless steel. Delta Faucet. 800-345-3358.

Courtesy Rohl

Bowl over: This above-counter basin is available in a range of unique finishes, including polished aluminum, copper vein, rustic Tuscan, and hot lava. The basins measure 16 1/4 inches in diameter by 5 3/8 inch deep. Rohl. 800-777-9762.

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