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A growing range of technology solutions, including thermostat smart controls, water-conservation technology, and internet-connected products, are expected to take center stage in bathroom design over the next few years, according to the 2019 Bathroom Design Trends Study conducted by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). The NKBA survey also found transitional and contemporary design styles are likely to be the most popular for bathroom projects, according to Kitchen & Bath Design News.

Surveyed design pros most often created transitional, traditional and contemporary master bathrooms in the past year, according to the NKBA. Less popular, although still a market factor, were coastal, Craftsman, rustic, mid-century and eclectic styling. Transitional and contemporary are expected to be the most popular bathroom styles in the next few years, the NKBA said. Traditional, industrial, coastal, mid-century and organic also show potential, the association added.

Other key study findings were as follows:

  • The “most interesting” new products for bathrooms include offerings in showers/shower surrounds (for example, solid-surface walls and touch controls), vanities/cabinetry (floating vanities, new finishes, different heights, reduced depth and open shelves) and technology solutions (controls for lighting, music and water temperature; leak detectors; mirrors with TV; app-enabled control for radiant floors, and digital shower valves).

Results were based on a survey of 583 NKBA-member kitchen designers, remodelers, architects, decorative plumbing showrooms, cabinet shops and other product specifiers, according to the Hackettstown, N.J.-based trade association.

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