Warmer Finishes Are on The Way
Home & Textiles Today Staff -- Home Textiles Today, January 8, 2014
The Arzo bath collection towel bar from Delta comes in two sizes, 18-inch and 24-inch with fi nishes starting at $81.
That's what consumers will be asking in 2014, with wood, as well as marble and onyx becoming increasingly popular choices for bathroom renovation projects. Consumers are looking for ways to warm up their bath accessory finishes with choices that complement these natural materials.
According to Delta Faucet Company's industrial design team's 2014 bath design predictions, warmer finishes like bronze and brass, which have been used in high-end homes for some time now, will become more mainstream. Delta's Brilliance brushed bronze and brushed nickel finishes offer a similar upscale look with less maintenance, according to the company.
Typically, a bathroom renovation project is expected to last over a decade or two, but minor updates "can make the world of a difference," said Krystin Lee, public relations specialist for Masco Canada Limited, maker of the Delta brand. "Simple updates like a new shower head, updated faucets or even swapping out your towel bars, toilet paper holders or adding robe hooks can amp up the ‘wow' factor in the bathroom space."
Accessories in the Arris collection from Moen include a towel ring, towel bars, grab bars and a wall-mount magnifying mirror.
Bath updates are also being driven by another factor. Lee noted a trend where consumers are looking to "age in place," she said. "Rather than downsizing to smaller homes, Baby Boomers are looking to make updates to their bathrooms with smart solutions such as decorative grab bars or weight-bearing toilet paper holders."
The new Arris bathroom collection from Moen is intended for consumers who want to give their bathrooms a modern update. "We have taken inspiration from modern architecture, where you often see a sharp edge formed by the intersection of two surfaces," said Chris Gilbert, principal industrial designer for Moen. The collection is available in Chrome and Moen's Life Shine brushed nickel finishes.
Consumers have had an on again, off-again relationship with nickel - one that is on again in a big way. According to the design folks at Kohler, nickel fell out of fashion in the early part of the 20th century because it wasn't viewed as durable. Now most finishes, including nickel, are very durable thanks to a coating process called PVD (physical vapor deposition).
Design experts at Kohler note that the warm tone of brushed nickel "looks classic" in ever-popular white bathrooms but also coordinates well with natural and popular choices like granite or slate countertops and backsplashes.
Bronze is versatile, according to Kohler, working with traditional, even rustic bathroom looks as well as more contemporary. But all bronze shades are not alike. Kohler offers a lighter brushed bronze as well as more recently introduced darker oil rubbed bronze.