We went over New Kitchen Design Trends in 2012 and this week, we are going to talk about what bathroom design trends are hot right now in 2012. Bathroom cabinet and vanity design continues to evolve in new and exciting ways. Check out these cutting-edge trends to discover the perfect look for your newly remodeled bathroom.
A New Take on Laminates
If the idea of laminated cabinets makes you cringe, think again. Updated laminates include eye-catching woven or interlocking designs, interesting exotic woods and textured metal patterns.
As minimalist looks continue to gain popularity, vertical cabinets are being used to increase storage without cluttering the clean lines of modern bathrooms. Integrate vertical cabinets into a traditional vanity, or use tall, freestanding cabinets to create a stylized, industrial look.
Perfect for powder rooms or extreme modern looks, mini cabinets and vanities in unusual finishes or dimensions provide a focal point along with space for the essentials in even the smallest rooms or most minimalist settings.
Vanities created from mounting cabinets above the floor continue to be a strong trend in bathroom design. Floating vanities are often paired with tall cabinets to increase storage while retaining a strikingly current look. Unexpected accent lighting below the cabinet boxes creates visual interest.
Especially when combined with modern materials or contemporary designs, architectural elements create transitional looks that deliver the best of both worlds. Choose cabinets embellished with decorative moldings or table legs to create a vanity that resembles an antique dresser or buffet.
Frameless cabinetry has long been a hot trend in kitchen cabinets, and it’s being seen more often in baths as well. The sleek lines of smoothly fitting doors are visually pleasing, and the construction allows for larger drawers and increased ease of access.
Fussy hardware vanishes in this cabinet style, in which drawer pulls and handles are incorporated into the surface of the doors. High-end European looks are achieved with cabinets that incorporate stainless steel or aluminum into the handle design.
Contemporary kitchen cabinet staples including rollout bins and tip-out drawers are a cutting-edge addition to bathroom cabinets. Roll-out bins are perfect for storing toiletries and towels, appliance garages manage electrical devices in one central location, and tip-out drawers keep toothbrushes, paste and floss conveniently handy and out of sight.
Modern Medicine Cabinets
More than a mirrored box on the wall, new medicine cabinets are incorporating entertainment features including televisions and MP3 docking stations. Other options include refrigerated or locking compartments for storing sensitive medications and soft-close doors.
Rustic bathroom vanities made of or made to resemble reclaimed wood are a hot design trend this year. Rustic freestanding vanities may use glass-fronted cabinet doors or eliminate doors entirely in favor of drawers combined with openwork shelving.
Dark cabinets continue to set the bar for the ultimate in luxury and state-of-the-art design, but that doesn’t necessarily mean strictly modern. Cabinets in deep cherry or mahogany finishes work equally well in traditional and transitional design and add a hint of warmth to sleek contemporary interiors.