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April 2024

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RETAILOBSERVER.COM APRIL 2024 24 A S S O C I AT I O N [ N E W S ] T hese creations are more than just impressive. Here we take a deep dive into how the designs include many of the findings from the association's 2024 Bath Trends Report: 1. A RELAXED RETREAT With its natural lighting and biophilic details, high-tech solutions, luxurious surfaces, and a tucked-away tub that is ideal for long, serene soaks, "Brentari Bath" by second-place Primary Bath category winner Kathleen Donohue, CMKBD, of Neil Kelly Co. in Bend, Oregon is the perfect place to get away from it all. In the report, the designers said that the bath will become a serene sanctuary in the home, featuring organic/natural design themes such as natural woods, greens and blues, and spa-like features that include body sprays and jets, large showers, and wet rooms. Photography by Tim Cotter Photography 2. SUSTAINABILITY "Treetop Spa," designed by third-place Primary Bath category winner Melissa Sakell, CKBD, of Anthony Wilder Design/Build, Inc. in Cabin John, Maryland embraces and celebrates nature with its expansive glass wall and windows that let in sunlight and flora and fauna. As homeowners seek more environmentally friendly solutions in the bath, there will be a focus on energy-saving water heaters, VOC-free paints and stains, and shower controls for adjusting water flow and pressure. Photography by John Cole Photography 3. MINIMALISTIC DESIGN Various design elements in the "Forever Home" Powder Room designed by first-place Primary Bath category winners and first- place Powder Room category winners, Designer Trish Knight and Co-Designer Nicole Varga of Night Varga Interiors in Vancouver, BC, are minimalistic and low-maintenance. According to the report respondents, clean lines will be in demand, along with slabs or large tile in tub and shower surrounds, meaning fewer grout lines, or none at all. Statement vanities, wallpaper, tile, and paint will add contrast and color to these streamlined spaces. Photography by Janis Nicolay Photography NINE VISIONARY DESIGNS THAT ENCOMPASS EMERGING BATH TRENDS These designs by NKBA | KBIS Kitchen & Bath Design + Industry Awards winners incorporate the shifts expected in the bath over the next few years AT THE AWARDS CEREMONY, SPONSORED BY DIAMOND SPONSORS MATERIAL BANK AND MIELE, PLATINUM SPONSORS CYNCLY AND FERGUSON KITCHEN, LIGHTING & BATH GALLERY, GOLD SPONSOR KICHLER LIGHTING, SPECIALTY DRINK SPONSOR PERLICK AND STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION SPONSOR FISHER & PAYKEL, THE WINNING DESIGNERS WERE LAUDED FOR REPRESENTING THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST IN THE INDUSTRY WITH THEIR KITCHEN AND BATH DESIGNS.

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