As our industry heads into trade show season and the latest innovations are revealed, what trends can we expect in 2017?
Compact design gives rise to expanded flexibility
Compact design coupled with high-powered performance ushers in a wave of products that delivers the most from a small space. As manufacturers design more appliances that offer luxurious functionality in a fraction of the space, we expect to see more designers, builders and remodelers developing creative ways to layer products where homeowners want to use them.
For example, compact dishwashers allow for installation in a media room in addition to the kitchen. A ventless dryer can be placed anywhere in the home. Built-in coffee makers that don’t require a dedicated plumbing line can be installed just about anywhere including a guest room, home office, primary closet or all three.
Water delivery your way
With the ever-growing options for dedicated faucets and fixtures, the plumbing infrastructure of a home is the starting point of possibilities. For the kitchen, pot fillers, bar faucets and filtered water dispensers all work in tandem to provide water delivery where homeowners use them most. Primary baths will continue expansion to include bidets with programmable settings and hands-free faucets and toilets that reduce the spread of germs.
The showering experience will further integrate the use of multiple shower heads, body sprays and handshowers to deliver an immersive customized water experience that also uses technological advances to preserve overall water usage. Digital showering systems will rise in popularity with enhanced personalized water delivery experiences that incorporate light, music and steam.
As the popularity of farmhouse chic evolves, more neutral colors, living finishes and natural materials blended with modern technology and luxurious details will be on the rise. For lighting, anticipate the inventive use of reclaimed wood paired with innovative LED lamping, especially in outdoor applications. The farmhouse sink will continue to make a statement in the kitchen, yet with updated designs, dimensions and finishes in soft golds and matte blacks to pair with contemporary faucets.