Sleek + Hyper-Functional: Kitchen and Bath Trends

Discover the trends that will drive kitchen and bath innovations in the years to come.

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Going Green

Ready to see the latest and greatest in kitchen and bath design? Designers and innovators are coming up with an incredible array of products and ideas that are bringing beauty and smart design to these much-used realms. Finding ways to integrate growing, whether herbs or lettuces, within kitchen design, is the next level approach to healthy eating. The Canadian company Urban Cultivator creates hydroponic indoor gardening systems—greenhouses in your kitchen—to grow vegetables, herbs and microgreens in what the company calls "living kitchens" that can nest nicely beneath countertops to truly integrate into the overall kitchen design.

Dimensional Surfaces

Interior designer Jessica Helgerson's stunning kitchen island in multidimensional shades of red illustrates the impact of this new kitchen and bath trend for geometric design and texture.

Dimensional Surfaces

Innovations in pattern and dimensional surfaces that give a modern edge to kitchens and baths—like this Ann Sacks Ogassian tile—are a fresh way to bring trending ideas to the home.

Going Green

Companies are finding new ways to integrate progressive environmental-awareness into their designs. The Italian company Riva 1920 includes conveniently located compost bins right at the counter where chopping and food prep is done, the better to handle kitchen waste A cutting board that slides over the sink also makes clean-up easy.

The Invisible Kitchen

The open, contemporary kitchen is truly the heart of the home. Better still, this chic, on-trend kitchen illustrates the new movement toward invisible kitchens that allow functional elements like appliances and cookware to disappear.

The Invisible Kitchen

More and more, kitchen design will find them retreating into the background and the functions of the kitchen hiding behind custom woodwork with appliances skillfully disguised.

Practical Placements

Custom leather-and-brass barstools nest cleverly under this kitchen island and give a neat, curated look.

Smart Storage: Dedicated Drawer Space

Smart ways of hiding kitchen essentials and making storage hyper-functional is a new trend, as seen in this clever Sub-Zero refrigerator drawer.

Innovative Islands

The focal point of this kitchen is the marble-clad island which houses hidden storage and integrated microwave.

Smart Storage: Thoughtful Built-Ins

Forward-thinking Italian design company Riva 1920 exemplifies the trend for smart innovations in design with this brilliant solution for housing plates and glasses by the sink.

(Fun)ctional Hardware

Hardware in kitchens and baths is no longer simply about use-value. It is a way to incorporate wit and novelty into design and can lend beauty and fun to your life.

The Warmth of Wood

The Ofuro soaking tub by Rapsel is inspired by a Japanese design and shows the growing trend for incorporating wood into kitchens and baths.

The Warmth of Wood

Wood is an unexpected element in the bath when it's used in bathtubs and showers. This simple material used in new ways brings an orgranic, spa-like ambiance to the bath, transforming it into a restful space.

The Warmth of Wood

An Ann Sacks shower highlights the spa-like ambiance that results when wood is incorporated into the bath.

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