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Your Guide to National Kitchen & Bathroom Month

October is National Kitchen and Bathroom Month! What does that mean exactly?
The National Kitchen and Bathroom Association declared October to be a month dedicated to the education of the benefits and advantages of homeowners renovating their kitchens or bathrooms in addition to promotions and incentives to upgrade.
If you think about it, October is the best month out of the year for a renovation; the kids are back to school and comfortable in their routine, while the promise of the hustle and bustle of the holidays is still in the distance.
Here’s what you need to know for National Kitchen and Bathroom Month this year:

Top Bathroom Trends

Updating your bathroom adds incredible value to your home. In addition to this, it also can help lower the cost of your water bill with efficient appliances and water-conserving features.
Some of the biggest bathroom trends this year include:

  • Heated floors and anti-fog mirrors
  • Trough sinks
  • Stand-alone tubs
  • Shower seats
  • Steam showers
  • Open-concept vanities and shelving
  • Square or rectangular faucets and fixtures
  • Shower vs. Tub

modern-glass-showerIn terms of trends, there is no preference between a shower and a tub. The decision to upgrade comes solely from the homeowner’s personal opinion. If you prefer showers, invest in a new shower.
If you prefer baths, go with a new tub. The one detail that remains popular this year in tubs and showers is that they are now being separated. Rather than installing a built-in shower/tub combo, we are seeing stand-alone showers and tubs for a spa-like experience that is all luxury and comfort.

Top Kitchen Trends

Many of the trends in the kitchen help make things simpler and more efficient. Technological upgrades and streamlined appliances make the kitchen feel professional and chic at the same time.
Some of our favorite trends are:

  • Apron sinks
  • Drawers with damping
  • Simple faucets and fixtures with tech twists such as 360-degree swivel action and automation
  • Quartz countertops
  • Bold, oversized fixtures and faucets
  • Commercial grade ovens, ranges and fridges

Ways to Avoid Trends with a Time Limit

No one wants to admit that they were ever into shag carpeting in the bathroom or those avocado-colored kitchen sets, but at one point in time, they were the trends for the year. The best way to avoid making a mistake that you may regret with your bathroom or kitchen renovation is to actually slow down on the trends.
Choose one or two trends that genuinely speak to you and make the rest of your design choices based on your personal preferences and functionality. What will result is a bathroom or kitchen that is unique and suited to your exact needs.
For more information on National Kitchen and Bathroom Month or for help with your own bathroom or kitchen renovation, call The Plumbing Dr. in Arlington, VA at (703) 525-9280 today.