2017 Trends in Bath

Designers often rely on the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Report, completed by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), to compare how their local design preferences compare to national trends. Based on the annual member survey, the NKBA expects to see the following top 10 overall bathroom trends this year:

    • Style: Contemporary and transitional-styled bathrooms have overtaken traditionally styled preferences. Shaker style is gaining on traditional, while mid-century modern is emerging. Asian fusion is a niche design, but design professionals who recommend it plan to do more of it in bathrooms.

      Shibui 1/2 x 1 Herringbone in Sevres Blue Silk used in on a bathroom floor. Designer: Lisa Michael Interiors. Photo: Jessica Glynn Photography.
      • Color: Whites, off/whites and gray are by far the most popular bathroom color schemes. Blue is emerging, with younger design professionals leaning more towards violets and purples. Stainless steel is niche and emerging.
    • Cabinetry: Linen storage cabinets and wood vanities are the most commonly used bathroom storage solutions. Floating vanities and open shelving are popular and increasing in popularity. Toilet topper cabinets are declining in demand. “We’re beginning to see more sleek designs over the more furniture look in the past,” said one survey respondent.
    • Tile: Ceramic tile flooring is most popular, but high-quality vinyl appears to be emerging thanks to waterproof technologies now available.
    • Sinks: Undermount bathroom sinks are most desirable, with requests for vessel sinks continuing to wane, as well as pedestal sinks. Trough sinks are emerging.
    • Showers & Tubs: More than half of NKBA members surveyed said they eliminated a tub or whirlpool in a bathroom remodel over the course of the past year. Yet half also specified a freestanding tub during that same period, and 60 percent expect to specify more of them in 2017. While tub/shower surrounds are maintained and updated when they already exist in a home, they are not being added to new bathrooms or completely remodeled bathrooms.

      Agate 1 x 1 Firenze Pearl used in a bathroom.
    • Fixture Colors: White fixtures are trending up, while bone/bisque colored fixtures are trending down. Brushed brass and gold are emerging faucet finishes; designer faucet colors, while still quite niche, are emerging. “Everything is very bright and airy in terms of color trends,” said one survey respondent.
  • Amenities: The most popular amenities for the bathroom are in the arena of safety and comfort: e.g., comfort heights, shower seats, lighting in showers and no-threshold showers. Also prevalent in many bathroom designs is the addition of power outlets located directly in drawers or vanity cabinets to unobtrusively power blow dryers, curling irons, shavers, electric toothbrushes and more. Emerging amenities are smart toilets, smart toilet seats, music in the shower, easy maintenance features, and radiant floor heating. Distributed video and audio and wiring pathways for future integration are still niche in the bathroom, but emerging.

Seaside bath by Lisa Michael Interiors

Lisa Michael Interiors created this coastal-themed bath featuring Shibui 1 x 2 herringbone glass tile in Sevres Blue Silk. Photo: Jessica Glynn Photography

Lisa Michael Interiors in Delray Beach, Fla., recently completed a makeover of an outdated Florida home with a new seaside-inspired look. A complete renovation, including custom kitchen and baths, gave a new lease on life to the dated home. “Beautiful finishes combined with a custom pine ceiling gives this home charm and character,” Michaels says. “Casual furnishings and natural textures also gave it a sense of warmth and coziness.”

One of the baths is designed in classic blue and white and features Shibui 1/2 x 1 herringbone glass tile in Sevres Blue Silk on the floor. The tile is paired with grasscloth wallpaper in an indigo blue and white fixtures for the perfect coastal look. See the entire project.


Happy New Year 2017


We want to wish all of our friends a happy and healthy 2017! We’re big animal lovers here at Lunada Bay Tile, so we recently gathered our furry friends for a little photo shoot to celebrate the new year. The photos turned out so well that we decided to create an LBT Pets Calendar for 2017. Check out these cute pics.



Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest

‘Tis the season for cookies, cakes….and ugly Christmas sweaters. We love any excuse to get together and have a laugh…and this year’s holiday party was no different.

In a culture driven by looking our best, the ugly Christmas sweater is the inverse. It’s a chance to relax and make our coworkers laugh by wearing itchy and loud garments.   Bedazzled, tinseled or doused in glitter and lace, the ugly Christmas sweater is the ultimate anti-style icon. Which look was your favorite?