The right combination of color and texture can elevate an interior environment to new heights. As we wrap up National Kitchen & Bath Month, we sat down with one of our valued partners, Triton Stone Group, to explore how to achieve today’s residential interior trends. Their insights inspire new ways to liven up your kitchen and bath to strike an ideal balance of form and function.
What are you seeing in kitchen and bath trends as far as colors, aesthetics, and finishes?
Shown: Choice™ White Bevel
TSG: Monochromatic color schemes are very much on trend. Gray continues to be a popular choice, along with white and neutral tones such as taupe. We are also finding accents of navy and blue throughout our kitchen and bath designs.
For example, this kitchen features a blue center island cabinet with antique brass hardware and plumbing fixtures. In addition, we are seeing matte, honed, and leathered natural stone finishes on kitchen and bath counters and tile selections. Clients are using a mix of materials like natural stone, quartz, ceramic, porcelain, cement, and wood to achieve their desired look, emphasizing different textures while still retaining practicality and functionality.
What is your best tip for designing kitchens?
Shown: Lucente™ in Honey
TSG: When designing your kitchen, it is important to make your selections based on your lifestyle. For example, are you a messy cook? Do you love to entertain? Is your kitchen a high traffic room?
We recommend selecting counters first and building your design around your countertop choice, especially if you are using natural stone. Tile, plumbing, and hardware are like jewelry for your design and should be used to embellish and refine the style of the space.
What is your best tip for designing baths?
Shown: Privado™ in Canyon Gray
TSG: Follow the same guidelines when designing a bathroom, and take the opportunity to customize the space to your needs. Freestanding tubs and custom shower systems are more popular than the traditional tub/shower combination, especially in master baths. Clients often use marble and porcelain tile to achieve a clean and calm look. Whether you seek a spa-like oasis or a glamorous retreat, there are so many materials available to fit your design tastes and lifestyle needs.
Which types of tile or natural stone are best suited for each design aesthetic?
Modern designs focus on a simple color palette with clean, ultra-crisp lines. We find the best choice for this aesthetic is a solid color, or a marble-look quartz or porcelain slab. Large format tiles help to minimize grout joints for a cleaner look on floors and shower walls.
Contemporary looks, not to be confused with modern design, are based on the “here and now,” and usually incorporate current trends. We recommend any type of three-dimensional backsplash tile, textured backsplash tile, or any type of metallic accent. These trends pair well with soapstone and quartzite.
Most transitional designs look to strike a balance in creating calm and relaxed spaces. Both natural and engineered stone work well with this look, and we think patterned tiles in neutral tones are a great way to introduce color and texture.
Traditional designs always feature classic materials like granite, marble, and travertine. Subway tiles, hexagon, basketweave, and penny tile mosaics are excellent choices for a traditional look.
Where do you find inspiration?
TSG: We love traveling to tile and stone shows in the U.S. and Europe to discover the latest trends in a fun and educational atmosphere. Social media is another major influencer, and like everyone else, we are excited to connect with clients and designers on Facebook and Instagram to see what others in our industry are creating!As a one-stop shop for kitchen and bath design, Triton Stone Group offers the latest design inspiration and a wide range of stone and tile products – including Emser Tile collections. Explore how they can be a resource for your next project.