. Furniture

• Furniture replaces cabinetry. Furniture is being introduced into the bathroom much as it has been in the kitchen. There is a trend toward less use of cabinetry and more furniture items, such as the console lavatory, to create a look that is unified with the bedroom.

• Contemporary look. Contemporary lines are echoed in the freestanding furniture pieces.

• floating cabinets. Many cabinets are taking on the “floating look," whereby they are attached to a wall instead of grounded on the floor.

sustainable Design

• Environmentally friendly products. Clients are continually becoming more pro-environment and looking for environmentally friendly products, including those made of recycled and renew­able materials, to use in their homes.

• Water and energy saving fixtures. In addition to water and energy saving features, consum­ers want products that are low maintenance to reduce cleaning and the use of chemicals. They also want durable materials so they will not need to be replaced frequently.

• Chemical sensitivity. Many people are very sensitive to chemicals, so selecting products with low or no chemical emissions is important in these cases.

• efficient lighting. People in general desire bright spaces and the use of daylighting is bringing in an abundance of natural light for daytime use. Energy-efficient LED lighting is also becoming the lamp of choice for many purposes. You will find more information on sustainable design in chapter 3, “Environmental and Sustainability Considerations."