Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling Trends for a Healthier Home
What will the world of kitchen and bath design look like in 2024? I believe we will be embracing wellness-enhancing products in 2024. Healthy cooking, voice-controlled appliances, and environmentally friendly kitchen and bath features will lead the way to a healthier home. Here are my top picks for embracing wellness in 2024 when remodeling for a healthier home.
Embracing wellness in the kitchen.
Steam ovens have made the biggest difference in healthy cooking. They have emerged as the game changer not only in cooking convenience but creating healthier meals. I have weaned my clients off their microwaves in favor of steam ovens. Not only does Steam cooking preserve minerals and vitamins, but steam does also not change the structure of food when reheating. I have not had a single client regret including a steam oven in their kitchen. I expect this trend to continue with more opinions in 2024.
Water Filters and Water Stations
Faucets that deliver chilled, filtered, or sparkling water as part of any kitchen, coffee station, wine bar, and even bathrooms are gaining prominence. Water is not only precious but necessary for health and wellness. The quality of water has long been in the news as has the impact of packaging on the environment. These faucets provide healthy options that are easily accessible and encourage drinking more water. I anticipate these faucets to become more affordable in 2024 as clients embrace this wellness-enhancing feature. Manufacturers are aligning with eco-friendly practices by reducing the need for disposable bottles. I see this as a win for our health and the environment.
Indoor Air Quality
Embracing wellness and a healthier home in the kitchen begins with ventilation. Particularly crucial for clients who still prefer gas cooking, kitchen hoods, like the one from Signature Kitchen Suite (SKS) are gaining in popularity. These hoods monitor and control air movement to turn the hood on and off using smart technology to synchronize the burners and the fan. As we learn more and more about indoor air quality, especially in the kitchen, efficient and effective air circulation will become standard in kitchen design in 2024.
Embracing wellness in the bathroom
Chromatherapy and Aromatherapy
I believe chroma and aromatherapy are two major enhancements to health and wellness. For years we have understood the effects of light on our moods and that is exactly what chromatherapy is all about. Specific colors of light can have positive impacts on our mood. Aromatherapy has also gained in popularity. Using essential oils from plants to relieve pain, improve mood, and help to increase relaxation is beneficial to any wellness routine. I am glad to see both therapies become more affordable and more available in bathroom fittings, fixtures, and lighting.
Shifting our focus to the bathroom, I see steam increasing in popularity for the health benefits it provides. Mr. Steam and Brizo have both introduced products that are easy to install (so important for getting trades on board with installing the products) easy to use and can be retrofitted for most bathrooms. In addition to steam, adding chroma-therapy and aromatherapy to the shower or tub adds a holistic touch to the home spa experience. Multi-function shower heads are another shower enhancement that can provide a home spa experience such as massage, rain, and gentle aeration. These features, which used to be considered a luxury, are becoming more accessible, offering both mood and health benefits.
Air Massage Tubs
Not just for large principal bathrooms, air tubs that provide hydro massage benefits are finding their way into secondary baths as well. With increased emphasis on recovery, especially for athletes and students alike, these tubs provide a spa experience and are becoming an affordable yet luxurious option for at-home wellness. I have been designing these features for my client’s homes for many years. Bain Ultra has an amazing system for both aromatherapy and chromatherapy in their tubs.
Bain Ultra air massage tub. Photo by Thymeandplacedesign.com
Embracing Wellness in 2024
As we all pursue a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle, I expect to see more people embrace these trends in 2024. As we learn more about the relationship between neuroscience and our interiors, I am confident you will be reading much more about creating healthier homes as we embrace wellness in design for 2024. Click here to read my blog about neuroscience and interior design.
From voice-controlled appliances and fixtures to eco-friendly water solutions and spa features, these innovations cater to both physical and mental well-being. Looking for ideas on creating wellness solutions at home? Click here to find spa-cation design tips for your home.
I hope you can include one or all of these products to transform your home into a sanctuary that promotes self-care and environmental consciousness. What are your thoughts on these features for your home? Drop me a line and let me know, I would love to hear from you.
Sharon L. Sherman, ASID, NCIDQ, CID, CKD
Sharon is the founder of Thyme and Place Design, headquartered in Wyckoff, New Jersey. She’s been practicing kitchen and bath design for the past 40 years and is a Past President of the American Society of Interior Designers – New Jersey chapter. She is a current member of the editorial board of KBB Magazine, the official magazine of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Sharon has also received a Kitchen Bath Design News 2022 Innovator of the Year Award and was a Praiseworthy Pick by Kitchen Bath & Business Magazine.
Her award-winning designs and editorial comments have been featured in Forbes, The New York Times, Design Milk, Furniture Lighting and Decor, Designers Today, Bergen NJ magazine, Kitchen & Bath Design News, Woman’s Day, Country Decorating, Design NJ, New Jersey Home Magazine, 201 Magazine, The Best of Bergen, Savvy Living, The Vue, The Record, The Star-Ledger, and Aspire as well as several books.
Her blog “Tips from the Trade” has been posted by Design NJ, KBBonline, and Take5. She has also appeared on HGTV’s My Big Amazing Renovation and episodes of House Smarts with Lou Manfredini. Sharon was a featured speaker for *Voices From The Industry* at the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s international convention and The International Surfaces Event and is available for further speaking engagements nationwide on all topics related to the world of Kitchen and Bath design as well as running a successful kitchen and bath design business. She is also a CEU provider for IDCEC and The NKBA.