10 hot kitchen and bath design trends

High fashion bathroom
High fashion bathroom

Kitchens with appliances carefully concealed from view, bathrooms that look like art galleries equipped with sinks that could be artwork -- these are among the alter-ego transformations of the two workhorse rooms that caught the eye of judges in the National Kitchen & Bath Association's 2010 design competition.

On these two points alone, many designers and remodelers WalletPop contacted across the nation beg to differ, although some do embrace the trends.

"Concealed appliances will continue to be popular as more houses are built and remodeled with open kitchens," says Jamie Goldberg, design and marketing director with Italian kitchen Design and Distribution. "The 'un-kitchen' look, developed in Europe, will become even more widespread in the U.S. as we downsize our homes."