The annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is a spectacular event. More than 500 companies from the industry’s leading brands present the latest trends in kitchen and bath design. Residential remodeling and construction professionals and other members of the event’s sponsor, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), come to be inspired by and learn all the details about the exciting new products and technologies that can provide practical solutions for the rooms where you spend so much time.
Texture Takes Center Stage
The texture of rough-hewn wood was trending for many products throughout the show. Add a shabby chic touch or a farmhouse feel to walls, ceilings, kitchen islands, and more with StikWood’s peel-and-stick planking, made from real reclaimed and sustainable wood. If you want the look of rustic wood floors in a high-traffic kitchen, Walker Zanger’s Blendart Collection of tile looks exactly like weathered wood, but has the durability and versatility of porcelain tile.
Natural stone and brick – as well as easy-care look-alike materials – were often seen paired with wood to complete the rustic decor. ClipStone by Environmental Stoneworks is a low-maintenance veneer with the look of natural stone that can be used to add texture to any wall – indoors or out. Eldorado Stone’s TundraBrick offers the texture and appearance of weathered brick in a lightweight, inch-thick veneer product.
Metallic finishes are popular for those who prefer shiny and elegant over rough and rugged for their kitchen or bath. Brass hardware, copper sinks, and bronze plumbing fixtures look especially fresh when paired with matte black or sleek white cabinetry. Silestone’s sparkling gold quartz counter surfaces will add an extra touch of elegance to the spa-like master bathroom of your dreams.
Universal Appeal for Kitchen and Bath
New kitchens and bathrooms will definitely be including more principles of Universal Design, using layout, safety, and accessibility features to create living spaces that are more welcoming to everyone from very young children to the elderly, including people with strength, mobility, and vision issues.
Rising to the Occasion
Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. incorporates technology into its designs with an Electric Countertop Lift on display at KBIS 2016. The push of a button provides a work surface that adjusts to heights ranging from lower than a standard table up to 42” high. The butcher block top can be set to the perfect height for chopping vegetables. Then change the height to use it for buffet-style service at a party. This Universal Design feature is perfect when people with varying abilities use the kitchen.
Breaking Down Barriers
The curbless, barrier-free shower is a practical, Universal Design shower solution that is also elegant in appearance. The award-winning, American-made WallDrain from QuickDrain USA is a new linear drain that is installed flush along the wall rather than in the center of the shower stall. It’s nearly invisible. The floor slopes gently toward the drain, so there is no need for a curb between the shower enclosure and the dry side of the bathroom. This drain system is not only efficient, but also sleek and unobtrusive with any style of bathroom.
Best in Bath
DXV, the luxury kitchen and bath accessories brand from American Standard, won Best in Bath at KBIS2016 for its Vibrato faucet line. This is part of the first collection of commercially-available residential faucets created with 3D printing. They feature beautiful delicate-looking latticework, and are printed using a high strength, lead-free metal alloy. Though still quite expensive for the average homeowner, the Vibrato line will inspire designers to try 3D at more affordable price levels in the future.
Let us know if you would like to explore how we can include some of these beautiful trends into a redesign of your kitchen and bath. We can help you select the new looks that are just right for you and your family’s lifestyle!
Photos courtesy of The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS®) and Emerald Expositions, Inc.