Inspiration for Your Kitchen and Bath
Each year, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) sponsors the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), a spectacular event where more than 500 companies representing the industry’s leading brands present new ideas for kitchen and bath design, technology, and sustainability. Residential design and construction professionals from all over the country gather to learn about kitchen and bath trends and the latest products that they can put to work for homeowners like you.
KBIS highlights not only the latest styles, but also educates building pros about exciting new products and technologies that can provide practical solutions for making the rooms where you spend so much time the perfect fit for your lifestyle.
Fresh from the 2017 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show…
“Black is the New Stainless” seems to be this year’s theme in the world of appliances. Jenn-Air’s new black floating glass finish is available for all its products including built-in wall ovens, microwave/wall oven configurations, a cabinet-depth French door refrigerator, 30-inch slide-in ranges, and its high-performance dishwashers. Their built-in refrigerators with Obsidian black interiors and LED lighting are especially elegant and dramatic.
Frigidaire Gallery has launched a Smudge-Proof™ Black Stainless Steel collection as a stylish new alternative to the usual stainless finish. It’s warm, neutral, and versatile enough for any kitchen décor. It also resists fingerprints and makes clean-up a breeze, solving the biggest complaint homeowners have about stainless steel – the problem of keeping smudges at bay!
Moen and Kohler are showing more color options in kitchen and bath faucets, fixtures, and accessories. Matte black (also smudge-resistant) is trending here, as well as soft gold, rose-gold, and bronze tones.
Cabinets are popping up in more colors too, adding some spice to the currently popular white kitchen. You can choose soft gray, coastal blues, or even bright green. And we’re seeing “tuxedo cabinet” designs that mix and match colors with either different upper and lower cabinet colors or with wall cabinets and islands in contrasting hues.
Weathered wood and soft metallic patinas started cropping up for all kinds of surfaces in the home a few years ago. This year we found even more variety in the “well-worn’ category with concrete tiles ranging from industrial style to softer, more subtle looks. The random imperfections in concrete tiles give them a natural beauty for walls, and their heat resistance makes them well-suited for fireplace surrounds.
Quartz, increasingly popular as a counter surface, is now available in sinks. The durable composite material is easy to clean and has excellent scratch, impact, and heat resistance. Elkay’s Quartz Luxe series offers 16 models with single or double bowls in six colors. Kohler’s composite material, called Neoroc, is found in their Kennon collection of elegant sinks. These matte black and matte brown sinks are enhanced with metal flecks and are impervious to scratches and stains, as well as being beautiful.
While most families couldn’t manage living in something out of the “tiny house” craze, the fascination with down-sizing and simpler lifestyles grows. Both millennials and boomers are gravitating toward smaller homes and more urban living environments, and that means packing more style and function into less space. European appliance manufacturers are leading the way, because they’ve offered smaller sizes in Europe for years. Now they are keeping up with the trend in the US by adding smaller versions of their products here. German refrigeration expert Liebherr offers its innovative BioFresh technology in 24” and 30” wide refrigerators. Miele displayed a 24” oven and induction cooktop and an 18” dishwasher. We’re seeing smaller-scale bathroom vanities, toilets and fixtures from Kohler and DXV by American Standard as well.
Let us know if you would like to take a look at how we can incorporate some of these beautiful ideas into a redesign of your kitchen and bathrooms. Or if you’re thinking about increasing the beauty and functionality of any room in your home, we can help you select the fresh 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.