If you think going to your local kitchen and bath showroom is overwhelming imagine walking the halls of two convention show halls totaling over 400,000 square feet and over 600 vendors and try to figure out which products are the best for your clients! It can be mind-boggling but I love every minute of working the KBIS show.
If you are a designer in the kitchen and bath industry, I cannot stress enough how much you need to go to KBIS annually. KBIS is where all the new products, technology, and trends are introduced not to mention the amazing educational opportunities with great speakers and industry icons, like Cindy Smith, Editor in Chief of Interiors Magazine, who gave the most amazing keynote ever!
The trends I saw at KBIS this year, were just beginning to emerge last year so it was really interesting to see them in full force at the 2018 show and to see how advanced things had gotten since last year. I will only discuss what I consider the top five trends, but there were many others, which I may share at a later date. This post will highlight five trends I thought were most prevalent at KBIS 2018: Smart Home Technology, Matte Finishes, At Home Spa Bathrooms and Black Cabinetry. Let's look at the individual trends and discuss I saw at the show in Orlando. But first a little joke!.
|Thermador is always a leader in their industry. Did you know that Thermador was the first appliance company to introduce stainless steel and the others followed? It's true! Also, did you know that Julia Child cooked on Thermador in her own kitchen? She did! I mean come on, if it is good enough for Julia, we certainly need to stop and take notice, right? Wonder what Julia would say if she could save the time it normally takes to heat up the oven while she was driving home from work?|
DXV's Lyndon Faucet in Matte Black
Grohe's Essence single handle kitchen faucet is a combo of their SuperSteel Infinity finish with black accent.
WilsonArt's Matte black "Traceless" Laminate
WilsonArt's Traceless Laminate in Matte Black
WilsonArt's Traceless Laminate in matte black offers a velvety smooth surface that will not leave smears, smudges or fingerprints on its surface. This product is great for countertops or for making furniture like shown above.
photo by Dustin Peck Photography
3) Black Cabinetry: This is actually kinda interesting to me as I did the kitchen above in 2015 and someone who used basically the same elements as I used in this kitchen won best of Houzz last year in 2017 for their design, but we won't get off on that topic. Black has finally edged out grey and white as a kitchen cabinet color. I predict by next year it won't be as big, but it certainly was trending at KBIS 2018. Almost every cabinet line had bad somewhere. Black is definitely having its hay day. Black cabinetry, as well as white cabinetry, are classic so I don't foresee them going anywhere so don't freak out if you just painted your kitchen white or black. Color in cabinetry is on the horizon but that doesn't mean the classic are passe' just not trending.
The next trend which has been around for the past couple of years is "At Home Spa Retreat" and why not? I mean seriously, it is so easy to do now with the new products on the market. Doesn't every one want to live well and take care of themselves everyday?
photo courtesy of Mr. Steam
Of course, if you need a little design help, I know a willing designer you can call (me!). Here are eight benefits of taking a steam shower, but you can read all forty by clicking here. Please take time to read these, you will be amazed! Who doesn't want to burn off 150 calories by standing under a steam shower for 15 minutes? Duh! Beats climbing the elliptical for 30 minutes for the same outcome!
Remember the beautiful Metrie Doors I used in this project?
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