• Lorey Cavanaugh

A Deeper Look at KBIS 2019

Lighted mirrors provide a soft light source that is easier on the eyes than bright, overhead lights.

The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) held in Las Vegas this past February was chock-full of interesting and innovative design ideas, trends and products. Throughout the week, our design staff snapped photos and made note of their personal favorite displays in various categories. Below is an in-depth look at some of the highlights.

Lighting Trends:

New trends in lighting include lighted bathroom mirrors, lighting inside cabinet drawers, countertops and in toe kicks. Incorporating lighting into these typically poorly lit areas makes getting up in the middle of the night for a snack or to use the bathroom easier as you can rely on this secondary light source rather than bright, overhead lights. Integrated lighting in plumbing fixtures such as tubs, sinks and shower heads are also predicted to increase in popularity.

Sink & Faucet Trends:

Vessel sinks in fun colors, textures and materials were popular displays at KBIS as well as quartz sinks, the classic farmhouse sink, and large, single bowl sinks. The latest 3D printing technology was on display with impressive 3D printed faucets from Brizo and Delta. Faucets in bright colors and unique finishes such as matte black, brushed gold and ombre stood out among the traditional choices.

Colorful faucets can provide a bold statement in the kitchen.

Technology Trends:

The innovation of connectivity is now made possible in the bathroom by Kohler through their Kohler Konnect system, an Alexa-enabled mirror which allows voice control throughout the bathroom. Simple voice commands can turn on the shower, start the bath tub, or dim the lights. Perfect Fill technology stops the water flow to the bathtub before it overflows without you standing by monitoring. You can even turn the shower on from the comfort of your bed. Intelligent toilets are on the rise as well, with heated seats, customizable heights, bidet features and built- in sanitation systems. Needless to say, these smart features come with a large price tag.

Tile Trends:

Perhaps one of the most fun experiences at KBIS was seeing and learning about the numerous unique tile options available on the market today. Printed cement tiles, as well as bold, colorful tiles were installed in geometric patterns that truly make a statement. Textured tiles are also a chic design idea that can add dimension and appeal to an overall plain space.

An interesting take on two-toned cabinetry, where the upper cabinetry provides a pop of color.

Cabinetry Trends:

Two-toned cabinetry has remained a popular trend over the last couple of years and was a showcased feature at KBIS. Using 2 or more cabinet colors/finishes can spice up a kitchen and provide an opportunity to add a pop of color without committing to the entire kitchen. Shades of green and blue are becoming popular cabinetry colors. To provide a bit of rustic flair, designers recommended incorporating natural elements such as wood through open shelving or a range hood. We saw a lot of open shelving in general throughout the KBIS displays.


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