KBIS 2019 Shows True Colors
This year’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), combined with the International Builders Show and held in Las Vegas last month, did not disappoint. New innovations and ideas have burst onto the scene, moving kitchen and bathroom design from sleek and streamlined to colorful and creative. With over 600 brands revealing their newest products, the industry is clearly striving to meet the demand of homeowners who are ready to express their individualism after a season of neutral design and color. Get inspired to breathe new life into your own home as you read about the latest and greatest trends on the market.
COLOR MAKES A COMEBACK
The recent standard of gray and white is slowly fading into the background as color declares a grand resurgence. Homeowners are excited about “making their mark” as color palettes expand to include vibrant shades of navy blue (hailed as “the new black”) and emerald green. Sunshine yellow and exotic magenta introduce fresh vibrance to the scene, and even the softer dusty rose is making an appearance on cabinetry. Victoria & Albert introduced a new line of freestanding bathtubs boasting 200 color options, ranging from light blue to bold orange, with a gloss or matte finish to top things off. For those who prefer to dip a toe into this world of color rather than diving in headfirst, options such as changeable faucet wraps allow you to ease into the new color trends more gradually before making a bolder commitment.
PERSONALIZED AND CUSTOMIZED
Let’s get personal! The kitchen and bath industry displayed new options for customizing your home for a unique and distinct touch of individuality. Cookie cutter design and décor have made way for radical expressions of personality. Hand painted appliances and tiles add a dash of eye appeal with fearless colors and designs. BlueStar wowed the crowd with its ability to take nearly any image and print it on ranges, hoods, or refrigerators, allowing homeowners to add florals or stripes to otherwise solid surfaces. In addition to color options which reflect the buyer’s own taste, inscriptions can be added to everything from faucets to bathtubs, furthering the trend toward singularly original design.
PATTERNS ADD PIZZAZZ
Patterns are popping up everywhere as design trends lean toward character and expression. Even grab bars now present opportunities to show off color and pattern. Kohler Co. collaborated with Ann Sacks for its stunning tile Crackle Collection, which recycles unfired pottery waste to create wall tile finished with a reactive glaze for dazzling effect. Corian Design introduced new backsplash styles presented in panels that are cut into puzzle pieces, which are then pieced together on-site, to form geometric masterpieces. This easy-to-clean option can also be back-lit for added punch.
While KBIS always impresses with its cutting-edge introductions to the world of kitchen and bath design, this year was exceptional in sparking new interest for both industry trendsetters, designers and remodelers, and homeowners who are hungry for more than just the status quo. With no end to the innovative products, ideas, and technologies on the forefront, homeowners have much to look forward to as they ponder and plan their next renovation products.