Every year thousands of manufacturers, designers, architects and builders come together at the International Kitchen and Bath Show (KBIS) in Vegas to see over 1,500 exhibits, many featuring fully functioning kitchens and baths. What goes into these spaces shapes our everyday lives. Starting with how they look and ending with how well they function. After four years of a stalled economy this year’s KBIS demonstrated a strong market rebound. Record breaking attendance and electrifying new products ideas make this the best show ever. Here are my top 5 trends:
While transitional styles are still number one, kitchen design trends are much more contemporary this year, with clean, simple lines; less clutter and little ornamentation. Innovative storage solutions keep pots and pans and appliances tucked away out of site. Slick, durable, easy to clean surfaces provide a polished look and a resilience that busy kitchens demand.
Kitchens feature customized space that include pull out pantry systems, drop down holders for iPads, open shelving, doors that lift up and out of the way, big easy to access double wide drawers, varying counter heights, cabinets that look and function like furniture pieces; all custom features that allow you to personalize your kitchen. Blanco introduced the “One” a customizable sink with plenty of accessories to fit your cooking style. Hardware Resources featured innovative pull out shelving for new or existing cabinets.
Gray was the leading color of the more that 100 kitchens on display, from pale, platinum to steel blue. One of the most beautiful kitchens was Poggenpohl’s Goldreif Group. It combined wood with two different shades of gray. Wood finishes included pickled oak and natural ash as well as natural wood running horizontally across cabinet fronts. White kitchens were still being shown in both contemporary and transitional settings; the day of glazed cabinets has finally ended.
A host of new product introductions featured metallic finishes. Kohler’s new sparkle finish on their stained less steel sinks also make them scratch proof. Metallic quilted hardware from Top Knobs, the glimmer of glass tiles and the shine of mineral quartz counter-tops, along with the rich hues of copper made this show sparkle.
Blame it on too many Iron Chef Shows, homeowners want to bring the experience of a commercial kitchen into their homes with professional grade appliances designed for everyday living. Viking Range introduced its Professional 7 Series range and Electrolux unveiled a stainless steel dishwasher that can clean and dry your dishes in 30 minutes and deliver a professional-level clean. Very impressive!