Each year, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) sponsors the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), an amazing event where more than 500 companies that represent 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 the latest products and carry the inspiration back to put it all to work for homeowners like you.
KBIS showcases not only the latest style trends, 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.
Here are some highlights of the 2016 show…
The natural texture of rough-hewn wood was trending for many products throughout the show. Add a touch of shabby chic or a farmhouse feel to walls, ceilings, or kitchen islands with StikWood’s peel-and-stick planking, made from real reclaimed and sustainable wood that’s made for easy application. A rustic, yet elegant, interior design trend is the sliding barn door. It makes a statement as a room divider or as a space-saving, practical solution for a pantry, bathroom, or a wine cellar. Wood-Mode’s custom cabinetry in a Rough Sawn European Oak finish emulates the rugged look of freshly sawn lumber with its random widths, cross-cut saw marks, knots, and prominent grain patterns.
Natural stone and brick – as well as easy-care look-alike materials – were often seen paired with wood to complete the rustic decor. ClipStone by Environmental Stoneworks is a low maintenance veneer with the look of natural stone that can be used to add texture to any wall – indoors or out. Eldorado Stone’s TundraBrick offers the texture and appearance of weathered brick in a lightweight, inch-thick veneer product. The Profiles Collection by Island Stone features natural stone tile cut in shapes and concave/convex relief patterns to add dimension to a bathroom wall.
Breaking Down Barriers
Kitchen and bathroom design is definitely embracing principles of Universal Design, using layout, safety and accessibility features to create living spaces that are more welcoming to everyone from very young children to the elderly, including people with strength, mobility and vision issues.
One popular Universal Design bathroom element is the curbless, barrier-free shower. It’s a practical shower solution that is also elegant in appearance. A new drain system shown at KBIS makes it even easier to achieve this elegance: the linear drain. This is a drain system that is nearly invisible, installed flush along the wall rather than in the center of the shower stall. With the floor sloping gently toward the drain, there is no need for a curb between the shower enclosure and the dry side of the bathroom. The award-winning, American-made WallDrain from QuickDrain USA is not only efficient, but also sleek and unobtrusive with any bathroom style.
Faucets – Now in 3D!
Best in Bath at KBIS2016 went to DXV, the luxury kitchen and bath accessories brand from American Standard for its Vibrato faucets. The Vibrato is part of the first collection of commercially-available residential faucets created with 3D printing. Featuring a beautiful mesh of delicate latticework, they are printed using a high strength, lead-free metal alloy with separate concealed waterways that converge to create one smooth stream. Though still too pricey for the average homeowner, watch for the Vibrato line to inspire designers at all price levels to try 3D.
Let us know if you would like to take a look at how we can incorporate some of these beautiful trends 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 and technology that are just right for you and your family’s lifestyle!