Last week, I traveled to Orlando, Florida for the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (or KBIS as it is affectionately known).
Networking, new product introductions, trend-spotting and of course FUN…want to get a behind-the-scenes look at some of my favorite moments from KBIS 2017?
Check out this quick recap video!
KBIS has become one of my favorite design events of the year.
Because I am always fascinated by how product developers use their talents and resources to meet the needs of the consumer as it relates to style and function.
The chance to see all of the latest introductions (many in prototype form) is invaluable for designers and builders who are looking for new resources to use in residential and commercial projects.
The event also allows us to see how companies are adopting trends and adapting to the changes in the market.
As designers and builders, we don’t focus so much on “trends” for trends sake.
We use the clues we gather at this show to help our clients understand the bigger picture when designing their spaces.
While I was at the show, I had the chance to do an Instagram takeover for my friends at Zephyr.
If you want to see what I shared, you can head on over to their IG account or just look up the hashtag #ZephyrDesignerTakeover.
As I walked the show, there were several trends (themes) that I kept seeing over and over again.
Here are the top five themes I noticed at KBIS 2017!
One big theme that I noticed was the infusion of color! I was pleasantly surprised to see so much COLOR at this year’s show.
Kitchens and baths tend to be colorless and conservative because buyers fear committing to a color, finish or trend that will be out of style before they know it.
However, many companies at this year’s event leaned into the market’s subconscious and intuitive craving for color… they just offered it in ways that allow the color to be the accent of personality to a space that can otherwise have a neutral base.
We saw tons of colorful ranges of hoods, and even colorful faucets and basins!
SLIDE, GLIDE & HIDE
This theme is something I like to call the “slide, glide, and hide.”
In response to the growing need for small space design, many manufacturers are outfitting their products with features that help to minimize the space and maximize the client’s usable footprint…or just creating smaller products in general!
For example, Plato Woodwork, Inc. offers a feature that embeds automated levers into the cabinetry to allow you to store and hide things like seasonings (and even your television). They also have a feature that allows pantry shelves to slide out with the push of a button making organization a breeze!
“Slide, Glide and Hide” plays right into the next recurring theme: intuitive automation.
American Standard has a new faucet that perfectly illustrates this trend, but first here’s a question: If I told you that there was a faucet that eliminates the need for measuring cups because you can tell it exactly how much water you need, would you believe me?
You can see it in action here:
Likewise, Thermador has created smart storage for refrigerators that you can touch to open and you can even adjust the height at which you display them!
One of my favorite themes of the show was the influence of fashion!
From color schemes to tile patterns to materials and hardware finishes, it was hard to miss the impact of fashion on new product introductions.
DXV Luxury faucet introduced a new bathroom lavatory that allows the consumer to select a trim ring that expresses their personal style!
Finally, I was really impressed by the number of finish options available on everything from bathroom lavatory faucets to kitchen sinks and appliances!
Kohler allows the consumer to choose from something as timeless as brushed nickel to something as trendy as matte black or rose gold!
Well, that’s a wrap for KBIS 2017!
I hope you enjoyed this recap and my report on the hottest kitchen and bath trends for 2017!
I’m pumped about the “themes” I saw at the show. Are you?
Be sure to let me know what your favorite theme is and what you think of all of these new products in the comments below!