We just returned a few weeks ago from a very successful trip to the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show 2016 in sunny Las Vegas during Design & Construction Week. Strolling amongst tens of thousands of fellow industry professionals we made our way aisle by aisle in search of new product for our Houston marketplace. Being trend spotters, we noticed new appliance finishes making their debut. Two noteworthy introductions were GE‘s Slate finish and one of my all time fave designers, Suzanne Kasler’s debut of a French inspired pink she developed in collaboration with the uberstylish handmade super ranges by La Cornue. Black is back and popping up across many Kitchen and Bath channels. A sleek Matte Black was seen in appliances, hardware and plumbing fixtures to name a few. One of our treasured trade partners, Bosch|Thermador|Gaggeneau had a show stopping destination retreat featuring multiple chefs cooking delicious food among drool-worthy vignettes. In our new design showroom Bosch’s Benchmark series set in a linear cooking display will be front and center – a 2015 trend that is definitely here to stay. It’s clean, efficient and sleek, to say the least, blending art and architecture harmoniously together. Also seen featured was the color BLUE used in custom cabinets, sinks, kitchen cabinet accents and the newly popular back painted glass tiles and doors. We really dug the sleek blue panels that Bosch featured on their dual refrigerator and wine chiller display.Who doesn’t love jewelry for the kitchen? We bee-lined over to Top Knobs and Atlas to catch all their new introductions and two of my favorites were Atlas’s Steampunk collection in vintage brass and Top Knobs Barrington series featuring a new take on linear pulls. Cabinet Hardware has certainly evolved from the days of my youth where only a few basic styles were available.
According to NKBA’s 2016 Kitchen Trend Reports, some of the top features you should expect to see more of are:
- Transitional kitchens carry the bulk of the designs, but Contemporary styling will be an emerging Except to see more floating shelves and open cabinets as well.
- Gray/White/Off-White will most likely be the top cabinet colors and finishes. Pops of color and the use of multiple colors and stains in the same kitchen create eye candy and follow the trends of today’s interior design aesthetics.
- Kitchen accessories are becoming more elaborate and more in demand. Rev-A-Shelf, the organizers dream line and others showcased new introductions including multiple layered drawers, blind corner grab and pull shelving with laminate bottoms for easy cleaning.
- Wood flooring will still dominate as the flooring of choice, however LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile) planks are looking and feeling like real hardwoods with none of the upkeep.
- Granite, Quartz and the emerging porcelain antibacterial counter tops are leading the pack but expect to see more wood and mixed material as well in 2016
- Multiple appliances in the same kitchen is not just for Kosher kitchens anymore. The more the merrier with two of everything – refrigerators, wine chillers and dishwashers to name a few.
- Built in Coffee Stations, Wet Bars and utility sinks are featured in today”s modern kitchens.
- Pocket doors and barn doors will be making more appearances than ever before. JenWeld is debuting a new line especially for this in-demand look.
- We love our pets and they are not being left out. Pet Stations are featuring spring release toe kick drawers for food and water bowls or special end sections of islands with built in hide-a-ways and napping stations.
- Technology is here to stay and designated docking stations or built in charging drawers with USB outlets are on the move.
I can”t wait until next year when KBIS 2017 will travel to our nation”s favorite winter getaway – Orlando, Florida.Coming Soon – 2016 Bath Trends