The 2nd episode of our podcast last year was on the 2018 Kitchen and Bath Trends from KBIS (The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) that we attended last year in Orlando, Florida and coincidentally was the 2nd highest downloaded episode since we started this podcast!
Unfortunately we weren’t able to attend KBIS this year (it was in Las Vegas where it snowed for more than 7 hours resulting in delays and flight cancellations).
We enjoy this show so much and were so disappointed that we couldn’t go because it is pure eye candy and we learn so much. So in order to share the latest and greatest with you, we reached out to our designer friends and had them be our eyes for us. We are so lucky that we can count on them.
Crazy story, I also got information from a builder who shared his thoughts.
First up – Rose Dostal – RMD Designs, LLC – Kitchen, Bathroom and Interior Remodeling Architectural Design in Hudson, Ohio.
A. Rose Dostal – RMD Designs, LLC – Kitchen, Bathroom and Interior Remodeling Architectural Design in Hudson, Ohio – http://www.rmddesignsllc.com
b. Unique Storage Solutions
- Interiors of the storage elevated to a finish that is typically shown on the cabinetry.
c. Matte Black
- More dominant this year than in years past
- Bathroom Fixtures
B. Greg & Gina Lynch – Enfort Homes –- boutique spec home builder & developer based in Kirkland, Washington. Check out their beautiful website http://www.enforthomes.com
a. Matte Black still hot
b. Gunmetal – new
c. Acrylic pulls are the next big thing
- Mixed Metals (e.g. black handle, chrome neck)
- Ombre (e.g. transitions from chrome to gold)
- Whites and super-lights are still big
- Greys are getting warmer
- Cabinets – still in but seeing blues and greens mixed with wood tones
- Patterned tile still going strong
- Patchwork neutral mix the most universal
- Large scale hex
- Industrial with mixed metal
- Black, gold and chrome on the same fixture
- Galley kitchen sinks
- Speakers in the shower
- Locks on barn doors
- Add hairpin legs to floating island for big style
- Accent hoods
- Transom windows with interesting grids
C. A rundown from the team and Alexandria at http://www.kitchenandbath.com
a. Favorite Products
- Delta – Voice IQ Technology: hands free voice operated faucet
- Pairs with Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant
- Metered dispensing in ounces, cups, pints, quarts, gallons, liters and milliliters
- Custom commands – you can set a command that can dispense a specific amount. “Hey Alexa, ask Delta to fill the dog bowl”
b. Shieldspray Technology:
- This is a splatter-reducing faucet so you are not left soaking wet after doing the dishes. It is strong enough to still get your baked on crud off you dishes so you can “power through a mess, without making a mess” (their tag line)
c. Sapienstone: The Italian porcelain surface was the talk of the show! Featured in their own booth and in award winning Monogram booth the versatility of this surface was mesmerizing. SapienStone’s porcelain surfaces come in a array of shades including their new natural wood designs that look and feel like the real deal.
d. BlueStar: At this booth you were able to see PANTONE’s color of the year Living Coral featured on their customizable appliances. You can choose from 750 different colors, several textures, knobs, trim and door styles. A prototype designed by our design colleagues Madcap Cottage was of a floral and plaid patterned oven.
e. Biggest Trends:
- Color – added to appliances, tubs, sinks and countertops
- Green – everywhere – Emerald green took center stage
- Hidden appliances
- Smart Technology
a. Smart technology – Thermador offers voice control nearly the entire kitchen from your cooktop to your dishwasher
b. Color and Texture
- Ann Sacks tile – green backsplash
- Thompson Traders – Textured copper and matte black sinks
c. Unique Storage and workspace option to make a kitchen beautiful and functional.
E. What #Design Hounds saw at KBIS
a. Michelle Gage – Michelle Gage Interiors
b. Megan Bachmann – Megan Bachmann Interiors
c. Stephanie Slifer – S Squared Interiors
d. Jennifer Moreau – Moreau Designs
e. Maureen Break Coates – Luxury Transitions