I recently returned from a trip to Las Vegas for the 2015 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). As a newbie to both Design Happens (first post!) and homeownership (first house purchased last year!), I was doubly excited to check out the latest kitchen and bathroom products to hit the market. The sheer amount of beautiful fixtures and finishes on display was rather overwhelming, but a few particularly glitzy and colorful items caught my eye. (What can I say? I’m drawn to shiny things.) If you’re looking for an update with big impact for your kitchen or bath, consider these four striking ideas:
You know those people who have to touch every silky shirt or fluffy blanket while shopping? I’m one of those, which made it hard to tear myself away from the tile work on display at KBIS. While the colors were largely neutral – lots of grays, khakis and creams – the styles were anything but bland with tons of texture, intricate patterns and lustrous metallic finishes. Must. Touch. These looks would add instant drama to any kitchen or bath.
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February is all about love. And what do we love here at Design Happens? Finding out what you, our dear readers, adore. That’s why we decided to ask for your help to choose our top hue again this month. This month’s contenders: Cheery tangerine vs. feminine flamingo.
Option 1: Tangerine
HGTV editor Shannon (a Color of the Month newbie) wowed us with her pitch for bright, cheery tangerine. Her color inspiration? A bright orange La Cornue professional range spotted on her recent visit to the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. (We’re kind of obsessed!) This bright, cheerful hue adds a juicy punch even in small doses, from the inside of a kitchen cabinet to a modern armchair.
Option 2: Flamingo
We were equally smitten with Briana‘s pitch for flamingo pink. A slightly pinker take on coral, this Strawberry Ice-meets-guava shade feel fresh when used in home accessories, on the walls and in large-scale rugs. It’s also delicious…in a cookie or a fresh fruit smoothie.
So, which hue is your favorite?
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Yesterday I got a little futuristic with the 3D printer porcelain dishes, but today’s Delight? It’s pure science fiction. This espresso maker from Scanomat TopBrewer is controlled by an app on your iPhone or iPad.
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Personally, I spend a lot of my morning running back and forth from the bathroom (getting ready for work) to the kitchen (making coffee). Imagine if you could just pull out your phone while putting your makeup on, dial up a macchiato and have it be ready and waiting when you made your way to the kitchen? I think I might be in love.
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All of the editors here on Design Happens have certain events they look forward to all year. For some of us, it’s KBIS or High Point. But for me, it’s hands-down the ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair). Nothing gets me as excited as when I see what some of my favorite modern and contemporary designers have in store for the coming year. Making a big, green splash at this year’s fair is IKEA’s Stockholm collection. Take a look:
Yep, that’s a green velvet sofa and I totally love it. The whole Stockholm collection seems a bit more refined and mature than IKEA collections we’ve seen in the past. It’s less dorm room and more urbane. Even still, a sofa that starts at $899 is pretty first-apartment friendly. What do you think? When this collection debuts in August 2013, will you be in line waiting for it?
If you saw Kayla’s bathroom trends post then you know that we recently spent a few days in the Big Easy for the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show checking out the hottest new products before they hit shelves. Trendspotting at a trade show is always fun but unlike other shows we attend where design is the only focus, kitchens and baths are spaces where form and function are equally important so technology is key. If you’re in the market for a new kitchen, or just thinking about a few upgrades, here are the freshest trends/technologies to make your kitchen really cook!
Wondering what color to paint your cabinets? I polled a few manufacturers and while white cabinets continue to be tops, gray is the shade they’re betting on to break white’s top spot. This kitchen by Wellborn pairs soft gray cabinets with richly stained wood — combining cabinet colors is another kitchen trend that’s holding strong:
Not only is the color of kitchen cabinets changing, but hardware manufacturers like Blum are changing the way cabinet doors and drawers function. These hydraulic, easy-close doors fold up and out of the way with the touch of a button:
The weather isn’t the only thing warming up this month: Our color team meeting got a little heated when we struggled to decide between our top two contenders for May. Votes were split between Lili’s orange-red poppy and Camille’s soothing whisper gray. After all, don’t they look amazing together?
Design by Sarah Richardson
You can (and should!) combine these colors, but we had to chose just one. Read on to find out our decision.
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I’m kind of obsessed with all things 1950s: houses, furniture, dishware (this is my dream collection!) and even motels. Some might prefer shiny new hotels, but to me there’s nothing cooler than a well-kept time capsule along the side of the highway. This atomic-era motel caught photographer Paul Vanzella’s eye, and the amazing combination of pink and aqua caught mine, too. (The pink Cadillac doesn’t hurt.)
A slightly more muted version of this palette takes on a sophisticated tone in this living room created by Portuguese designer Maria Barros (spotted via House of Turquoise.) I especially like the way Barros used bright orange accents to add a little bit of vibrancy to this easy-on-the-eyes room.
1950s Motel :: Aqua + Coral Living Room
What do you think? Would you try this color combo at home?
Get more color palette inspiration from our previous Tuesday Huesday posts.
Last week, the HGTV.com, HGTVRemodels.com and DIYNetwork.com crews headed to New Orleans for The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). Put a bunch of industry nerds around beautiful new kitchen and bath products and, well, we gawk. As someone with contractor-grade bathrooms in a rental, I was swooning over the newest bathroom trends. Just the thought of a rain shower head makes me giddy.
From smart technology to chic new hardware, check out my favorite bath discoveries at this year’s KBIS.
Ann Sacks. Just … Ann Sacks.
Ann Sacks Tile & Stone
The Ann Sacks Scribe Collection featuring the etched herringbone tile backsplash was like walking into my dream bathroom. The backsplash was then paired with a black Italian marble vanity and flooring for a classic, glamorous look that was irresistible in person.
The Ann Sacks Chinois by Robert Kuo Collection feels soft and traditional, but the glazed tiles actually feature lines and patterns inspired by the Song and Tang dynasties.
If you’re seeking crisp lines and geometry, the ASC Modern Collection is for you. Circles, diamonds and squares all encompass these glazed tiles that feel balanced and simple.
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Amy M. guessed faucet first. Although I still expect a design like this would animate itself and shoot a mean laser beam.
As the one in our family who does the dishes (which I’ll take any day over folding shirts), there has been many a post-dinner scrubbing and rinsing where the Kohler Karbon articulating kitchen faucet would have come in very handy with its multiple, moveable joints.
Would you use a faucet like this in your kitchen?
Tell us in the comments below.
Our decorating editor, who spent the week at High Point Market, has been sending me daily field reports. We’ve got some yummy in-depth posts on Market (and KBIS, too!) coming up, but till then I thought I’d share one her letters with you:
The biggest trend I’ve seen so far is the weathered, time-worn, distressed look like the gorgeous stuff at BoBo Intriguing Objects…
Iron-Frame Campaign Chaise
Color, glorious color! From cabinets to appliances, it’s everywhere at KBIS. The Italian designers stand out for their fearless commitment to eye-popping brights, with tangerine cabinets and cobalt, crimson and sunshine-yellow ranges.
If earth tones or vintage colors are more your speed, you’re in luck. Dacor’s sage, graphite and fawn-colored appliances, which get their color from floating glass panels, make you feel like you’re walking through a Zen garden. La Cornue, Heartland and Aga pay homage to the past with nostalgia-inducing colors, offering appliance suites in creamy white and ranges in the blue-green of a classic Thunderbird.
Metals bring their own hues to the game. Copper appears in sinks and tubs, while bronze and brass show up as accents on ranges and dishwashers. And of course, stainless is everywhere, sleek and cool.
The big trend is mixing colors to achieve a custom look. I’ve seen glittering blue-green glass blacksplashes with chocolate cabinets, pewter countertops on cherry islands and an array of interchangeable finials and handles that let you customize your faucets and appliances to get the color combo you want, right when you want it.
Earth tones, vintage colors, mixing colors and customization…watch for them over the next year as the trends go from the “runways” of KBIS to a showroom near you.
While you can see bathroom vanities in every possible shape and size at KBIS, these units by Majestic Gemstone are true one-of-a-kind wonders. They’re made from inlaid semi-precious stones and fossils, cut so thin as to be translucent. Lit from within, the gems cast a soft glow, revealing intricate crystalline patterns. Each one is genuinely unique. If you want to bring a natural look into your bathroom in a modern style, this is the way to do it!
To be honest, kitchens and baths are not exactly the first things that come to mind when planning a trip to Vegas. (In my case, it’s usually, “Where are the penny slots?”) But for three days this week, Las Vegas will become the undisputed Kitchen and Bath Capital of the World. That’s because the National Kitchen and Bath Association is holding its annual Kitchen/Bath Industry Show & Conference here — which means 40,000 industry professionals from all over the world will descend on the Las Vegas Convention Center to see what’s new.
Of course, there will be lots of speeches, roundtable discussions and schmoozing going on, but we’re here for the goodies — there will be over 900 companies here showing off their latest products and design concepts. The manufacturers range from household names like Kohler or American Standard to the more exotic, like Jiu Jiang Caiyi Hardware Product Co Ltd. (There is a large contingent of Chinese companies at the show this year.) So our mission will be to wade into this giant pavilion of brand-new kitchen and bath products and pull out the coolest new items for you to see.
While the show doesn’t actually start until Tuesday, we’ll be getting a sneak preview this afternoon when we take a walking tour of the convention floor as the exhibitors set up their booths. Then, over the rest of the week, Kelley and I will be writing, taking photos and even shooting some video to give you an inside look at all the latest products and design trends that will be hitting the market throughout the year. If you’re planning on making any kitchen or bath purchases or remodels any time soon, then stay tuned!
In the meantime, if there are any particular things you’d like us to investigate at the show, then let us know — we might just see the perfect item you’re looking for.