I attended the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas last month, and spent the day looking for fresh and fun finds to share with you all. Take a look at the design trends that will be shaping your kitchen and baths in the years to come.
Above, Ann Sacks tiles by Kelly Wearstler have all the graphic drama you'd expect from the designer. Just one collaboration with popular designers I spotted at the show.
1. Black & White:
Tile trends are mirroring paint trends as dark, moody rooms move into the mainstream and become more commonplace. Just like black painted walls, black tiled walls are a dramatic backdrop that provide serious drama and make white and other colors really shine. Above, more of Kelly Wearstler's stunning Liaison stone tile installed as a floor in the Ann Sacks booth.
2. Lower Maintenance Look-Alikes:
As technology improves, companies create products that look and feel like completely different materials. Above, Jonathan Adler's collaboration with Formica includes the lime green grasscloth pattern above, which looks textured but with the ease of care that comes with laminate.
Cosentino's Dekton in Trillium is inspired by decay and rusting surfaces and uses recycled materials in its fabrication. Unlike metal, it's super smooth and highly resistant to stains and scratches.
3. Furniture-Grade Cabinetry:
The Jute vanity from Kohler reads as much as a credenza as a bathroom vanity, with sculptural metal legs.
The Balletto vanity by Robern, with storage and integrated lighting, is a sleek little number with furniture-like legs. It's both modern and elegant.
4. Textured White on White:
Textured, instead of traditionally smooth, materials are also now a frequent option and add movement and dimension to surfaces. If you want something different, but are afraid of color, try a white tile with a 3D finish. It's subtle enough to make them easy to clean but they still hold interest and drama. Above, Kohler's Derring Collection has sinks with a slight feel around the bowls.
5. Rough Hewn Wood:
Highly textured wood cabinets in kitchens are a delicious contrast to sleek countertop materials like marble and stainless steel. It's warm meets cold, and roughness combined with luxury. These tactile kitchens feel raw instead of overly processed, and keep us grounded in simple pleasures like cooking. Above, a wood-clad kitchen island spotted in the Kohler booth.
Above, digitally-printed laminate from Wilson Art that has the warmth and textured look of wood. It's highly affordable and pretty durable.
6. Fantastic Finishes:
It's not just about chrome fixtures and stainless steel appliances. Above, the range of faucets from Kohler now include various brass tones, rose gold, and their newest offering: titanium. It's a slightly darker version of chrome that isn't quite as reflective. Matte black fixtures also popped up occasionally.
Mint was a particular fun color to see, showing up in cast iron ranges (like the Aga above) and in retro-inspired fridges like the Northstar appliances below. You can see the range of enamel colors offered above.