As one of the interior designers for Elias Construction, I recently had the distinct pleasure of attending a three day convention in Orlando to see some of the freshest products and designs offered this year in the kitchen and bath and building industry. To say I came back inspired is an understatement. This KBIS show is huge and packed full of sights to see! I’ll share a few of my discoveries below that made me think about design differently.
The KBIS show is brimming with new ideas and people that are located from all over the world. This international presence provides great insight on what is upcoming and trending in the world of design. Below are a few photos of designer inspired lighting (anyone a fan of Kate Spade?). Or how about door hardware in a marble finish for a change from Emtek?
Color was highlighted throughout the convention and there was a big empahsis on non-traditional appliance colors. Just look at the fun shades offered from Smeg below. This celebration of color was evident as well in tile. Colors that are now trending again are vintage inspired tones such as pinks, teals, soft grays and greens. This resurgence in nostalgic colors harkens back to a simpler time, and the demand to capture that feeling in your interior is very hot right now.
Metal finishes took center stage as well, with the soft introduction of metal countertops for the kitchen. Stainless steel countertops have long been a staple in commercial kitchens but are starting to become an intentional choice for residential kitchens. Their sleek design, durability and ease of cleaning are winning over homeowners. Floating shelves can also be made as metal versus traditional wood such as these pictured from Stoll. Copper finishes were trending in all areas of kitchen and bath design, with a beautiful copper bathtub showcased from CopperSmith that turned everyone’s heads.
Bathroom innovations were found everywhere and there was particular buzz surrounding one booth that offered a different type of shower floor that was non-slip, easy to clean and install, and available in numerous sizes and patterns. Imagine all the possibilities! Jensen, who manufactures medicine cabinets, also had new mirror options that integrates LED lighting. This provides a sleek and bright look to any bathroom space.
This KBIS show is not ONLY about the products, there are numerous opportunities to catch seminars from leading industry experts or check out a speaker or demonstration that shares their distinct experience and knowledge. Leaving Orlando, I was left with a renewed sense of purpose to interject many of the innovations and ideas I experienced during my three days at KBIS. I certainly look forward to seeing them come to fruition in our real projects! -Jessica