The annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is an exciting event that showcases many innovative new products and trends. Part of Design & Construction Week held in Las Vegas in January, the show had a great turnout and was abuzz with designers, architects, decorators, builders and home-design aficionados. A group from Pacific Shore Stones attended the show to bring you a round-up of the latest products and trends from the kitchen and bath industry.
The emergence of wood, often mixed with stone, was evident across the show floor, as part of the wider trend for shabby chic/rustic looks and textures. Consumers seek to connect with nature and use more organic, natural materials inside their homes. In terms of color, gray is still on–trend but in warmer tones.
Italian stone supplier Antolini’s booth was created from Fusion Wow quartzite, a high-end natural stone. The striking booth stood out as a showcase for the beauty of natural stone on the show floor.
Neolith, an ultra-compact surface, was also present at the show to reveal new colors. The Neolith booth displayed innovative options for the surface material, which is 100% flame proof. This fire pit is crafted from Calacatta polished and Basalt Black Neolith.
Contrasting surface colors were also popular in bathroom vignettes, with this shower room from Neolith featuring book-matched Estatuario E05 Polished, with Nero Zimbabwe flooring and walls – check out that heart shape in the book-match on the shower wall! This trend harks back to the enduringly popular black and white, presenting a chic, clean finish.
Bathtubs were on show in various colors and shapes, from metallic finishes such as copper through to wood and concrete. This tub from Native Trails caught our eye. It’s made from natural jute but looks like concrete. This means it’s lighter, more sturdy and also environmentally friendly.
Texture was everywhere at the show, with many natural stones being exhibited with leather texture, hammered or other textured finishes. This textured porcelain tile from Arizona Tile is cleverly designed to look like fabric.
Farmhouse sinks were another popular trend at the show. We love this example of a gorgeous stone statement sink with simple white vanity and patterned tile backsplash to add texture and interest. Finished off with the matching metal faucet and mirror frame, this look embodies many of the hottest trends.
Lastly, this year’s show also presented some impressive new home kitchen appliance options which are normally the realm of the high-end commercial kitchen. Monogram’s pizza oven allow home cooks to bake a gourmet pizza in approximately two minutes. Additional home kitchen items on our wish-list include steam ovens, for fast and healthy cooking, foot-operated touch-free faucets and blast chillers.
The Pacific Shore Stones team enjoyed the opportunity to experience the new trends and learn more. We look forward to sharing this experience with our clients!
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