Last month, I traveled to Orlando, Florida to see what was new in residential construction and design at KBIS. KBIS is short for the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show and is our biggest trade show in North America. Combined this year with the International Building Show (IBS), there were over 2100 displays featured in the Orlando Convention Center shown above. Which, by the way, is over 2,100,000 square feet of space. After 3 days, my feet certainly felt like we’d hit, oh, all of it! But the displays certainly did everything to catch our attention. (Even if I sometimes had no idea where to look first!)
There were a few trends that I noticed. Let’s start today with the big one:
BLACK AND BRASS
This seemed like it was everywhere and it wasn’t just confined to hardware. I particularly liked the industrial concept of the Brizo Litze faucet above, and the soft black on the Emtek door hardware was reminiscent of the patina on old wrought iron hardware. In fact, there felt like a distinct throwback to previous times, with LA designer Michael Berman’s Graceline line for Rohl feeling like a cross between old Hollywood set design and the golden age of travel. Here’s a closer look:
Brass inserts and the brass-colored accents with this navy blue Ronbow vanity cabinet were far more attractive than my bad photography suggests. I really want to use this vanity for an upcoming project.:
A tray full of Emtek interior door hardware to play with (and I did.)
The black was prevalent throughout the show from cabinets to ranges to counters:
What do you think — can you see yourself planning to use black or brass this year?
Next time, I’ll talk about the second trend I saw: color!