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KBIS Trends 2017

KBIS Trends

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!)

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MasterBrand

Winston Churchill quote in the MasterBrand display. Truer words were never spoken!

There were a few trends that I noticed. Let’s start today with the big one:

BLACK AND BRASS

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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 GracelineĀ  line for Rohl feeling like a cross between old Hollywood set design and the golden age of travel. Here’s a closer look:

Rohl Michael Berman Graceline

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.:

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A tray full of Emtek interior door hardware to play with (and I did.)

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The black was prevalent throughout the show from cabinets to ranges to counters:

Wellborn Midtown and Arcadia Cabinets KBIS 2017

Wellborn’s Midtown and Arcadia Cabinets at KBIS 2017

 

La Cornue

Black hood and range at the La Cornue display

Silestone Eternal Marquina

Quartz used as a backsplash with this Silestone Eternal Marquina as backdrop

Tizzoni

Nice to see the Italian contingent coming to KBIS. This is something new for many US consumers, but very familiar to me from the 2013 and 2014 European shows.

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!

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