Every January, the who’s who in the kitchen and bath industry gather together to unveil the latest products and design trends for the coming year. This year’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) did not disappoint. Here are five design trends we are expecting to dominate in the kitchen this year.
Countertops resemble works of art
Industry powerhouses like Cambria and Neolith are offering even more seductive slabs aimed to take your kitchen into the stratosphere. Cambria’s new Queensbury features bold gray veining, while Portrush embraces color, infusing navy and gold veining into the soft white background. Meanwhile, Neolith is taking advantage of the design industry’s obsession with marble by launching Calacatta Luxe, which embodies all the alluring attributes of this sought-after stone.
Color is the new neutral
Industry experts are hoping you will break out of the neutral zone and add a splash of color to your kitchen. Appliance manufacturers, like Forza and True, are embracing color as an alternative to stainless steel. Cabinetry manufacturers like Wellborn are also offering more transitional and contemporary cabinet lines in a rainbow of splashy colors. Whether you’re drawn to pale blue or spicy red, you are sure to find a color that embodies your personality and style.
Hardware and faucet design are more important than ever
Cabinet hardware has moved well beyond simple knobs and pulls. Manufacturers like Jeffrey Alexander are embracing curves and chunky pieces that stand out from the crowd. Even the shape of your faucet is contributing to the design of the kitchen. The elegant curvature of Kohler’s new Graze faucet makes it the perfect fit for either traditional or contemporary design.
Industrial enters the ring
Be prepared to see more of this edgy look this year. Industrial design is all about exposing the natural, raw elements in a space. Think brick or wood paired up with mixed metals and concrete. Shiny steel, such as stainless appliances and chrome plumbing fixtures, like the new Tanz kitchen faucet from Isenberg, bring a hint of coolness to the warm, earthy materials.
Farmhouse is going a little modern
Chip and Joanna Gaines brought farmhouse design to the masses. After dominating for a few years, farmhouse design is switching it up a bit. Farmhouse sinks, like Kohler’s Neoroc, are diverting away from the traditional design and getting a little more daring. Other elements, such as lighting and stone, are embracing a modern look, bringing the beloved design into the new decade.
Article by Christina Kleiner
Article originally appeared in Housetrends Cincinnati – March/April 2020