A peek at the future of kitchen and bath design could be seen recently at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and International Builders’ Show (IBS). There’s something for everyone whether you’re into the rich, moody colours or you prefer classic neutrals such as white, gray, blue or green for your kitchen and bathroom style.
Rich, Moody Colours Emerge
Colour selections for 2019 includes moodier colors than we’ve seen in recent years. Shown on just about every kitchen and bath surface, from countertops and cabinets to sinks and flooring.
Indigo, black plum and lavender-gray finishes for enameled cast-iron sinks and tubs.
A red room showcased new rich aubergine tiles on the floor. On the wall new Crackle tiles in mahogany, a deep red-brown. The vanity mirrored glass tiles in a silver-and-black pattern.
Dark cabinets and countertops were featured throughout the show, with several countertop manufacturers presenting new designs that work with black or navy cabinets.
Still an ongoing trend is white cabinetry — along with a rising one — dark cabinetry, on the lower cabinets and the island base.
Shades of blues and blacks are trending and becoming a bigger part of tile company offerings. These trends appear to be influenced in part by the growing use of these shades in cabinetry.
White, Gray, Blue and Green Have Staying Power
Though dark, moody colours are an emerging trend, white remains by far the most popular colour for upgraded cabinets in kitchen remodels. Wood is the second most popular, followed by gray. At the shows both whites and grays are warming up, with both shifting to warmer hues.
Greens and blues also remain popular for kitchen cabinets and were seen throughout the show, in a range of colours, from soft blue to navy and from soft sage to emerald to moody teal.
As white cabinetry warms up, so are tile offerings. Whites and grays are still popular for tile, but with warmer undertones than before. Grey is still trending but is leaning more toward beige and becoming a prominent staple in neutral palettes. Warmer tones are coming back into the trend palette.
Transitional style blends elements of contemporary and traditional styles, and many exhibitors featured this design style. Shaker cabinetry is a natural fit for transitional-style kitchens and was on display at many cabinet manufacturers’ booths.
Farmhouse Style in the Mainstream
Research shows that while Transitional style is the Number One choice for remodeled kitchens and Contemporary is Number 2, Farmhouse style is almost as popular as Contemporary style. Farmhouse style has also been gaining fans among homeowners who remodel their master bathrooms. Products shown at KBIS, show the expanding influence of this design style.
Colour Gets Personal
A number of bathtub and sink brands showcased an array of colours and finishes for their products so that homeowners can customize to suit their tastes. Giving the ability for homeowners to choose the exterior colour of their freestanding bathtubs and sinks.
Appliance manufacturers also debuted interchangeable custom handles and knobs for their collection of ranges, cook-tops, dishwashers, refrigerators, microwaves and hoods. And available in brushed copper, brushed stainless, brushed bronze and brushed black.