The annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), where the premier kitchen and bath brands showcase the newest innovations and products, recently ended. Here are some of the trends from the show in bath design.
While universal design is not a new concept, there has been a shift in the industry to pay more attention to products that are accessible to everyone, including the elderly and those with disabilities. Some of the universal design products showcased at KBIS included shower seating, accessible hand showers, drop down cabinets, wall hung vanities, and an emphasis on illuminated cabinetry.
Warm Gray Tones
The clean, crisp and cool gray color palette we once knew is giving way to much warmer and more inviting gray and brown tones. This warmer tone is often paired with white or cream to create a crisp finish. This color palette was seen in everything from tile to textured porcelain, counter tops to cabinetry, paint to fixtures.
The tile work on display at KBIS was largely neutral, featuring the warm gray khakis and creams we mentioned before. But the styles were anything but bland. Designers added drama with tons of textured tile, including intricate patterns and lustrous metallic finishes. This tile could be seen in showers, tubs, backsplashes and full statement walls.
Taking cues from classic design, the latest bath faucets are meant to be noticed. Faucet design took inspiration from just about everywhere. While some pieces were influenced by traditional antique faucets, others were inspired by everyday objects like chess pieces or an architect’s lamp. These pieces were meant to stand out and draw attention.