Above: Caesarstone’s newest neutral: Raw Concrete
What kitchen and bath trends can you expect to see in the coming year? The product extravaganza that is the combined national Kitchen & Bath Industry Show and the International Builders’ Show, held annually in Las Vegas, offers indicators to those—like me—willing to spend days trekking though the hundreds of displays. My takeaways:
Neutrals and more solid patterns are the rage; designs seem to be moving away from stone. Using more than one color in a space also is trending. Caesarstone, for example, introduced Fresh Concrete and Raw Concrete, both neutrals easy to use with other colors, while Wilsonart introduced its new quartz product in 27 patterns and colorways.
If you think of Formica as boring, check out the new colors and patterns in its Jonathan Adler Laminate and Premium FX collections. Laminate is a wonderful solution for vertical surfaces. More durable than wallpaper, it’s a great option for backsplashes or walls in mudrooms and laundry rooms.
Glam is back! And nothing adds pizazz like Ann Sacks creations. Silver- and gold-leaf finishes on etched stone tile lend shine to backsplashes and more.
Lighter, rustic custom finishes, combined with painted cabinetry, are popular. They not only help designers and homeowners create unique spaces but also are perfect in transitional or modern homes. Local company Plato Woodwork introduced Cerused Impression, a textured finish that brings out the grain of the wood. Another line, Wellborn Cabinet Inc., will color match any Sherwin-Williams, Benjamin Moore, or Valspar paint to your cabinetry order.
Brushed brass in a light golden hue is out front right now. Along with color! Emtek introduced interior door handles in six different colors (white, green, red, blue, light gray, and dark gray)—perfect for the mod home that blends Mondrian with Mid-century.
Continuing to take over your kitchen: Smart appliances that can be controlled with your iPhone, iPad, or Android. And for culinary enthusiasts who put a lot of miles on their appliances: commercial electronics that look industrial and function with the highest quality.
Barbara Schmidt is an interior designer and principal of StudioBStyle.
By Barbara Schmidt
Photo courtesy of Caesarstone