The 2014 KBIS show was held this week in sunny (although not too warm!) Las Vegas. Attendees from all over the world came to preview the best of the best when it comes to new products in the kitchen and bath industry. Brand leaders in cabinetry, faucets, bath suites, appliances, tile, lighting and so much more showed off exciting and inspirational trends for two of the most important rooms in your home.
I was impressed by how technology is seamless integrated into fixtures and appliances, offering improved operation and function. Dacor’s new wall-mounted oven is equipped with a digital screen that connects to any smart phone or tablet. Luxury faucet brand Brizo offers SmartTouch™ Technology. Touch the faucet anywhere to activate it on or off. If your kid forgets to turn off the bathroom faucet, an automatic shut off system avoids water waste. On the design end of things, forget plain white porcelain bath sinks. Manufacturers have explored a dazzling array of shapes, materials, textures, colors and finishes to make the sink the focal point in the bathroom.
Other interesting trends: There’s a new spin on open living as rooms accommodate changing lifestyles. Combining space saving necessities with comfort, function and style – the living room has moved into the kitchen. Plush sofas and upholstered benches keep company with the kitchen table and island counter top, as seen at the KraftMaid Cabinetry booth.