New styles and colors for cabinets, counters, faucets and tile were featured at Design & Construction Week, held in Las Vegas from Jan. 21 to 23, 2020. Houzz spotted dark counters and cabinets along with the reigning neutrals, an increased emphasis on customization, and a focus on professional-style tools for the home chef.
About 90,000 people attended the International Builders’ Show and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, the two events that together make up the annual Design & Construction Week. More than 2,000 exhibitors showed off their products at the shows. Read on to learn more about the trends we spotted at this gathering for the kitchen and bath industries.
This vignette in Thermador’s IBS booth features Shaker-style doors with thin rails. Design by Michele Youell of Natural Domain Interiors in Henderson, Nevada. Photo from Thermador
1. Transitional Style
While a variety of design styles for kitchens and bathrooms were showcased at KBIS and IBS, transitional was the most prevalent style across products, from cabinets to appliances to fixtures. This makes sense, as it’s the No. 1 style for remodeled kitchens, according to Houzz research, followed by contemporary. For remodeled bathrooms, transitional is also the top style, followed closely by modern, according to Houzz research.
In terms of cabinetry, Shaker style was everywhere across brands, and flat-front was also on display. Both door styles work well with the most popular kitchen and bath styles.
Monogram’s new Statement collection of appliances is designed to appeal to home chefs and works well with transitional style. Photo from Monogram
Appliance makers seem to be adjusting their lines in response to the popularity of transitional style. Monogram introduced two new collections. Its Statement collection (shown here) works well with transitional and traditional styles. The line, which has a professional look, features large knobs on the range.
Monogram’s new Minimalist appliances pair nicely with contemporary kitchen designs. Photo from Monogram
Monogram’s Minimalist collection, seen in this photo, is intended for contemporary and modern spaces. It features sleek lines and contemporary styling, with LCD screens and push-to-open oven doors that lack hardware.
Dacor made a similar shift, realigning its appliance offerings this year to give consumers a choice of three styles: Contemporary, Professional and Transitional. The lines include a range of tech features designed to suit the customers the brand sees as preferring each style: Contemporary has large LCD touch screens for controls and steam or sous vide functions, while the Professional line has fewer screens.
Caesarstone debuted four new dark surfaces at KBIS, including Black Tempal, seen here. Photo from Caesarstone
2. Dark, Dramatic Colors
Continuing a trend from last year’s shows, many brands showcased dark and dramatic colors on cabinets and countertops. Caesarstone launched four new dark surfaces, including Black Tempal (shown in this photo) and Oxidian (see next photo), a blend of dark gray, rust and blue.
Cosentino this year is bringing to market a dark blue (Baltic) and green (Feroe) that it previewed last year at KBIS, as well as other new black surfaces. Cambria introduced a new black surface with gold veining, as well as a dramatic deep charcoal.
Caesarstone’s new Oxidian surface, seen on the cabinetry in this loft-style space, is a blend of dark gray, rust and blue. Photo from Caesarstone
Nobilia’s booth at KBIS showcased the brand’s elegant dark kitchen cabinetry. Photo by Erin Carlyle
3. Black, Blue and Green Cabinets
White cabinets remain the most popular option for homeowners remodeling their kitchens and white is also the top pick for upgraded vanities in remodeled bathrooms, according to Houzz research, and many brands at the shows said white is consistently their top-selling finish. For both rooms, wood tones are the second-most popular pick.
But KBIS and IBS also offer brands the opportunity to display what’s new and emerging, and this year that included cabinets in dark colors (blacks and deep charcoals) as well as looks in green and blue that have been niche trends for some time.
LG’s Booth at KBIS featured cabinets in a softer shade of blue. Photo from LG
A kitchen vignette in the Delta booth at KBIS displayed green cabinetry. Photo by Erin Carlyle
Green cabinets showed up in booths by Kohler and Delta (seen here), and green was on display on other kitchen surfaces (backsplash, accent paneling) at GE. Green walls and backsplashes have been niche trends in our Houzz research in recent years, and we’ve also seen green cabinetry in some kitchen photos uploaded to Houzz.
Cosentino launched several new colors at KBIS, including Dekton Rem, a white with brown and gray veining. Photo from Cosentino
4. Neutral Countertops
Light and neutral colors for countertops remain popular for remodeled kitchens and bathrooms, Houzz research shows, and manufacturers at the shows displayed plenty of whites and neutrals. This photo shows the new Dekton Rem pattern from Cosentino, which has a white backdrop and brown and gray veining with touches of gold. This pattern is part of the company’s new Dekton Portfolio collection and is inspired by white marble.
Cambria’s Portrush engineered quartz is a new offering that incorporates blue in the veining. Photo from Cambria
Cambria debuted 20 new slabs for 2020 — and the company’s 20th anniversary — at KBIS. Eighteen of the new colors are light, including many that are primarily white. Portrush, shown here, has a porcelain base veined in navy, gray and black with gold flakes.
The new Joleena Semi-Pro faucet by Hansgrohe was one of many professional-style kitchen faucets on display at Design & Construction Week. Photo from Hansgrohe
5. Professional-Style Tools for the Home Kitchen
There was a big focus on a professional look in the kitchen. Just about every brand had a pull-down faucet with a visible spring for that industrial look. This photo shows the new Joleena Semi-Pro faucet with a pull-down nozzle.
The same was true for the major appliances: Manufacturers continue to promote products that give home chefs the look and feel of working with commercial-grade appliances, such as cooktops with prominent knobs and powerful burners. Both Gaggenau and Monogram were promoting specialty ovens: Monogram a hearth oven that can be used for pizza, vegetables and whole fish, and Gaggenau its upgraded combi steam oven in a larger size and with an added grill. And LG Electronics introduced a range with an embedded air fryer.
The Components Decorative handles from Kohler offer homeowners the opportunity to customize. Photo by Erin Carlyle
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6. Personalization and Customization
Throughout the shows, manufacturers displayed numerous ways homeowners can personalize and mix and match the finishes in their kitchens and bathrooms to create custom style. This image shows Kohler’s Components Decorative handles, which come in two shapes (block and round) and two concrete color combos (peacock, shown here, and neutral) for the top of the knobs. The handles are scheduled to come to market mid-2020.
The new Miscelo bath faucet from Rohl has five insert options.
Rohl’s newly launched Miscelo line of bathroom faucets is another customizable fixture. The faucets come in three finishes (polished chrome, satin nickel and matte black) with different finishes for the insert. Miscelo means “I mix” or “I blend” in Italian.
The Sinema kitchen faucet from Moen comes with a contrasting alternate handle.
Moen’s new Sinema pull-down kitchen faucet includes two handles, one with a coordinating finish and a second with a contrasting finish and Art Deco-inspired shell motif. The faucet is available in chrome, matte black, polished nickel and stainless. Matte black faucets come with a contrasting brushed gold handle; the metallic faucets come with a contrasting matte black handle.
Elkay’s Crosstown sink with interchangeable apron front offers multiple colors. Photo from Elkay
Elkay introduced a stainless steel farmhouse sink with an interchangeable apron front. The apron can be purchased in any of six shades of stainless steel, as well as in white fireclay.
Mint Creme is the latest color to debut in the Quartz Luxe sink line from Elkay. Photo from Elkay
Manufacturers are also continuing to give homeowners options for customizing by choosing their favorite colors. Elkay is launching a new color for its quartz sink (Mint Creme) in May, marking the 16th color available in the Quartz Luxe collection. And Dacor’s color-match system (not new this year) gives homeowners the option to have an appliance in any color of their choosing.
Dunsmuir Institute Architects commissioned this sink, which was manufactured by Trueform Concrete. Photo by Erin Carlyle
One cool example of customization was this sink made by New Jersey-based Trueform Concrete and commissioned by Dunsmuir Institute Architects in Los Angeles. It was fabricated in the shape of the Southern California canyon where the homeowner resides. Trueform exhibited the sink (not on the market) as an example of the design personalization the brand can offer.
Kohler’s Cairn farmhouse sink in Neoroc comes in two textures. Photo from Kohler
7. Raised Textures
Another notable trend seen at the shows was surfaces with texture, including in sinks and tile. Kohler added a new proprietary material called Neoroc to its Cairn line of farmhouse sinks. In addition to this faceted apron front, the Neoroc farmhouse sink is available in a fluted textured front. Neoroc has a matte finish and is made of quartz particles and epoxy resin and can withstand heat up to 750 degrees Fahrenheit, Kohler says.
The sink will be available in additional matte colors — graphite, gray, white, beige, taupe, brown and plum — later this year.
The Vale tile from Vertical Illusion is new this year.
Vertical Illusion showed its lightweight 3D wall tiles at the show, including the Vale shape seen here, one of five designs debuting in 2020. The material is a rigid polyurethane cast in a heavy-duty steel mold. Once the structure is created, the manufacturer uses a 3D thermafoil process to apply different finishes, creating wood, stone, concrete and other modern looks.
Daltile showcased this textured hex tile (Industrial Metal), which launched in September. Photo from Daltile
This floral stone mosaic is from Daltile’s Lavaliere collection — the Windblown mosaic in Calacatta Gold. Photo from Daltile
Daltile launched this floral mosaic tile last year, but product designer Laura Grilli says textural shapes are on trend this year. “One of the main themes of 2020 is shape, and there is a corresponding increase in the demand for backsplash and wall tile products where the designer can play with different shapes,” she says of Daltile’s offerings. “Also highly in demand right now are wall tiles that include texture.”
The new Nebia by Moen Spa Shower helps save water while still providing an enveloping feel.
8. Tech That Supports Your Lifestyle
Manufacturers have been playing with and promoting smart technology for years, but at the 2020 shows it felt like brands were figuring out how to market products in ways that are actually useful to homeowners, rather than just creating tech for tech’s sake.
For example, companies have invested in research and development to create various shower streams that save water while still providing an immersive, full-coverage experience. Moen partnered with Silicon Valley-based startup Nebia to create a spa-like shower (pictured here) that works by atomizing water — breaking it up into tiny droplets —to create the sensation of more water while actually using about 45% less.
Another fun tech product was Moen’s new Aromatherapy hand shower, which has Keurig-style pods that infuse the stream with essential oils (four different kinds, from calm to energizing).
Another big trend across brands is the integration of technology with partner brands, so that you can use a single app to control a host of devices and set a customized mood in your home. For instance, with the Kohler Konnect app and a suite of connected Kohler bathroom products, you can control lighting, turn on your shower to a preset temperature and start your morning soundtrack. You can also use voice activation with Amazon Alexa or Google Home to control the product.
Kohler debuted an upgraded version of its Moxie Showerhead + Smart Speaker, with a larger, higher-quality speaker by Harman Kardon that you can remove and use outside the shower as well. You can also choose a speaker with an embedded Amazon Alexa.
Image from Bosch
Similar to Kohler, the Home Connect app for Bosch, Gaggenau and Thermador controls branded devices and can integrate with partners. This year the app was redesigned to be more intuitive and easier to use. The Thermador booth at IBS showcased preset, customized moods for the kitchen controlled by the app. For instance, launching a customized “cooking time” routine can start the oven lights, lower the blinds and blast your favorite cooking tunes from a connected speaker.
GE’s Kitchen Hub connects with its own devices as well as partner brands, while Samsung’s SmartThings app integrates with some 1,600 devices and 134 brands.
Houzz editor Mitchell Parker contributed to this report.
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