Photo taken at IDS in Toronto at AM Studio, an example of beautiful lighting and what is trending for 2016.
Fresh off my fabulous experience with BlogTourKBIS at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS2016) in Las Vegas, I have SO much to share!! What an experience attending this industry show with the amazing Modenus and the entire BlogTourKBIS group. I am still over the moon at being given this incredible experience to see what is being showcased in the kitchen and bath industry for 2016, and to be able to network and learn about some really interesting and innovative products alongside some amazing Designers, Bloggers, Influencers, Suppliers and Sponsors. So a HUGE “Thank You” to Modenus, KBIS2016, TOTO, Blanco, Wilsonart, Karastan, Top Knobs, Thermador, Wood-Mode Fine Cabinetry, and Mr. Steam. Also, a special thanks to the Wynn and Encore Resorts and Jackie Von Tobel for an extraordinary afternoon. It was a pleasure meeting all of you and learning about everything that you have to offer.
Trends for 2016! So exciting! There were several recurring themes that I saw at KBIS2016, so I thought I would talk about my “Top 3 Trends” and show you what we can expect for the coming year….
TREND #1 – BLACK IS BACK…and in a BIG way!
Blanco’s new SILGRANIT granite composite apron fron sink in “Anthracite”. Photo courtesy of Blanco.
“Sotria” Bathroom Collection single lever faucet from Brizo in matte black finish.
New “Serene” Hardware Collection from Top Knobs.
Across the board we are seeing black. New in sinks, such as the very cool Blanco SILGRANIT granite composite sink, which is scratch-proof AND heat resistant! My favourite is the apron front style – while this is usually viewed as a more traditional look, in the “Anthracite” colour (as shown) it looks dramatic and modern and could very easily be installed into a contemporary kitchen.
We are also seeing a gorgeous matte black finish emerging in faucets and shower suites from Brizo, Perrin & Rowe, Blanco and many others for both the kitchen and the bath.
Hardware also is getting into the matte black trend, like these great examples from the new “Serene” Collection from Top Knobs.
Black is also showing up in appliances, cabinetry and lighting in various different kinds of finishes from matte to high gloss lacquer, and from traditional to very modern. More than a trend, it’s here to stay!
TREND #2 – GOOD AS GOLD
Stunning gold hammered finish sink from Thompson Traders. A real showstopper!!
Who knew I could love a range this much? Black and gold beauty by La Cornue showcasing 2 of my Top 3 Trends.
Single lever faucet from “Litze” Bathroom Collection by Brizo in a beautiful soft gold finish. Photo: Brizo
I know that the gold trend has been around for a little while, but now this trend has migrated to all aspects of Interior Design. Now let’s be very clear – this is not the brassy gold from the ’80’s that I just had you all pull out of your homes! This gold is softer, warmer, and not as “in your face”. That ’80’s stuff is still bad, and even if you are renovating and still loving the gold – this is a newer and more modern take. It is glamorous and sophisticated, and even the polished versions of the “new gold” have a beautiful and elegant finish and depth to them. The “new gold” is being shown in hardware, faucets, shower kits, sinks, accessories, furniture, and lighting. I am a huge fan of this trend! #KingMidas
TREND #3 – TEXTURE
Exploring the 3rd dimension is emerging as a very big trend, and we saw that done to perfection with the many tile options at KBIS2016.
Totally cool! “Kaza” Collection in concrete from Walker Zanger. This design is called “Edgy”. Perfect!
More from the fabulous Walker Zanger “Kaza” Collection. Shown is the “Seed” design. Photo: Walker Zanger
Walker Zanger has this trend down to perfection! Not only are they using concrete as an interesting texture, but the 3D and geometric shapes and designs are inspiring and amazing.
“Ogassian” Collection from Ann Sacks. A geometric 3D tile in metallic antique gold. Photo: Ann Sacks
Ann Sacks actually took this trend one step further combining Trend #2 (see above) and Trend #3 – mixing the three dimensional geometric with the beauty of the “new gold”. What a stunner!!
On display at IDS in Toronto from Grohe. Gorgeous texture in this hammered finish sink.
Another way that texture was evident at both KBIS2016 and IDS in Toronto, was in the use of hammered finishes. Done to perfection at KBIS2016 by Thompson Traders in their hammered sinks, vessels and bathtubs (see Trend #2), it was also shown in Toronto by Grohe in their display. This is a beautiful way for clients to achieve interesting texture in an unexpected place. So contemporary, but could easily fit into a more traditional setting, too. I love the artisanal feel to a hammered finish!
“Mercer” Collection from Top Knobs in their “Quilted” design shows beautiful texture on a smaller scale.
If 3D concrete tiles are not your thing, there are other ways to achieve interesting texture in your space. Top Knobs has done a fabulous job at translating this trend into their “Mercer” Collection of hardware. With the “Quilted” design available in a number of finishes and sizes, in both pulls and knobs, they also get in on that beautiful matte black finish (see Trend #1), as well as the gorgeous polished nickel finish.
In the opening photo of this post, I am showcasing the magnificent custom lighting from AM Studio in Toronto, as exhibited at IDS last week. This is showing that the trend towards the “new gold”, and three dimensional design is available and easy to incorporate into our interior spaces in a very beautiful and liveable way. And that many of these trends are not only here to stay, but are already available in the marketplace. KBIS2016 was truly an amazing experience and a feast for the eyes!! So much inspiration, new products, and innovation. It was really hard to narrow down my top 3 Trend Watch Picks, in fact – almost impossible! Stay tuned for more blog posts to see what else I found on BlogTourKBIS….