Gerhard’s Kitchen & Bath Store team is back from Orlando where we saw the latest developments and soon-to-be-available products in kitchen and bath at the annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS). There is a lot to talk about so we’re breaking down our summary into the top most impressive items and with a look at what’s trending in fixtures, faucets and cabinetry.
After three days of walking 37,812 steps via my BellaBeat, here’s my summary for 2017 Trends.
Colors - Black & Blue
Faucets, Appliances, Cabinets, Sinks – its happening. Black stainless steel is on the up-and-up in the kitchen as designers and consumers look for an alternative to the dominating stainless steel. The appliance brands that have jumped on board this year developed warmer blacks that at once look cutting edge yet neutral enough to suit transitional or traditional kitchens.
GOLD, ROSE GOLD and BLACK
Faucets, appliance trim and hardware
You’re going to see even more finish options for faucets and handles in both kitchen and bath. We’ve already seen gold and bronze make a comeback in recent years, but now we are seeing the growing rose-gold and bronze tones as more manufacturers are hopping on this train, and some are going in a direction that’s a little warmer or less shiny. Viking even had a black oven with rose gold trim! In addition to these hues, there’s a rise in gunmetal and matte-black finishes. The black was seen everywhere by every manufacturer.
Must have proper lighting
Not a new trend, but certainly on the rise, LED-integrated mirrors are being offered by most everyone as they allow for a cleaner look in bathrooms. Wall sconces, bath light bars and ceiling fixtures aren’t necessarily going away, but people are beginning to consider how impractical overhead, too-high-up or too-far-on-the-sides light placement is for grooming purposes (due to shadows cast on the face). In case this is new to you….Side lighting is the best for seeing the real you and applying makeup.
Proper Lighting is critical. It’s getting better and better! Special note – if you are remodeling your bathroom and plan to enjoy your bathroom after the age of 50, we strongly recommend putting in a wall mounted lit magnifying mirror at 10x. You won’t regret it.
Wanted: Master BathROOMS Want their Tub Back
Free Standing Tubs
One of several new freestanding bathtubs Kohler showcased at KBIS, Ceric is a minimalist vessel with some subtle lines and details that give it a modern crafts look. Though, we think its silhouette has the potential to become a timeless design, much like the egg tub.
gone are the days ... don't mix electricity & water!
Custom Showers using digital valves. All the big players now offer a digital valve. You can even operate from your phone. Imagine lying in bed on a cold winter morning and using your phone to turn on your shower! As the demand for custom showers grows so does the digital valve. The latest is the Moen U, very intuitive and easier to use then its competitors. Using a digital valve takes up far less shower wall space offering a nice clean clutter free look. In addition, it operates multiple ports and, serves water at your desired temperature.
It's Raining Again!
Rain heads – well now there’s a Real Rain
Possibly Kohler’s best attraction this year, Real Rain is geared toward luxury spa-style baths, providing a sensory experience like no other. One need only observe the running shower to see the difference in water flow compared with other rainshower systems: Real Rain’s 775 concave nozzles slowly start and build the “rainstorm,” perfectly mimicking the different-sized and almost random droplets encountered in nature. For those wanting a downpour, the touch of a button easily switches the shower to a “deluge” function, which releases streams of water from the reservoir with more pressure. It’s pretty cool. One thing to note, if you do install a rain head, do NOT make that your sole showerhead. Rain heads offer an awesome experience but women still want a shower head coming from the wall to get that shampoo out and don’t want water coming straight from the ceiling….we prefer it at an angle!
Not your moma's medicine cabienet!
Storage for the kitchen and the bath. Medicine cabinets, kitchen islands double use as an office and filing cabinet. Wine, Utensils and so much more.
Stainless Steel Steam Combination Oven The must have in all kitchens
A marriage of high-tech with elements of both modern and classic design, this new built-in combination steam oven boasts a more compact width at 24 inches and an elegant stainless steel finish that’s fingerprint-proof. Other features include ergonomic control knobs, a digital LED display, child safety lock and 10 cooking modes including a pizza-cooking function.
Countertops - Quarts and more quartz
So many colors & patterns to chose from. One non quartz favorite – was the dry erase from Markerboard Formica. This durable, high gloss, dry-erase surface cleans up instantly, making it ideal for offices, classrooms, and other work / play environments. Available in countertops and walls. You can draw and it all comes right off. Gone with the chalkboard - in with the whiteboard!
Wall hung toilets
Simply Stated – not just for commercial use. It’s sizzling hot for residential. Easy to clean, looks great, very modern.