We would like to welcome our guest blogger, Kris Jarrett, who shares simple tips and ideas for decorating homes with style and timeless design on her blog Driven by Decor. Last month, she joined us in Las Vegas for the 2016 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) as our guest Instagramer, sharing the latest trends in kitchen and bath design she spotted while walking the show floor. We’re excited to have her share some of her favorite new kitchen and bath products from the show along with some of the newest trend-making tile collections from Walker Zanger.— Jared Becker, Walker Zanger Vice President of Design and Marketing.
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Hi everyone! There was inspiration abound at KBIS and I’m excited to share six new kitchen and bath design trends that I spotted at the show. Whether you’re planning a kitchen or bath remodel, or just love to check out the latest and greatest in design, I hope you enjoy seeing the direction that kitchen and bath design is taking in 2016!
Metal accents are being incorporated into kitchen and bath designs in new and exciting ways. A favorite of mine from KBIS is the unique silver metal outline highlighting the drawer fronts of this black cabinetry by La Cornue—the contrast of the two materials is stunning!
And aren’t the metallic accents on these kitchen vent hoods by Vent-A-Hood fabulous?
The same trend is seen in Walker Zanger’s glamorous new additions to the Tilt collection where the Clover Mosaic combines white gloss with gold and silver accents in Tilt’s Ottoman Mosaic:
Bold Appliance Colors
The trend in kitchen appliances is to go bold! From bright red and orange Smeg refrigerators to cobalt blue ranges and mint green microwaves, homeowners are going to be venturing outside of their stainless steel comfort zone in 2016!
Classic Favorites Reinvented with Modern Twists
While kitchen and bath design are trending towards being more modern, classic designs that we’ve loved for years are still going strong after being reinvented with new, modern twists. At KBIS, I fell in love Blanco‘s sexy, modern, granite update to the classic farmhouse sink:
And Walker Zanger’s new sequel to the Studio Moderne collection reinvents this classic line with a decidedly modern flavor. One of my favorites from the new collection is the large, bold, white Highland design in the color Plaster, which was inspired by the architecture of the Hollywood Bowl (located on Highland Avenue) and designed by the fabulous Michael Berman:
I also love the Twill tile in the Angle Hex design from their new Knit collection. It has a classic hexagonal shape, but the addition of both texture and dimension give it a decidedly more modern feel:
The trend toward using tropical prints in living rooms and bedrooms that started in 2015 is now making its way into kitchens and baths. This bold tropical print wallpaper sets the stage for a eye-catching bathroom designed by the folks at Kohler:
Clean Lines & Simple Shapes
Faucets with intricately curved handles, vanities with fancy decorative molding, and other ornate details in kitchens and baths have been replaced with clean lines and simple shapes as seen in this Kohler faucet that was a KBIS favorite:
The same trend toward simple shapes is seen in several of Walker Zanger’s new tile lines, including this KBIS-sneak-peek Pantheon collection designed with concentric circles and squares:
Solutions for Smaller Spaces
The trend towards mega mansions and bigger-is-better has done a 180 with many homeowners downsizing and finding joy in the simplicity of smaller homes. In response, there’s a trend towards innovative space-saving designs in kitchens and baths. One of my favorites from KBIS is this brilliant upper kitchen cabinet design—by eliminating the wood strip down the center that you have with traditional cabinet doors, every inch of your shelving space is now easily accessible:
And for those small spaces where only a pedestal sink will work, this innovative Balletto vanity by Robern has the most genius hidden side storage that maximizes convenience when space is at a minimum:
One of Walker Zanger’s most popular Studio Moderne designs is Fretwork, and for 2016 they’ve reinvented it in a smaller scale design called Rambler that will work beautifully in today’s smaller spaces:
That wraps up my guest post on 2016 kitchen and bath design trends—thanks for having me, Walker Zanger! If you’d like to see more of what’s new in kitchen and bath design, simply hop on over to Driven by Decor where I’m sharing seven more inspiring trends. The trend to incorporate textural elements in unique ways is probably my favorite—I’d love to hear about which one is yours!