This last week I attended the 2019 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and the International Building Show (IBS) in Las Vegas and I cannot tell you guys just how excited I am to share the highlights, new products and trend information that I gathered during what is called “Design and Construction Week.”
KBIS is North America’s largest trade show dedicated to all aspects of kitchen and bath design and the IBS is the builder show put on by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), which features more than 1500 brands/manufacturers. While KBIS and IBS are two different shows, they are both held at the same time and the same place because they are both centered around home design and construction. In other words, this show is MASSIVE and filled the whole Las Vegas convention center! I was beyond overwhelmed by all the design goodness!
These shows are not open to the public but rather industry people like builders, designers, manufacturers, etc.. I was able to attend the show as media/press, which is really so helpful for me and identifying trends to pass on you guys!
Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing more detailed information about my time at KBIS/IBS including trend info and images but for today, I wanted to touch on some of my favorite highlights from the week and key trends that I spotted.
I wanted to start off with tile trends because I was really inspired by what I saw when it came to tile, especially all of the beautiful bold patterns and colors that were displayed. So much of what manufacturers pick to exhibit at the show is based on what consumers are asking for, so it can be such a good gauge of where we are heading in design.
I really loved the gorgeous tile displayed at the Bedrosians booth.
After I toured Bedrosians booth, I went to their website and fell in love with all of their gallery of projects used in homes. Really creative ideas like this cement patterned tile called Damsel used in a vanity/closet!
I also saw a lot of matte black tile and black kitchens, which I love. This matte black tile also from Bedrosians was one of my favorites!
Also this hexagon tile was stunning and would be perfect in a space that needs a pop of bold floor pattern!
In the Elkay booth, I fell in mad love with the Artistic Tile used as a backsplash in this stunning kitchen!
I was in awe of all the gorgeous patterned tiled floors.w
My heart skipped a beat when I saw this marble mosaic floor in the Brizo booth. If you look really closely, you can see that this pattern is a very small mosaic.
The wood and stone tiled large cane patterned floor that I saw in the Daltile booth was everything!! Really beautiful pattern and great for an entryway and even a master bath!
The biggest takeaway that I came away with when it came to tile is bold patterns, cement tile and rich colors are going to be popular with consumers heading into this year.
Colored tile used on a bathroom accent wall was something else I saw a lot of as well. I loved this shower in the Kohler booth.
I was also really surprised at all by all the quartz countertops that I saw. Even the cabinetry manufacturers overwhelming exhibited their cabinetry with quartz countertops vs. marble, granite or stone. The more I think about it though, it makes sense that we are seeing so much quartz because it’s indestructible and (in my opinion) the most practical countertop choice when it comes to beauty and durability.
I am pretty partial to Cambria when it comes to quartz because it’s American made. I also have Cambria quartz in my own home and it’s such an outstanding product.
While I was at the show, I met with the team from Cambria to see the latest patterns and trends. I also learned a lot about about how the slabs are made, which I will be sharing more details with you guys in the next couple of weeks. Right now, I am really loving Cambria Bentley, which has a white background intersected with bold, translucent black and charcoal veins with muted light gray spatters and cross veins dispersed throughout.
I have Cambria Brittanicca throughout my home and I also recommend the pattern frequently to clients. It’s so pretty!
The Cambria team told me that they are really seeing a surge of consumers making furniture like dining tables and accent tables out of their slabs because of the high durability. Isn’t that such a smart idea?! I LOVE this beautiful table made with Cambria Marwell ,which is warm walnut-brown, dark grays, and neutral creams swirl and coalesce into a dense medley of fascinating shapes and tones below.
Again, I will be sharing a lot in the next couple weeks about choosing quartz countertops, what to look for and how to compare quartz companies.
I saw so many amazing floors during the show! I took a ton of pictures of the floors when I walked into a booth with a great floor. I saw everything from solid wood, engineered and bold tiled flooring that I mentioned above.
Herringbone patterns are still popular with consumers, especially made with oak or maple.
Marble patterns mixed with wood are still popular as well.
Marble or marble alternative tiles (usually made with strong porcelain) were also shown quite a bit.
Black marble, stone and even some granite mixed with white was really big at the show in both flooring and countertops.
I learned a lot at the show on the differences/comparison of solid wood and engineered that I’m going to be sharing with you guys in the next couple of weeks. I can tell you that several of the floor manufacturers told me that lighter oak engineered is their biggest seller right now.
As you can imagine, there were ENDLESS gorgeous cabinetry showcased at KBIS and I really was so overwhelmed. While I will be going into much greater detail next week about cabinet trends, I did want to share a few highlights here.
One of the most beautiful cabinetry booths I saw was a company called Lauriermax.
I just melt when I see stunning beautiful highly detailed custom cabinetry like this. Just look at the detail on this custom hood.
I saw a lot of really smart built-in features like the built-in coffee dispenser in the Bosch booth.
I also saw a lot of built-in wine station from Dacor (amazing booth) for those that are big wine drinkers. 😉
Another incredible custom cabinetry company I saw was called Bernier, which has this stunning closet sized combination wine cellar/cabinet.
I can’t wait to share with you guys more of the stunning cabinetry that I saw and share trend information next week!
Hardware and Finishes
Lastly, I just wanted to share some a couple highlights of the hardware and finishes that I saw. One of my favorite hardware companies that I saw at the show was from Sietto. Sietto’s cabinet hardware was off the charts amazing and I was lucky to get to visit at length with the designer, who was at the show.
I saw so much cabinetry hardware at the show that it was all starting to look the same but Sietto really stood out to me as fresh, new and so beautiful!
I loved the door handles at the Emtek booth. Again, I was looking to see fresh and new hardware and these door handles are just that. Really fabulous!
I also loved the sleekness of the Emtek cabinet handles and pulls, especially the gorgeous lucite!
I could go on and on friends as I took more than 2,000 pictures but these were the highlights that I wanted to share right away with you guys. I meet with so many great companies and brands to learn more about products and trends that I cannot wait to share with you over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
So I have to know, what is your favorite that shared here today? I’m also curious what you’re interest in hearing more about from my time at the show? Let me know in the comments below.
If you’re curious about the 2019 paint color trends, you can see those here.
Thanks for stopping by today!
Cindi Clarke says
We are looking to build in the next year. I am really leaning toward stained concrete. Do you have an opinion on this? I haven’t been able to find any advice on proper application or maintainance. TIA
Stained concrete is common in the area of Texas that I live (East). I’m personally not a fan because everyone I know who has it has been frustrated with how quickly the sealant/stain wears in high traffic areas and needs to be re-sealed (like bi-yearly). It’s a dark heavy look and if you’re doing an acid stain, you’re never really in control of the end result. I do think stained concrete works in rustic homes but in traditional homes, it appears really dark and heavy, so light rugs for sure would help. I highly recommend talking with people that have had it awhile. Unfortunately, most of the people I know either regret it and have either come over it with engineered wood (which is a big expense because of baseboard issues) or they plan to add engineered or solid. Sorry that I’m not more excited about it Cindi. Please talk with others about it and make a good decision if you would be ok with the wear issues/heaviness. Thanks for your note.
Rather than acid staining (which is a lot of work), look into concrete dye. It’s much easier and you can even have the dye added to the ready-mix truck before it’s poured! There are many different color options. Curiously enough, one of the ‘new trend’ tiles in the post looks like dark concrete floors with sloppy grouting. Dark floors are also great if you use a solar designed house — where 20-90% of the heat comes passively from the sun. Sun Plans is one source for such designs.
Deb Pennington says
I LOVE everything that you’re sharing. A shout out to Bedrosians. They helped me out by sending me a sample of my new tile floor that was being installed last summer (it was the gray version of the matt black in your post) I couldn’t find it anywhere in my small town. My favorite design elements are tile, hardware and paint. Also love pillows and rugs.
Bedrosians has some amazing tile and I’m so glad to hear they were so helpful! So much good stuff at the show I was beyond overwhelmed! LOL! Thanks for your note Deb! 🙂
I loved the wine station. Google-ing it right now to see where I can buy one!
Wow for sure tile is changing .
After a lot if subway it’s a big change .
How fun they would be to go see all the newest tiles and etc !!!
And fun for us that you share !!
I’d like to ask you a question .
I know you love transitional paint colors .
I wish I knew how to find them .
Is SW snowbound a transitional color ?
Have you ever given a lesson on how to pick transitional paint colors ?
Hi Nancy! I’m sorry I missed your note/questions on this post here. SW Snowbound has a very slight mauve undertone. Very slight! However, in certain lighting, the mauve could jump out, so I would for sure sample it. I don’t work with the color but I do know some people really love it. So just sample to see what it does in your light. I have never done much of a tutorial on how to choose balanced transitional colors and that’s a great idea! I’ll work on a post! Stay tuned! 🙂
What was the biggest new trend of 2019? What styles are going away? I live the white classics and European styles. Not too modern.
Have you posted yet on the hardwoods you learned about? I am currently beginning to build a home and want that lighter look but trying to decide on engineered or solid! would love to hear more on this from your perspective!
I just read this article, jumped to the blog and searched for that post also. I don’t think it was ever written