We are attending The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show and The International Builders Show in Orlando this week. We have found new products from almost every vendor but here are a few new plumbing products from our preferred vendor Danze. Black finishes are becoming increasing popular and the first photo is the Mid-Town Lav faucet in the black finish followed by polished nickel finish. Also pictured are two new Kitchen faucet series The Foodie and Selene, then the redesigned Opulence.
Making the Most of Your Kitchen or Bath Investment
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A kitchen or Bath remodel is a big deal – it is a significant financial investment and also requires a lot of time and energy. We work very hard to give our clients a continuous return on their investment and recommend capitalizing on the following trends to build value that will stand the test of time.
- White is it. White kitchens could not be hotter right now. Two thirds of National Kitchen and Bath Association members report that white is their number one choice for cabinets. That’s an increase of 20% from two years ago.
- Stainless steel is everywhere. While you can’t go wrong with Stainless appliances, manufacturers are producing black stainless and white glass like appliance panels.
- Once granite counter tops were considered a luxury, now they are commonplace, and we’re seeing counter tops in a variety of other materials that include quartz, soapstone, concrete and glass.
- There’s a revolution going on in lighting. The price of LED lamps continues to fall, providing a perfect combination of form and function.
- Hands free faucets continue to capture client attention. Imagine how great it could be when you hands have been kneading dough and your faucet automatically turns on without have to dirty the handle?
- Transitional designs continue to dominate. This marriage of traditional and contemporary furniture, finishes, materials and fabrics results in a classic and timeless look.
We go to the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) to keep our fingers on the pulse of what’s happening in our industry and to help assure that we can present to our clients the latest and greatest products and solutions for their kitchen and bath projects. There are more than 600 head-turning exhibits of everything you could possibly imagine for your kitchen or bath. Here’s what we saw trending at this year’s KBIS.
Cleanliness: A number of manufacturers are producing products that help keep your kitchen in pristine condition. Antimicrobial paint by Sherwin Williams, hands-free faucets that help deter the transfer of germs while cooking and cleaning and self-cleaning showerheads prove you can have an immaculate kitchen and bath without compromising style or beauty.
Health and well being: Many appliance manufacturers were showcasing steam ovens that make healthy cooking easy and quick. We saw commercial water filtration systems now designed for the home to provide healthy water for cooking and for drinking and new kitchen faucets with built in filtration systems.
Smart design: Manufacturers are producing products that eliminate clutter and are easier to use. Hafele showcased a dog feed area with a toe-touch opening. Another really cool innovation was Masterbrand’s hidden knife block and storage cabinet. These provide the clean countertop appearance that many of our clients crave. Appliances are becoming smarter too. Dacor offers ranges with a built in Android that allows you to program start times and automatically text family members when meals are ready.
Evolution of tile: Artisan tile stood out with an almost unlimited array of colors and textures, including copper that changes as it ages.
Concrete comes of age: Concrete is being used in new and innovative ways in both raw and unfinished forms as backsplash, countertops, wall tile and even concrete tubs.
Finishes: Matte black and black stainless inspired by matte black car finishes are hot trends. Matte, champagne gold and pewter in a new and modern approach were top faucet finish trends.
We would love to talk to you about other trends from KBIS and how you can take advantage of them for your next project. Stop in or give us a call 630-214-9775
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New Hardware and Finishes
Dacor 36″ Discovery dual fuel range.
Dacor 36″ Discovery dual fuel range.
Dacor’s new Discovery range features soft shut hinges and porcelain coated continuous platform grates that allow graceful movement of large pots and pans form burner to burner. The Discovery IQ seven inch Android powered touch screen allow customers to turn on the range remotely from a smart device. When the dish is done your entire family gets a text advising their meal is ready. This range can be configured is designer colors.
We had the opportunity to view Dacor’s 36″ gas freestanding range and built in refrigerator/freezer. The range is very nice looking and functional all gas range. The Refrigerator/freezer interior contains no plastic, made with all metal and glass. Photos below.
Dacor 36″ range
Dacor 36″ built in refrigerator/freezer
Cosentino Dekton color, Trillium
Started the day with the opening Keynote speaker Jay Leno (nice to see them without the TV sensors) and then stopping by the Silestone and Brizo Booth’s. Photo of Silestone’s new Color “Ink”
Silestone new Color “Ink”