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Kitchen and Bath Industry Show Sightings

TREND: Bling, Gray Surfaces, and Contemporary Fixtures!

Two weeks ago, a handful of your favorite kitchen and bath editors (including Style Spotters Maria Charbonneaux, Karman Hotchkiss, and Kelly Eagle) attended the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in New Orleans. KBIS is our opportunity to make new connections, catch up with people in the indsutry, and the best time to check out the newest products and trends.

The show started with a bang—literally—when a band lead the opening ceremony into the convention hall, playing “When the Saints Go Marching In” as convention attendees entered. (Our KBIS hosts, the National Kitchen and Bath Association, kept the fun New Orleans theme throughout the convention.)


From there our crew of five fearless editors hit the ground running—scribbling notes, Tweeting, snapping photos on Instagram and collecting lots of information to bring back to BHG. We saw more great products (and met more fantastic people) than we could possibly include in one blog post, but putting our resources together we identified three trends we saw throughout the show.


Yes, it’s exactly what you’re thinking—bright, shiny crystals. We first noticed them in the décor in Brizo’s stunning display,


but soon we were seeing them in products, too. It’s certainly not for everyone, but it’s fun to see how far a bit of glitz can go to enliven a bath.

Atlas ‘Legacy Crystal’ collection

ROHL Jörger ‘Palazzo’ Collection




Gray (it’s still in!)

Just before KBIS we discussed if gray is still popular. We decided yes then, but we were totally secure in that decision when we saw all the great use of gray at the show. Everything from cabinetry finishes to paint and surfaces–like this Grey Moss color from Eco by Cosentino.

Contemporary fixtures

This was the most surprising trend for us. Every booth seemed to celebrate modern design, from the stylish vignettes to the products they debuted. Many of the faucet and fixture manufacturers showed us sleek, clean-lined products with a definite contemporary aesthetic.

Moen’s new Sto faucet

Danze‘s new Logan Square bath fixtures


Simplistic modern style is growing in popularity—thanks, in part, to European design influences, but also the way the clean lines of these fixtures provide fuss-free solutions that work in anyone’s home. We’re excited to see where the trend goes from here!


In our whirlwind 1.5 days in New Orleans, we also managed to soak up a bit of the fun atmosphere, learn about the community, and enjoy some delicious local food.

Beautiful homes and architecture

A few editors at Margaret Gardens


Want to see more from the show? Check out the KBIS Facebook page, where they’re sharing the best of what’s on the web and gearing up for KBIS 2014.



My goal for the next KBIS? Find a tub even smaller than this petite model from Strom!


-Kristina McGuirk
Assistant Editor, Kitchen + Bath Ideas


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5 Responses to “ Kitchen and Bath Industry Show Sightings ”

  1. I love these shows. It is great to take a camera and see what I can do in my house.

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  4. Wow. Great coverage of a fun event. Love the bling!

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