New Orleans, LA - The tone of this year's Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), held last week, was festive and upbeat, matching the surroundings of the host city of New Orleans. Visitors to the show were treated to a widely expanded conference program, stunning new products for the kitchen and bath, and an overall positive outlook regarding the future.
Growth in remodeling and new-home building, as well as better economic news, is fueling the development of new products and pushing trends in a variety of interesting directions. Wood was a hot trend on the show floor, with weathered and natural looks showing up in cabinets and vanities and wood grains being reflected in all types of products, even laminates. Modern, contemporary styles significantly outpaced traditional in everything from sinks and faucets to hardware and fixtures. Energy and water efficiency also remained front and center, with lighting, showers and appliances all incorporating the most efficient technology.
Thousands of national and international kitchen and bath dealers, designers, architects, builders, distributors and other industry professionals were there to participate, and are eagerly anticipating next year's Design and Construction Week, scheduled to take place from February 4 through 6, 2014.
Following are just a few of the trend-setting products that were on display this year.