Kitchen & Bath Trends 2016

Yesterday I attended the International Builder Show (IBS) and National Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) both taking place simultaneously during Design & Construction Week at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and let me tell you it’s HUGE. There are tens of thousands of people in the industry that attend. All the major brands you can think of are set up booths, it’s a once a year opportunity to see all the new design and home improvement products and also meet with the reps that work for these major brands and I was SO excited to be there.

I also attended an influencer presentation on design trends which was insightful (see notes at the bottom). I mingled and photographed what I saw and I was like a kid in a candy store. I’d rather fondle tile and faucets and flooring and cabinets than any other products in the world!

I had a press pass and took a ton of pictures so I could share them with you. First here’s a peek at some emerging trends based on products and displays seen on the floor:

Mineral/gemstone & shimmer finishes

 metallic geometric backsplash

 ann sacks faucets


Relief Sculptural Tile

 raised relief tile gray vanity

 raised relief backsplash



Wood Cabinets with Flat Drawer/Door Fronts

 dark wood veneer cabinets

 maple wood contemporary cabinets

   push latch wood cabinets

Matte black cabinets with brass hardware/faucets

 black cabinets brass faucet

 black cabinets brass hardware


Trends from 2015 that remain strong:

Geometric/Graphic Backsplash Tile

 geometric tile

  geometric pattern tile

 blue hex tile walker zanger


Burnished/matte brass faucets and hardware


 brass and chrome faucets

 brass chrome faucets


Floating Vanities

floating vanity wood base


Marble & Marble Look Finishes

 marble finishes

  calcutta marble look porcelain tile


Industrial Influences

 industrial shelving grey cabinets


Colored glass tile backsplashes

 green glass backsplash


Gray cabinetry (painted & stained)

 gray painted cabinets

 gray lower cabinets wood floating shelves

  gray stain cabinets


Textural classics: natural stone & brick

 stone fireplace surround

 brick backsplash


Wood look tile flooring

 wood look tile

There are some smart designer and brand partnerships happening right now, I’ve always thought it was so wise for interior design and home improvement brands to partner with iconic designers or rising stars to create new and innovative products, so it’s inspiring to see this happening.

Kelly Wearstler for Ann Sacks

 kelly wearstler ann sacks tile

Suzanne Kasler for La Cornue (Couleur Collection)

 suzanne kasler la cornue

Nate Berkus for LG Studio appliances

 nate berkus lg appliances

Jonathan Adler for Formica

albers adler formica

Here are a few random favorites that caught my eye:

This live edge shellacked wood countertop

 live edge wood countertop


La Corneu – the products are so striking in person

   la cornue


And THIS TUB by Perrin & Rowe I want so badly

 perrin and rowe freestanding tub

Now for some stats!

According to the a report by the National Kitchen & Bath Association and the designers presenting at the show, these are the emerging trends in kitchens for 2016:

– Transitional style with clean lines, less ornamentation, and more personalization.

– Two or more cabinet colors or finishes in the same kitchen, often in a light/dark combo. Greys, whites, taupes, and neutrals still dominate.

– Different countertops for islands and the perimeter, varying in both color and material.

– Pullouts, tiltouts, and push latch cabinetry for better functionality and greater storage, or easy access to trash and recycling.

– The look of wood flooring, be it actual wood and wood-look ceramic tile.

– Quartz as a surface (89% percent of NKBA members reported using quartz in
their kitchen projects)

– Built-in coffee stations, wet bars, and wine refrigerators.

– Pocket or barn style sliding doors.

– LED and interior cabinet lighting.

– Pet features, including built-in feeding stations, food storage, and crates.

– Docking and charging stations, flat screen TVs, and mini home offices, tech friendly homes incorporating livable design.

– – –

Here are the trends for bathrooms based on the NKBA report and show presenters:

– Transitional is the most popular style.

– Clients/homeowners are looking for spa like conditions with personalized luxury and a bathroom that is a place for relaxation, comfort, and private indulgence.

–  There are greater requests for aging-in-place amenities: no threshold showers, grab bars, higher vanity heights, and chair-height toilets.

– Neutral colors rule in the bath. White is most popular fixture color, and whites and
grays are most popular overall color schemes.

– There is a growing use of open shelving and floating vanities.

– More built-in storage functionality: more roll-out shelves in bath cabinetry, more
“hidden” electrical outlets for blow dryers, etc.

– Freestanding tubs in master bathrooms are very popular.

– An increasing use of shower amenities such as lights, built-in seats and benches,
and hand shower in addition to the mounted showerhead.

– Polished chrome remains the most popular faucet finish.


It was really fantastic walking the floor with a press pass. It’s a lot to see in one day (which is why they stretch it out over three) but I was excited to be there and see all the latest and greatest.

What do you think of the emerging and continuing trends in kitchen and bath design?


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