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KBIS 2020 Trend Report

published on
April 22, 2020

Once again, the Simon/Myers team attended the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas, NV. KBIS is North America’s largest trade show dedicated to kitchen and bath design. We spotted some new interior design trends along with a few enduring themes. Take a look, and see what's coming and what's staying.

Trend Overview

TONING IT DOWN

Colors have shifted to a softer, muted, and much lighter palette. Combinations of warm and calming neutrals and natural materials were seen throughout. Often times creating a Zen-like space, bringing a sense of retreat and well-being. Designs were also toned down to lean more toward minimalism than maximalism.

TEXTURES ARE THE NEW NEUTRAL

As color palettes become more subtle, textures turn up the volume and take center stage to deliver visual interest. Neutrals get a breath of fresh air when they are used as artisan textures, tactile surfaces, natural and imperfect materials, and layered in extreme high gloss with porous matte finishes.

EMBRACING THE PAST AND THE IMPERFECT

Not only have classic and timeless styles come back from the past to inspire details and spaces, but so have materials. Aiming to create more sustainable designs, some products were made with production scrap materials while other spaces used a more “lived in” or vintage decor. Using artisan textures and embracing imperfections added a handmade charm to the space.

Toning it Down

Softer, quiet, muted, and lighter color palettes were seen throughout the show. Calming off-whites and warm, light neutrals were seen on multiple surfaces and materials. This simple and subtle color palette was layered with tactile textures and details to bring visual interest. This was often paired with chrome or matte black metal finishes.

Zellige Tiles and Imperfect Charm

Zellige tiles were used adding rich color, distinctive textures, and a handmade and slightly imperfect charm to the space. Other tiles played with dimension and geometry to create a layer of texture.

Zen and Japanese Influences

Spaces used natural materials, keeping them honest and imperfect in a simple, linear design that generated Zen-like moments with a Japanese influence. This was seen in the use of natural materials like cane and wood, soothing neutrals, raw-edged stone, linear wood paneling, textured plaster walls, Shou Sugi Ban technique, and minimalist designs.

Natural Materials

The use of natural materials added texture, but also kept the designs sustainable with environment and health in mind. Some products were made with scrap material, others used natural and sustainable materials like rattan and cane. Other natural materials included brick, woven textiles, stone, and various clays.

Classic meets Contemporary

Some spaces were heavily inspired by timeless styles, while others included traditional details on contemporary pieces. These leaned more toward maximalism, but with a sense of history. Another classic included blue cabinets from the Pantone color of the year, Classic Blue.

 

 

The New Art Deco

One of the classic, timeless styles that is influencing spaces is Art Deco. Bold pops of color, brass and chrome finishes, round geometric forms, and high contrast all continue to make an impact on modern spaces.

 

 

Muted Dark Greens

Low saturated and earthy shades of green were a popular choice for cabinetry. This enhanced the natural look and feel of some spaces while complementing the warm hues of others.

 

 

Black and White

Even though the overall color palette seen this year was softer and more muted, the classic black and white color combination still lives strong. However, this year the contrast of sheens played a role by incorporating a spectrum of extreme gloss and matte finishes.

 

 

The Return of Brown

The use of warm whites continues, and this year takes another step by incorporating brown accents into the space. This is seen in cognac leather, neutral stone, cabinetry color, and natural decor.

 

 

It’s all in the Details

Special attention to details was appreciated in the use of metallic gold inlays in countertops and cabinet reveals, mixed metals on details of hardware and faucets, traditional details on contemporary pieces, and leather with stitching.

 

 

Glossy and Metallic Finishes

The use of high-gloss finishes and metallics were often used to add visual interest. This was seen as a finish for sinks, tubs, wall coverings, cabinetry, and high-gloss stone countertops and backsplashes.

 

At Simon/Myers, we make trend-spotting and awareness a part of our everyday design lives. For even more images and a copy of this report, download the PDF.

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