KBIS (the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) is one of the biggest design shows of the year, showcasing the latest innovations and newest trends for the kitchen and bath industry. 3 whirlwind days in Las Vegas were jam-packed with inspiration. Read on for a rundown of some of my favorite 2023 kitchen and bath trends from KBIS.
Mixing Style Aesthetics
Blending styles is a fantastic way to create a unique look. A few examples of this are: mixing organic pieces with modern silhouettes, elevating the farmhouse look with cleaner lines and adding glam elements, and Japandi, which mixes Scandinavian style with an Japanese twist. I personally love this eclectic trend. A variety of styles inspires me and I love adding an unexpected element to a room. There are endless ways to combine styles based on personal preferences. It transcends the trend to create a personalized, meaningful space that feels timeless.
Certainly, maximalism is a push back against the minimalism we’ve been seeing lately. Mixing styles goes hand in hand with this trend, as we often collect things over time that are dear to us but don’t always “go together.” It’s all about displaying lived in, well traveled collections. Think of it as a playful form of visual storytelling. It can be bold and colorful or soft and neutral. It’s a joyful style that throws out the rules and celebrates us as we are.
Color was everywhere at KBIS! Whether it was cabinets, plumbing fixtures, wallpaper and even appliances, the shift away from the cooler grays and whites that have dominated the past few years was apparent. Warm medium wood tones were featured often paired with painted cabinets. Cafe went all in with 2 samples kitchens in saturated, fashion forward colors. Kohler reached into their archives to release 2 limited edition colors for their plumbing fixtures: Peachblow and Spring Green. Likewise, plenty of other manufacturers followed suit. A rainbow of colors were well represented in hues that ranged from subdued and earthy to rich and vibrant, including the Color of the Year.
Our homes are our sanctuaries and now more than ever homeowners are craving spaces that feel regenerative. Muted colors paired with natural wood tones create calming spaces. Coffee stations or morning bars offer a hotel-like experience and hydroponic kitchen gardens bring the outside in year-round. In addition, touchless faucets and slab backsplashes or large tiles with less grout means cleaners surfaces and less bacteria transfer. Meanwhile, in the bathroom, features like rain can showerheads with multi jet sprays, steam showers, large soaking tubs and fixtures with aromatherapy are a luxurious way to unwind. Additionally, walk in and curbless showers are very popular with multi-generational living and aging in place on the rise.
Quartz remains the most popular countertop material because it’s low maintenance, stain resistant, and sanitary. Cambria introduced Berkshire, which features brass or steel veining that will patina naturally over time. Leathered textures, like the full length quartz vent hood shown in the video, and matte finishes are also gaining popularity. Rounded forms are here to stay. Did you know that curved shapes are easier for our brains to recognize? Handmade tiles, concrete, and natural stone countertops add organic texture and movement that begs to be touched.
Technology and Sustainability:
The future of our environment is a concern for many of us. 64% of homeowners consider sustainability when planning updates. Accordingly, popular choices include LED bulbs, tankless water heaters, low and zero VOC paints, renewable building materials, and the addition of designated recycling and composting centers. Likewise, manufacturing practices are a bigger concern as well, from how raw materials are sourced, how each company handles it’s waste, to how a product can be disposed of or recycled at the end of it’s life.
Homeowners are excited about new technology, especially in the kitchen with advances in appliances like induction tops, steam ovens and integrated air fryers. In addition, cabinets outfitted with charging stations and LED lights allow greater functionality. Touchless faucets, app controlled appliances, and voice controlled systems are being requested on projects. Whole home systems can be integrated, allowing you to control everything from your security system to the water temperature from a single app.
Top 2023 Kitchen and Bath Trends:
Homeowners are spending $66K on average to remodel a mid-sized kitchen. The most requested features include open kitchens with large islands, hidden and functional storage solutions, pantries, sanitary surfaces and touchless fixtures, workstation sinks, appliance garages, charging stations, smart appliances, layered lighting, waterfall edge countertops, and decorative vent hoods.
The average cost to remodel bathrooms is around $38K for a primary bath, $24K for a secondary bath, and $15K for a powder room. Popular features include walk in showers in lieu of tubs, connected closets or dressing areas, heated floors, water saving fixtures, bidet seats, added windows, spa-like showering, built in benches and niches, floating vanities, outlets integrated into cabinetry, undermount sinks, freestanding and soaker tubs.