KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry Conference | 5 Sessions to Watch

KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry Conference | 5 Sessions to Watch

KBIS 2019 is coming to Las Vegas from February 19-21, 2019 – in other words, it’s time to start getting prepared for the biggest North American kitchen and bath industry trade show of the year!

In terms of information, nothing tops the Voices from the Industry Conference, which emanates from the KBIS convention on an annual basis. The KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry conference will feature 80+ world-class speakers and topics including business growth, design, management, customer service, and kitchen/bath specialty training.

KBIS 2019 will be held February 19-21, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
KBIS 2019 will be held February 19-21, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

From the KBIS 2019 website:

Also new for 2019, NKBA is proud to present four Professional Development courses as part of its Voices from the Industry Conference at KBIS 2019. The seminars are two hours each and offer 0.2 CEU credits and 2 Education Hours toward earning or maintaining AKBD, CKBD or CMKBD certification. The price for a one-day VFTI pass (up to four sessions) is $250 for NKBA members and $325 for non-members for advance registration; prices increase for onsite purchase of a one-day pass. Multi-day passes are also available.

With over 80 speakers representing virtually every facet of the kitchen and bath industry, KBIS 2019 attendees can’t possibly check out every presentation in the 2019 Voices from the Industry conference. So which presentations should you choose?

You should tailor your KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry schedule to your own needs, experiences and plans for the 2019 design year. But there are a few sessions that we at “Design Your Lifestyle” found particularly interesting – either in terms of the topic, the speaker, or a mixture of both.

From the can’t-miss to the intriguing, here are the 5 sessions we’ll be watching at the KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry conference.

Personalized luxury is a key theme of the KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry Conference. [photo: Peter Salerno Inc.]
Personalized luxury is a key theme of the KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry Conference. [photo: Peter Salerno Inc.]

KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry Conference: 5 Sessions to Watch

1. Color and the Senses: Exploring Synesthesia + Current Color Trends

  • Who? Kathryn Grube – Owner, Functional Color Solutions, LLC
  • Where? Room N230
  • When? Tuesday, February 19, 2019; 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Synesthesia is the production of a sense impression relating to one sense or part of the body by stimulation of another sense or part of the body. In this context, it’s the experience of sensing color in ways other than sight. People who experience synesthesia may “smell lemons” when seeing the color yellow or hear a certain tone when seeing the color pink. Kathryn Grube will explore this phenomenon, and how it interacts with 2019’s color design trends.

Kathryn will also dive into the 2019 color palette, including Pantone’s seasonal 2019 color selections.

2. Applying Sustainability and Biophilia to Residential Design: What and Why?

  • Who? Jeannifer Ellington – Cabinetry Designer, H2 Builders
  • Where? Room N225
  • When? Tuesday, February 19, 2019; 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Biophilia is the assertion that “humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life” (Wikipedia). With the trend towards sustainable materials, natural color palettes and the ‘greening’ of residential spaces, Jeannifer Ellington looks for practical applications of sustainable finishes, designs, and materials in the home.

Jeannifer will also discuss WELL Building Standards, and ways to enhance your living space to promote well-being and health.

3. Designer Health: Meeting the Demands of Luxury and Lifestyle

  • Who? Lauren Levant – Principal, Lauren Levant Interior
  • Where? Room N227
  • When? Wednesday, February 20, 2019; 9:00 am – 10:00 am

From the KBIS 2019 description:

Health is the ultimate luxury. The discerning client of the present and the future is redefining the luxury lifestyle. No longer about mere beauty, the most successful and sought after projects are now designed with health and wellbeing at the center. Premium materials with healthy finishes, responsibly sourced are becoming in greater demand, and clients are willing to pay a premium for them. Like their organic, non-GMO groceries, the homes of today’s luxury clientele need to take care of them from the inside out.

4. Modern Luxury: More Than Just a High Price Tag

  • Who? Christopher Grubb – President/Founder, Arch-Interiors Design Group
  • Where? Room N226
  • When? Wednesday, February 20, 2019; 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Keeping with our Wednesday theme of “the new definition of luxury”, Christopher Grubb’s presentation on modern luxury appears to be a highlight of the Voices from the Industry schedule. Christopher brings 25+ years of experience with luxury clients to this session, discussing how the term “luxury” has gone from a financial definition to an emotional one. Attendees to this seminar will learn which elements of a design project speak to this new definition of luxury, including which materials, finishes, fixtures, and other architectural and decorative details help to create a personalized sense of luxury, even for today’s most budget conscious homeowners, architects, and builders.

5. Home Hot Spots–How to Convert Emotions Into Sales

  • Who? David Brown – Partner, Hoffman York, Inc.
  • Where? Room N224
  • When? Thursday, February 21, 2019; 10:30 am – 11:30 am

From the KBIS 2019 description:

This presentation reveals the findings of an extensive $100,000 research study of over 900 consumers who were interested in either major remodeling or purchasing a home. The research identified how dealers, architects, designers, builders and remodelers and dealers can increase the salability of their projects, and elevate their reputations. The research is comprised of a number of firsts: –1st comprehensive examination of the emotional connections made with various areas of the home. –1st use of advanced research to identify how a room’s overlap between relaxation, socialization and functionality shapes attitudes. –1st in-depth understanding of how space design and corresponding amenities can increase home appeal. Better yet, the research is accompanied by turn-key design concepts developed by Visbeen architects, winners of over 40 Best In American Living Awards.

Pantone 2019 Color of the Year | Living Coral Makes a Splash

Pantone 2019 Color of the Year | Living Coral Makes a Splash

The Pantone 2019 Color of the Year is here, and Living Coral wastes no time making an impression.

Living Coral (Pantone 16-1546) is warm, vibrant, and alive. This reddish-orange tone reminds us (of course) of ocean coral, but also of the brightest peach in a farmer’s market. Rich, crisp and forward, Living Coral is an energetic boost to the 2019 color palette – and we love that.

The trend back towards inviting, bright colors in the Pantone Color of the Year gallery began in 2017, with Greenery making a nod towards natural beauty and brightness. 2018’s Ultra Violet sparkled with electricity and life. The nod towards Living Coral in 2019 suggests a marriage of the last two years’ schools of thought; a color that is at once of the natural world but surges with bright, unapologetic energy.

Meet Living Coral, the Pantone 2019 Color of the Year.
Meet Living Coral, the Pantone 2019 Color of the Year.

From the Pantone website’s release on Living Coral’s selection as 2019 Color of the Year:

In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression.

Representing the fusion of modern life, PANTONE Living Coral is a nurturing color that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media.

Living Coral, Pantone's 2019 Color of the Year, has drawn positive reactions.
Living Coral, Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year, has drawn positive reactions.

The response to Living Coral has been immediate and positive. Elle Decor describes Living Coral as “a warm, peachy orange with a life-affirming golden undertone; [t]he color evokes vitality and buoyancy…”. In an interview with the Associated Press, Pantone VP Laurie Pressman describes Living Coral as “a big hug”. And who doesn’t love a big hug?

Our response? Appreciative, optimistic, but also intrigued. Living Coral is not a color for the shrinking, demure or traditional. In terms of home design and 2019 home design trends and ideas, how will Living Coral blend with the push for neutral and white-based kitchens and baths? Will designers blend Living Coral with white and off-white neutrals? Will we see a maximalist color trend towards Living Color blending with teals, rich blues and other ocean-inspired tones?

Living Color: Pantone 2019 Color of the Year Specs, Codes and Information

Living Coral’s Pantone designation is Pantone 16-1546. Its Hex/HTML reference # is FF6F61, and it can be found using RGB code 255 11 97.

Information and codes for Living Coral, the Pantone 2019 Color of the Year.
Information and codes for Living Coral, the Pantone 2019 Color of the Year.

What’s your reaction to Living Coral, the Pantone 2019 Color of the Year? How will you interact with it? How will it play into your 2019 design plans, strategies and creative muses? Let us know and leave a comment below!

KBIS 2019 Is Coming February 19-21, 2019 | Your Early VIP Preview

KBIS 2019 Is Coming February 19-21, 2019 | Your Early VIP Preview

The Kitchen + Bath Industry Showcase (KBIS) is North America’s largest trade show, and the premier annual event dedicated to kitchen and bath design professionals, vendors, trends and exhibitions. KBIS 2019 will be no exception – with 31,000 scheduled attendees, 600 exhibitors, a press corps 400+ strong, and a social reach of over 80,000 (thus far!), the 2019 edition of KBIS will be larger and more awe-inspiring than ever.

KBIS 2019 will be held February 19-21, 2019, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. With FOUR Exhibitor Halls (one more than 2018), expanded hours (9:00 to 5:00 pm, plus extended 8:00 am hours for the Bronze Hall/KBIS Salon), and the largest scheduled attendance in Showcase history, the 2019 edition of the Kitchen + Bath Industry Showcase is truly a record-breaking affair.

KBIS 2019 will be held February 19-21, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
KBIS 2019 will be held February 19-21, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

From the official KBIS 2019 website:

KBIS 2019 will offer an expansive show floor with over 600 world-leading manufacturers and suppliers. Exhibitors will be located in North Hall, Central Hall, South Hall and the new Bronze Hall (KBIS Salon) at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

KBIS will once again collocate with the NAHB International Builders’ Show for the sixth annual Design & Construction Week®, showcasing the best in residential design and construction. Your KBIS badge grants you access to both exhibit floors.

KBIS 2019 Keynote

This year’s KBIS Keynote address comes from KBIS favorite Cindy Allen, editor-in-chief of Interior Design and Chief Design Officer of Sandow Media. In a highly-anticipated follow-up to her 2018 “Pop Goes the Future” address, Allen will offer her expert insight into what the future holds for 2019 in the kitchen and bath design industry. It’s not to be missed!

Transitional kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)
Transitional kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

KBIS 2019 State of the Association/State of the Industry

We’re also excited for the 2019 State of the Association address and State of the Industry panel, which are perennial highlights of the KBIS schedule.  The State of the Association will be delivered by Bill Darcy, CEO of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (the NKBA, KBIS’ parent company). The State of the Industry panel will be moderated by Melissa Francis (Fox Business/Fox News), and features quite the impressive lineup of panelists. The 2019 panel includes:

  • Mark Stoever, CEO, 2020 Technologies
  • Nick Fink, President, Global Plumbing Group at Fortune Brands
  • Kevin Murphy, CEO, Ferguson Enterprises
  • Dr. Markus Miele, Executive Director and Co-Proprietor, Miele Group

KBIS 2019 Entertainment

KBIS 2019 is more than just world-class kitchen and bath design industry exhibitions, panels and information. Entertainment at the annual event is always top-notch, and 2019 is no exception. The festivities begin at 8:00 am on February 19th with comedian Dana Carvey. The Bash, KBIS’ nightlife celebration, emanates from Encore: XS Nightclub on Night 2 of KBIS 2019. The 2019 edition of KBIS rounds out at 5:00 pm on February 21st with a live performance from the Goo Goo Dolls at Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino’s Paradise Event Center. (Please note: These entertainment functions are ticketed events.)

For full details and information on registration, exhibition, floor plans, and a complete KBIS schedule, please visit the KBIS 2019 website!

6 White Tones To Make Your Winter Kitchen Design Sparkle

6 White Tones To Make Your Winter Kitchen Design Sparkle

If you’re an avid reader of Design Your Lifestyle (thank you!), it’s no surprise that we’re crazy about white kitchens. Over the last few design seasons, the idea of using neutrals as the core colors in kitchen design schemes has become increasingly popular. From white cabinetry to white tile, white furniture to fresh white walls and backsplash designs, heavy doses of white have made kitchen design feel fresh, clean and reinvigorated. (Take the gorgeous kitchen design from Peter Salerno Inc. below as a prime example!)

The premise of a white kitchen design is simple: make the prevailing design as clean and simple as possible, and your decoration and accessory options are boundless. Whether you keep everything fresh and streamlined, or adorn the space with bold, colorful decor, having a white kitchen design scheme as your base leaves your options wide open.

Peter Salerno Inc. new white kitchen design - stunning and trendy.
Peter Salerno Inc. new white kitchen design – stunning and trendy.

If a white kitchen design is in your plans for this season, picking the proper white tone for your space is important. As Pantone expands its vast palette of colors, the variations and undertones of white colors has reached immense proportions. Do you want a classic white? White with a tan note? White with a hint of pastel, or a touch of brilliant blue?

Whatever your preference, we’ve selected six Pantone white tones that work brilliantly in your kitchen design. From the reddish off-white of eggnog to the bluish hue of Brilliant White (and a little of everything else), these six Pantone white colors are varied, intriguing and adaptable to your kitchen design.

Which do you like best? We’d love to hear from you!

6 Pantone White Tones For Your Kitchen Design

Snow White: Pantone 11-0602 TCX

Snow White Pantone 11-0602

Eggnog: Pantone 12-0601 TCX

Eggnog Pantone 12-0601

White Alyssum: Pantone 11-1001 TCX

White Alyssum: Pantone 11-1001 TCX

Star White: Pantone 11-4202 TCX

Star White: Pantone 11-4202 TCX

Brilliant White: Pantone 11-4001 TCX

Brilliant White: Pantone 11-4001 TCX

Marshmallow: Pantone 11-4300 TCX

Marshmallow: Pantone 11-4300 TCX

All White Design: A Winter Bath Design Ideabook

All White Design: A Winter Bath Design Ideabook

All year, the Design Your Lifestyle team has trumpeted the arrival of “statement neutrals” – using neutral tones as primary color elements in your home, kitchen and bath design. With the winter season right around the corner, we turn your attention to the most basic (and wintery) of neutrals – white!

The freshness of pure white and off-white neutrals cannot be ignored. A crisp white finish to your home bath design provides an immediate “pop” of class and distinction, and will never go out of style. Combine these white design features with a well-designed amount of ambient light, and you have a brilliant finish to the statement bath design of your dreams!

The team at Peter Salerno Inc. understands and masterfully utilizes the strength of white in bath design. From traditional to transitional, Peter Salerno and his design team bring the beauty of white to life in their award-winning bath designs. (And when you’ve won more national design awards than any firm in North America since 2002, you’re an expert to trust!)

An all-white Peter Salerno Inc. bath design with cherry island. (Photo: Peter Rymwid)
An all-white Peter Salerno Inc. bath design with cherry island. (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

The Peter Salerno Inc. bath designs featured in this article are prime examples of how to properly utilize white as a “statement neutral” in your bath design. Of course, going “full white” as a color design scheme is generally doomed to fail.

So how does an expert designer like Peter Salerno, CMKBD, utilize such large amounts of white in his award-winning bath designs while still maintaining that “WOW” factor his clients desire? Here are a few tips from a master designer and his team.

Peter Salerno Inc. award winning transitional bath design, 2015. [Photo: Peter Rymwid]
An award-winning white transitional bath design from Peter Salerno Inc.
Even the brightest of bath designs needs contrast. In the Peter Salerno Inc. bath designs featured in this piece, notice the utilization of rich wood grains in the feature cabinetry and islands. We love the gorgeous center cherry wood island in the top bath design, as well as the dark wood grains of the custom cabinetry and tables below. The depth and texture of these darker wood elements only serves to make the delicate whiteness of the tile, paint, claw foot tubs and counters that much brighter.

Peter Salerno Inc. award winning transitional bath design, 2015. [Photo: Peter Rymwid]
A white transitional bath design from Stratta and Peter Salerno Inc. (Photo: Peter Rymwid)
Keep in mind that all the white paint, tile and counter spaces you implement will be augmented by proper use of ambient light. There is always room for statement lighting, but nothing beats the mixture of crisp sunshine off white design elements to make a neutral white tone seem earthy and welcoming.

Like the designs you see here? Want more expert advice from the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design firm in North America since 2002? Fill out the contact form below!

Winter 2018 Color Design Trend | Black, Gold + Off-White Dazzle

Winter 2018 Color Design Trend | Black, Gold + Off-White Dazzle

The combination of black, gold, and off-white is a stunner, and it’s all the rage this Winter 2018-19 design season.

And why not? The timeless sturdiness of black, the dazzling punch of gold, and the trendy neutral off-white are the perfect blend of transitional and timeless. Used to proper effect, this color combination can make its way from a seasonal trend to a lasting color design scheme in your home.

The luxurious, crisp combination of these 3 colors is often associated with New Year’s celebrations – so why not apply them to your entire winter color design scheme by extension?

The wonderful thing about the combination of black, gold and off-white tones is how relative they are with the trend towards neutral and white tones in kitchen and bath design. With bases in black, taupe/beige (gold tones) and off-white, this color palette covers virtually all your neutral tone bases, while still creating plenty of visual interest.

We’ve selected two sample Pantone color palettes for this Winter 2018-19 color design trend, then broken down the six Pantone colors separately with their Pantone reference codes for easy identification.

Which palette do you prefer? Do you prefer classy and demure, or bold and glossy?

Winter 2018-19 Color Design Trend | Sample Pantone Palettes

1. Blackened Pearl, Bright Gold and Snow White

Pantone Winter 2018-19 Color Palette: Blackened Pearl, Bright Gold, Snow White
Pantone Winter 2018-19 Color Palette: Blackened Pearl, Bright Gold, Snow White

2. Black Onyx, Artisan’s Gold and Eggnog

Pantone Winter 2018-19 Color Palette: Black Onyx, Artisan's Gold, Eggnog
Pantone Winter 2018-19 Color Palette: Black Onyx, Artisan’s Gold, Eggnog

Winter 2018-19 Color Design Trend | Black Tones

Blackened Pearl (Pantone 19-3917)

Blackened Pearl Pantone 19-3917

Black Onyx (Pantone 19-4003)

Black Onyx Pantone 19-4003

Winter 2018-19 Color Design Trend | Gold Tones

Bright Gold (Pantone 16-0947)

Bright Gold Pantone 16-0947

Artisan’s Gold (Pantone 15-1049)

Artisan's Gold Pantone 15-1049

Winter 2018-19 Color Design Trend | Off-White Tones

Snow White (Pantone 11-0602)

Snow White Pantone 11-0602

Eggnog (Pantone 12-0601)

Eggnog Pantone 12-0601

Christmas 2018 Decor: Six Beautiful Shades of PANTONE Red

The Perfect Shades of Red For Christmas 2018 Decor

Christmas 2018 is right around the corner! One of the most beautiful times of the year for decor and design, the holiday season is full of festive, inviting colors – not the least of which is red!

The warmth and beauty of red makes it a wonderful choice one of the “official-unofficial” colors of Christmas (green being the other). From Santa’s suit to poinsettia petals, holiday gift bows to Rudolph’s shiny red nose, the color red is everywhere you turn during the holidays.

Pantone, the world’s foremost color matching system, has put names and coding to every shade of red you could possibly imagine. But which of these red shades are right for your 2018 Christmas decor and designs?

2018’s color design trends taught us that our warm colors need to be bright, cheerful and optimistic. As such, we’ve focused on six perfect shades of Pantone red to add color to your 2018 holiday decorations.

Each of these six red hues embodies one of these core descriptions of 2018 color and style:

  1. A vibrant, lighter shade of red that beckons the eye;
  2. A deeper red based in an earth-toned brown that serves as a more “rustic” shade;
  3. A rich, jewel-tone red that spices up your surroundings.

No matter your taste, here are six fantastic shades of Pantone holiday red (along with their color codes) that are sure to please as core color elements of your 2018 Christmas decor and design!

Christmas Design 2018: Our Six Favorite Pantone Shades of Red

1. Poinsettia (17-1654 TCX)

Poinsettia Pantone color, Christmas 2016 red Pantone colors

2. Poppy Red (17-1664 TCX)

Poppy Red Pantone color, Christmas 2016 red Pantone colors

3. Goji Berry (18-1659 TCX)

Goji Berry Pantone color, Christmas 2016 red Pantone colors

4. Cranberry (17-1545 TCX)

Cranberry Pantone color, Thanksgiving party Pantone colors

5. Red Ochre (18-1442 TCX)

Red Ochre Pantone color, Christmas 2016 red Pantone colors

6. Crimson (19-1762 TCX)

Crimson Pantone color, Christmas 2016 red Pantone colors