Best of KBIS 2020 | Your Guide To This Year’s KBIS Awards + Trends

Best of KBIS 2020 | Your Guide To This Year’s KBIS Awards + Trends

If you didn’t attend KBIS 2020, you missed out on a tremendous celebration of kitchen and bath design, innovation and technology. But you’ve stumbled upon this article, which means you’re about to get the next best thing!

The NKBA presents KBIS 2020: the Kitchen and Bath Industry Showcase from Las Vegas.

The kitchen and bath design industry is still buzzing from this year’s KBIS in Las Vegas, Nevada. Each year, the NKBA’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Showcase (KBIS) shatters expectations – and attendance records – for the kitchen and bath design industry, raising the bar of ingenuity, inventiveness and innovation to new heights.

KBIS brings together world-class design innovation, an unparalleled floor of exhibitors, tremendous entertainment and seminars with kitchen and bath design experts. 2020 was no exception, as the NKBA brought together a stellar array of designers, ideas and products to guide the kitchen and bath industry into a new decade.

From the Best of KBIS 2020 Awards to the KBISNeXT Stage to the vast exhibitor floor of the convention itself, KBIS 2020 offered more information and innovation than one person could take in alone. So let’s focus on the bullet points: what are the key takeaways from KBIS 2020?

We’ve pulled out a short list of notable award winners and trends from this year’s KBIS event – enjoy!

Key Trends + Awards From KBIS 2020

1. U By Moen Smart Faucet Wins KBIS 2020 Smart Home Technology Award

Innovation is at its finest when it’s just one step ahead of the user, offering smart and usable solutions that make practical sense in daily life. The U by Moen Smart Faucet achieves this balance, staying ahead of the curve while not “outsmarting the consumer”. Easy to use and full of invention, it’s a wonderful choice for the KBIS 2020 Smart Home Technology Award.

From the KBIS 2020 “Best of KBIS” page:

U by Moen Smart Faucet provides convenience, precision and intuitive technology to conquer daily kitchen challenges. It’s the only voice-activated faucet on the commercial market to dispense water amounts as small as one tbsp and as large as 15 gal. at a specific temp. Users can ask Amazon or Google voice assistants to start/stop water flow, activate presets and perform specific tasks like fractional measurements, temp –precise (90°) or generic (hot)– and combined requests (1 cup of 90° water).

2. hansgrohe Rainfinity Wins KBIS 2020 Impact Award

Extravagance. Relaxation. Fine design. Rainfinity by hansgrohe is an absolute marvel of bath design; a shower experience that manages to feel high-end. A massive overhead shower coupled with versatile hand shower, multiple jet types, Rainsoft micro-droplet technology, all presented in a sleek, transitional design?

All of the above, please. Rainfinity is a revolution in luxurious shower design and experience.

3. Kitchen Trend Alert: Black Appliances Gaining Popularity

If you can’t believe that black kitchen appliances are trending, think about the bigger picture. In a kitchen bathed in white – white backsplash tile, white cabinetry, etc. – black appliances immediately stand out as sleek and transitional. Black also pairs well with neutral tones and stone surfaces.

Black stainless steel appliances have been penetrating the market more heavily since the mid 2010s, but 2020 is when a larger percentage of buyers (and designers) will take the plunge.

4. Gold Fixtures in Kitchen and Bath Design

Metal is still in, and we noticed a lot of gold fixtures and features in outstanding kitchen and bath designs at KBIS 2020. From pulls to drawers to range knobs and handles, the opulence of a gold finish on these “flourishes” adds a real sense of luxury to kitchen and bath design in 2020.

Would you try gold metal for your kitchen and bath fixtures?

5. KBIS 2021 Takes Place Feb. 9-11, 2021, in Orlando, Florida.

This is all. See you there!

Cooking in An Award-Winning Design Showroom Kitchen

Cooking in An Award-Winning Design Showroom Kitchen

It’s one thing to have one of the most respected kitchen design showrooms in America. It’s another thing entirely when you can actually cook world-class meals in that showroom!

The team at Peter Salerno Inc. recently celebrated the holiday season with an office party and beautiful Italian meal. The food was prepared by Peter Salerno and his team in their own showroom, using state-of-the-art appliances in their fully functional showpiece La Cornue kitchen.

The kitchen design, which features a La Cornue Grand Palais range and Flamberge rotisserie, exudes elegance from every angle. From the stunning statement island to the recessed tin ceiling adorned with Swarovski crystal, the kitchen is truly the centerpiece of the showroom.

Peter Salerno Inc.’s Wyckoff, New Jersey showroom was named Most Innovative Small Showroom at KBIS 2015 (the world’s largest design convention hosted by the NKBA). In March 2020, Peter Salerno will serve as one of KBIS’ judges for the 2020 Innovative Showroom contest.

A peek inside Peter Salerno Inc.'s 2015 Most Innovative Showroom.
A peek inside Peter Salerno Inc.’s 2015 Most Innovative Showroom.

The Peter Salerno Inc. holiday party menu included imported Italian pasta and a choice of two homemade sauces, each prepared by Peter Salerno himself. Add in Peter’s design family, his nuclear and extended family, and his beautiful grandchildren, and it was a celebration to remember!

As with everything at the Peter Salerno Inc. offices and showroom in Wyckoff, NJ, the meal and celebration were a team effort.

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Our staff prepping our Christmas Party lunch!

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If Peter Salerno Inc. will create this kitchen design (and several others) for his design showroom, imagine what he can do for your home kitchen design! Visit the official website of the most award-winning American kitchen and bath designer of the 21st century and say hello!

 

Creative Home Design: Graffiti In Your House? Yes!

Be Bold: Use Graffiti In Your Home Design!

No, we haven’t gone off the deep end. Sometimes, the best designs come from “outside the box”.

After all, if the most award-winning kitchen and bath designer in North America utilizes graffiti in their showroom’s main bathroom design, then it’s something we all can consider!

Visitors to the flagship showroom of Peter Salerno Inc. at 511 Goffle Road in Wyckoff, New Jersey, are stunned by many things – the world-class showroom display being chief among them (winner of the 2015 KBIS Innovative Showroom Award). But when clients and guests to the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom step into the main showroom bathroom, they’re often shocked and inspired by what they see.

Peter Salerno hired a professional graffiti artist to create a bold, vibrant cityscape in the bathroom design. From a replica manhole cover in the center of the floor to colorful depictions of a metropolitan skyline and an elevated subway line, the artwork is audacious and vivid. The inside of the bathroom door is even “tagged” with notable initials, names and dates important to Peter Salerno, his family, and the Peter Salerno Inc. legacy.

Watch “Graffiti: The Need to Be Creative” from Peter Salerno Inc. here:

Summer 2016 design trends (as we’ve discussed in past articles) are all about blending bright, inviting colors with personal style. The blend of bold and splashy colors with personalized touches in this graffiti design are directly in line with cutting-edge home design style.

Graffiti and other urban mural motifs are a fantastic choice for city dwellers, as well as those born and raised in urban areas who want to pay homage to their personal history. If graffiti isn’t your “thing”, per say, then look beyond the artwork and take a lesson from the artist’s approach.

It’s important to respect your personal legacy and style while incorporating new elements into your home design, especially in frequently traveled areas like the kitchen and bath. Rich colors can still be comfortable and inviting when coupled with design elements that mean something to you.

Expert, award-winning custom kitchen and bath designers like Peter Salerno Inc. value the personal story of every client, weaving it into their personalized home designs. You owe it to yourself to consider that aspect of your personal style when undertaking any new design project. After all, unique personalization is the difference between a house and a home.

From Peter Salerno’s Kitchen: Homemade Cavatelli Recipe [PHOTOS]

From Peter Salerno’s Kitchen: Homemade Cavatelli Recipe [PHOTOS]

Peter Salerno’s Personal Recipe for Homemade Cavatelli

Peter Salerno's ingredients list for his secret family homemade cavatelli recipe!
Peter Salerno’s ingredients list for his secret family homemade cavatelli recipe!

With the holidays in full swing, Peter Salerno and his family are spending more and more time in his custom designed, award-winning kitchens than ever. But sometimes instead of designing kitchens, Peter is at home in his own kitchen designing authentic, homemade Italian meals.

Recently, Peter and his family (wife Tracy, son Anthony and daughter-in-law Eve, daughter Gabrielle and son-in-law Brian) gathered for a delicious homemade Italian dinner, which included the Salerno family recipe for the perfect cavatelli.

Now, the Salerno family recipe for cavatelli is supposed to be a well-kept secret – but it’s the holidays, and Peter Salerno felt like sharing just a “little bit” of the family recipe. (Just like his award-winning kitchen designs: what good are they if they’re not shared with others?)

So Peter’s sharing his surprisingly simple list of ingredients for the perfect homemade cavatelli recipe with you here, as well as some pictures from his preparation of the dish. As for the preparation steps themselves? Well, those may have to come at another time. After all, Peter’s parents might have something to say about that!

Peter Salerno’s Homemade Cavatelli Recipe Ingredients

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 lb. ricotta cheese

Peter Salerno's ingredients list for his secret family homemade cavatelli recipe!

 

From humble beginnings as strips of homemade dough on the Salerno kitchen counter…

Peter Salerno's ingredients list for his secret family homemade cavatelli recipe!

 

The beginnings of Peter Salerno’s delicious homemade cavatelli recipe begin to take shape (literally!)…

 

Peter Salerno's ingredients list for his secret family homemade cavatelli recipe!

The Trendiest PANTONE Greens For Christmas 2019 | A Design Guide

The Trendiest PANTONE Greens For Christmas 2019 | A Design Guide

Which green is the RIGHT green for Christmas design in 2019? In a recent article, we laid out the six trendiest red PANTONE colors for this holiday season. Push aside the poinsettia and tie up some mistletoe, because it’s time for green to take center stage for Christmas design!

As usual, we turn to the team at PANTONE to assist our color design decisions.

The six green shades trending for Christmas 2019 design come directly from the latest PANTONE trend reports – from 2019, Spring 2020, & the color palette suggestions for Classic Blue, the 2020 Pantone Color of the Year.

Water Nymph is perhaps our favorite of all the trending green PANTONE colors. Set as a metallic complement to Classic Blue in textile palettes, we love the accompanying color in virtually all formats (PANTONE 20-0187 TPM, for reference). Explore the Metallic Shimmer, but don’t rule out designing with the “matte” version as well – it’s a lush medium green we can’t resist at Christmas.

2020 seems to be ushering in some blue-green color choices, and we’ve chosen Forest Biome (PANTONE 19-5230 TCX) from their ranks. Several green tones on our list evoke images of food and spices in your holiday kitchen (Green Olive, Chive).

Rounding out our “list of six” are the 2019 standout Eden and the cheery Classic Blue palette companion Jasmine Green. Whether your Christmas design aesthetic is “merry and bright” or “Holly and Ivy”, we think you’ll find a trendy PANTONE shade of green to love this holiday season on our list!

6 Trendy Greens for Christmas 2019

Water Nymph

PANTONE 2019 Christmas green color Water Nymph

Eden

PANTONE 2019 Christmas green color Eden

Forest Biome

PANTONE 2019 Christmas green color Forest Biome

Chive

PANTONE 2019 Christmas green color Chive

Jasmine Green

PANTONE 2019 Christmas green color Jasmine Green

Green Olive

PANTONE 2019 Christmas green color Green Olive

All Blue Everything | Kitchen Design Inspired by PANTONE Classic Blue

All Blue Everything | Kitchen Design Inspired by PANTONE Classic Blue

The PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year is informing beautiful modern kitchen design everywhere you look. Classic Blue takes center stage in the coming design year for its reliability, versatility and comfortable nature. Easy to work with, simple to pair and familiar to the eye, Classic Blue is already proving to be one of the more popular PANTONE Color of the Year selections in recent memory.

How can we implement Classic Blue into our kitchen designs? As usual, we’re drawing inspiration from our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc. (the most award-winning kitchen & bath design firm of the 21st century). In the series of posts below (courtesy of Peter Salerno Inc.’s Instagram account), we explore how to utilize blue in our kitchens in a myriad of gorgeous, luxurious ways.

Classic Blue in Kitchen Design: A Stunning Blue Backsplash

Classic Blue in Kitchen Design: Blue Swarovski Ceiling Decoration

Classic Blue in Kitchen Design: A Classically Luxurious Blue-Based Kitchen Design

Classic Blue in Kitchen Design: Opulent Recessed Blue Lighting

Classic Blue in Kitchen Design: Twin Blue Statement Kitchen Islands

Classic Blue in Kitchen Design: An Accompanying Blue Sitting Room off the Kitchen

Classic Blue in Kitchen Design: The La Cornue CornuFe in Provence Blue

The Trendiest PANTONE Reds For Christmas 2019 | A Design Guide

The Trendiest PANTONE Reds For Christmas 2019 | A Design Guide

Which red is the RIGHT red for Christmas design in 2019? The palette certainly couldn’t be any broader; there are 256 available HEX codes for red, and that’s only in web design (currently). Add in the fact that in reality “off screen” there are roughly 10 million colors perceptible by the human eye at any given moment, and it makes choosing “the perfect Christmas red” seem impossible.

Luckily, we have color experts like the team at PANTONE to guide the way. Like Rudolph’s bright red nose, PANTONE guides our way through the 2019 holiday design season and points us to six trending red colors that are all the rage for this year’s Christmas design palettes.

The six red shades trending for Christmas 2019 design come directly from the latest PANTONE trend reports – from 2019, Spring 2020, & the color palette suggestions for Classic Blue, the 2020 Pantone Color of the Year.

You won’t be shocked to see a traditional red like Cranberry leading the charge. But take particular note of the gorgeous Space Cherry, pulled from a metallic version of the same color in an aforementioned Classic Blue PANTONE color palette.

Prepare for Fiery Red and other blazing colors like it as we head into the Spring 2020 design season; they’re on trend in a big way. If you’re looking for a more sedate red tone to decorate your home this Christmas, we really enjoy working with the reddish-brown Bossa Nova.

6 Trendy Reds for Christmas 2019

Cranberry

PANTONE 2019 Christmas red color Cranberry

Space Cherry

PANTONE 2019 Christmas red color Space Cherry

Fiery Red

PANTONE 2019 Christmas red color Fiery Red

Rhubarb

PANTONE 2019 Christmas red color Rhubarb

Valiant Poppy

PANTONE 2019 Christmas red color Valiant Poppy

Bossa Nova

PANTONE 2019 Christmas red color Bossa Nova