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!

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

Best Classic Blue Color Palette | PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year

Best Classic Blue Color Palette | PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year

Classic Blue has been announced as the 2020 PANTONE Color of the YearNow that the announcement has been made and initial reactions have been expressed, there’s only one thing left to do… get to designing!

PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year Classic Blue Ponder Palette
PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year Classic Blue Ponder Palette

Classic Blue (PANTONE 19-4052) is steady, reliable & familiar, like an old favorite pair of blue jeans. As we stated in our previous article, the design benefits of a backbone as sturdy as Classic Blue are large. PANTONE is already suggesting color palettes for designing with Classic Blue which are varied and inspiring. It’s a reassurance that a steady base tone can still create audacious, bold color design options.

While some of the more glitzy and non-traditional palettes are grabbing headlines, the most serene Classic Blue color palette may be our favorite. PANTONE crafted the Ponder color palette as a soothing visual trip to the beach, with sand, water & sky permeating the collection. Anchored by 3 quite varied shades of blue (Classic Blue, Baby Blue and Provence), the Ponder palette invites casual daydreaming and calm reflection.

(In particular, we love Provence blue. It’s a gorgeous royal hue which adorns many of Peter Salerno Inc.’s kitchen designs.)

Monument (PANTONE 17-4405) is the anchor of the Ponder palette, the sure-footed gray neutral that keeps it all grounded. It pairs splendidly with all 3 blue hues in this collection (Provence + Monument is a winner).

Peach Quartz, Cornhusk and Stucco remind us of Neapolitan ice cream – a creamy swirl of strawberry, French vanilla & chocolate to keep the Ponder palette playful and appealing.

As PANTONE states in its article regarding Ponder:

The design benefits of a backbone as sturdy as Classic Blue are large. PANTONE is already suggesting color palettes for designing with Classic Blue which are varied and inspiring. It’s a reassurance that a steady base tone can still create audacious, bold color design options. Palettes like Snorkel and Exotic Tastes are proving how bright & diverse designers can be using Classic Blue as a base of reference.

Ponder is available through Pantone Connect for Adobe Creative Cloud.

Ponder: A PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year Palette

Classic Blue (PANTONE 19-4052)

Pantone 2020 Color of the Year Classic Blue

Provence (PANTONE 16-4032)

Pantone 2020 Color Provence

Baby Blue (PANTONE 13-4308)

Pantone 2020 Color Baby Blue

Monument (PANTONE 17-4405)

Pantone 2020 Color Monument

Peach Quartz (PANTONE 13-1125)

Pantone 2020 Color Peach Quartz

Cornhusk (PANTONE 12-0714)

Pantone 2020 Color Cornhusk

Stucco (PANTONE 16-1412)

Pantone 2020 Color Stucco

Classic Blue | The Dependable PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year

Classic Blue | The Dependable PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year

It’s like designing with your favorite old pair of blue jeans: comfortable and reliable. The cool, denim backbone of 2020’s color design palette has been named, & with it comes a world of possibilities.

We’re talking about Classic Blue (PANTONE 19-4052), the official 2020 PANTONE Color of the Year. A truly foundational color, Classic Blue signals a return to security. Comfort. Peace. It’s a shade you know instantly, one that makes you feel good.

PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year Classic Blue

Classic Blue’s not here to set the world on fire. And that’s okay. It doesn’t set out to do so – quite the contrary, the PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year is trying to promote cool, calm waters. Unlike recent Color of the Year selections Living Coral (2019) & Ultra Violet (2018), this blue hue won’t dominate the conversation. It’s about stability.

The design benefits of a backbone as sturdy as Classic Blue are large. PANTONE is already suggesting color palettes for designing with Classic Blue which are varied and inspiring. It’s a reassurance that a steady base tone can still create audacious, bold color design options. Palettes like Snorkel and Exotic Tastes are proving how bright & diverse designers can be using Classic Blue as a base of reference.

PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year Classic Blue Snorkel Palette
PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year Classic Blue Snorkel Palette
PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year Classic Blue Exotic Tastes Palette
PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year Classic Blue Exotic Tastes Palette

From the official PANTONE website, a quote from the PANTONE Color Institute regarding the 2020 Color of the Year:

Imprinted in our psyches as a restful color, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, offering refuge. Aiding concentration and bringing laser like clarity, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue re-centers our thoughts. A reflective blue tone, Classic Blue fosters resilience.

What do YOU think about Classic Blue’s selection as PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year? Leave us a comment below & let’s interact!

Color Design For Foodies | This Season’s ‘Yummiest’ Trendy Kitchen Colors

Color Design For Foodies | This Season’s ‘Yummiest’ Trendy Kitchen Colors

When PANTONE draws inspiration from food to name a color, it likely belongs in a kitchen design. PANTONE’s renowned Color Matching System is the gold standard of color design schemes for home designers, textile designers, industrial designers, fabric designers & clothiers. the ability to transition a PANTONE color across media (cloth to paper to online to plastic & more) is unparalleled.

With endless color possibilities in the ever-expanding PANTONE universe, where do you even begin to find the perfect colors for your updated kitchen design? We love taking cues from the names PANTONE gives to its colors. When a PANTONE shade’s name reflects something found in your kitchen or pantry, our “spidey senses” go off!

Maybe it’s a simple case of the power of suggestion, but we know the team at PANTONE as a group which acts with purpose. So if we have a choice for a neutral color for our kitchen… well, we’re going to consider Sugar Almond a bit more strongly than Warm Sand.

(Sorry, Warm Sand – you just don’t sound quite as delicious!)

There’s an abundance if trending PANTONE colors with food-inspired names lately, so why don’t we draw a bit of kitchen design inspiration?

Here’s our selection of 8 trendy PANTONE colors with names foodies will love. See if you get inspired to use one (or more) of them in your kitchen!

8 Kitchen Design Colors For Trendy Food Lovers

Rocky Road: a dark brown earthy neutral & sturdy ‘backbone’ color

PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 Rocky Road

Guacamole: the splash of green in your leafy, plant-laden design

Guacamole (PANTONE 17-0530)

Dark Cheddar: a zesty pop of accent color – more accessory than focus

PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Dark Cheddar

Pancake Batter: a warm, sugary-sweet off-white rooted in golden yellow

PANTONE Polyester Standards

Chili Pepper: a spicy hot red – handle with care to succeed!

PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Chili Pepper

Peach Pink: a gorgeous blush tone for a summery beach kitchen

PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Peach Pink

Sugar Almond: the warm mid-tone brown neutral coveted by trendy designers

PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 Sugar Almond

Coconut Milk: a creamy, comforting white that provides balance for an inviting kitchen space

PANTONE white color Coconut Milk

Which of these PANTONE colors is your favorite? Connect with us!