Kitchen, Bathroom, and Design Trends from KBIS 2020 and the International Builders Show

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Last week I traveled to Vegas for Design and Construction Week at the Convention Center. The combination of IBS (International Builders Show) and KBIS (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) is the largest in home building. I just read today that there were 65,000 attendees!

The show itself is massive. I walked 7.5 miles on Tuesday and other 6.8 on Wednesday, which were my two full days exploring the showroom floor. In addition to previewing the latest and greatest in building materials, appliances, plumbing, materials, and other home design elements, I also attended continuing education seminars and met new and old friends from all over the country.

It was a total blast, and I can’t recommend it enough to any designer who does any remodeling or kitchen and bathroom design. 

This post is the first in a series on my favorite discoveries from the show. I’m providing a high level overview of some of the more popular trends and exciting products that I saw while I was there.

#1 More color, Especially Blues and Greens

True Appliances Booth Display
Victoria and Albert Freestanding Bathtub

After several years of white and gray dominating interior color palettes, saturated color is making a strong comeback. This should be no surprise. Sherwin-Williams color of the year is Naval, a deep rich navy. And,  Pantone’s color of the year is Classic Blue, which is very similar to Naval.

Color was everywhere at the show, but blues and greens put in the strongest appearance. They showed up in everything from plumbing, to cabinetry, to tile.

Wellborn Cabinetry Displah
GE Café Booth Display
square green zellige tile DalTile KBIS 2020
Dal Tile Square Zellige Tile
Colorful Handmade Tiles Bedrosians KBIS 2020
Bedrosians Tile

#2 High tech Plumbing

Zip Water Hydro Tap KBIS2020
Zip Water HydroTap
TOTO USA Relaxology
TOTO USA

High tech plumbing innovations were evident at every major plumbing manufacturer at the show and provided some of the most stand out moments.

My favorite was the Zip Water Hydro Tap, and I’m already dreaming about how I can get one of these incredible faucets into my own home. With a touch of a button, you can have filtered boiling, cold, and sparking water in seconds. Plus, it dispenses regular unfiltered water both hot and cold. 

Kohler DTV Mode Shower Valve KBIS 2020
Kohler DTV Mode
Kohler DTV Mode

I’m also excited to start specifying Kohler’s DTV Mode shower and bath controls. This petite digital dial replaces the traditional valve and transfer valve in your shower for a very clean minimalist look. It has a temperature dial, can control multiple functions, and can be paired with a remote switch outside of the shower.

As I’ve mentioned before, having to get wet to turn on the shower is the worst, and this little valve solves that problem perfectly.

It also comes in a version for deck mounted tub faucets.

#3 Sculptural Free-Standing Tubs

I design several master bathroom remodels within any given year, and my clients are evenly split on whether or not they want a tub. I don’t currently have one and I often dream of how I can incorporate a tub into my master bathroom.

Clarke Freestanding Tub KBIS 2020
Clarke
Clarke

There were so many options for tubs at the show that I lost count. Of course, the big brand names brought their A game, but I discovered many new-to-me manufacturers with some great options at a wide range of price points.

Bodelair Concrete Tub
Waterlands Stainless Tub
Waterlands Stainless Tub

I spoke with several manufacturers who offered options for retrofitting a standard 60″ alcove tub space with a freestanding model. I particularly liked the tubs from both Bain Signature and Sterling that are designed to back up against the wall. Some models have a ledge for installing a deck mounted faucet. The tubs themselves were reasonably priced, and those two features also help keep the budget under control.

Bain Signature Juliet Tub KBIS 2020
Bain Signature Juliet Tub
Sterling Freestanding Tub KBIS 2020
Sterling Freestanding Bathtub

#3 Brass Fixtures & Accents

DXV Vanity KBIS 2020
DXV
DXV

Brass fixtures, hardware, and accents were everywhere at the show. Every plumbing line had some form of brass available. The luxury appliances manufacturers are all offering brass handles and knobs. Door and hardware companies displayed more options, including satin finish and polished brass.

Designers might be feeling brass overload, but I think this is a trend that will be sticking around for a while. 

Kohler
Bemma
Emtek
Rohl

#4 Organic Elements & Design Motifs

I felt like organic elements or manmade versions of organic materials where everywhere. This wasn’t surprising as biophilic design – connecting the built environment to nature – is surging in popularity and importance right now.

Compac Surfaces KBIS 2020
Compac Surfaces
Compac Surfaces KBIS 2020
Compac Surfaces

Compac surfaces was a new-to-me manufacturer of solid surface countertop material that I totally fell in love with. Their signature designs are the closet to marble that I’ve ever seen, but I preferred the terrazzo styles pictured above. Something about them felt both soft and fresh. The style on the right also comes in a gray/black version and both can be used in exterior applications.

IKONNI Wood Surfaces KBIS 2020
IKONNI Flexible Wood Panels
IKONNI Wood Surfaces KBIS 2020
IKONNI Flexible Wood Panels

The IKONNI flexible wood panels drew some of the biggest oohs and ahs that I heard at the show. The surfaces were just so tactile, they were begging for you to touch them. And, with the flexible backing, the design possibilities are really exciting. Picture them wrapping an interior arched doorway or around the back of a curved island or the base of a pedestal dining table.

DalTile Porcelain Roofing
Dal Tile Porcelain Roof Tiles
Caesarstone KBIS 2020
Caesarstone

Daltile presented a new porcelain roofing tile that mimics slate in three colorways as well as red clay tiles and a wood shake look. They looked really great in person and one of their sales reps showed me some photos on her iPad that were truly impressive.

These tiles do cost more than a regular architectural shingle but should cost less than the real version of the product. Best of all, this product has a lifetime warranty that can be transferred to the next home owner, so it definitely adds value to your home

Arizona Tile
Arizona Tile
Dekton
Dekton

Popular trends in tile included organic motifs like the pretty cement look tiles from Arizona tile shown above. They come in black and a high contrast black and white version.

The porcelain slab manufacturers also showed off a number of new patterns that were incredibly realistic – more so than the quartz slabs we’ve been seeing for the past several years.

#5 Matte Black

Matte black finishes were prevalent at KBIS this year, especially in hardware but also in plumbing. One of my favorite finds was a matte black glass shower surround with the industrial grid look. This version is much more affordable than the custom styles. It’s also easier to keep clean because the grid is silk screened onto the glass and won’t chip or scratch.

Latitude by FleurCo KBIS2020
Latitude by FleurCo
True Appliances

The Antonio tub by Bain Signature (shown below) was notable because of the manufacturing process. The outside of the tub is not simply coated or painted. Rather, the actual material used to form the tub is black. So, you don’t have to worry about the black exterior chipping or scratching to reveal the white interior. 

Bain Signature Antonio Tub

#6 Marble Accents

Kohler Artifacts Faucet with Marble Handles
Hansgroh AXOR MyEdition Faucet
AXOR Faucet with Marble Top

Marble, particularly white marbles like Carrara, is still going strong. I don’t think this material will ever fade in popularity because it lends a touch of timeless appeal to modern forms. One of my favorite faucets at the entire show was the Axor MyEdition collection, shown here in matte black with a white marble top.

Emtek Passage Lever Marble KBIS 2020
Emtek Lever Passage
DXV Marble Console Sink KBIS 2020
DXV Console Sink

As you can see, many of the trends overlap with each other. I firmly believe that we will continue to see a strong emphasis on wellness, sustainability and tech along with natural materials or manmade materials that mimic natural elements.

I hope you enjoyed this overview of my trip to KBIS 2020 and the International Builders Show for Design and Construction Week. What trends for kitchens and bathrooms are you most excited about? If you’re a designer who attended, what was your favorite find from the show?

If you want to see more of my in the moment photos and videos, check out my KBIS 2020 highlights on my Instagram profile.

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14 thoughts on “Kitchen, Bathroom, and Design Trends from KBIS 2020 and the International Builders Show

  1. I feel like I was there!

  2. Jillian: What an excellent recap post! I love how you discussed the benefits of different choices + took into consideration the budget, as well.

    I love posts like this where I really learn something about why a particular choice might be right.

    Thanks for all the work that went into this!

    Leslie

    1. Thank you, Leslie!

  3. Jillian, this is a fabulous rundown of your finds at KBIS 2020. I didn’t get to see Kohler’s DTV’s Mode. I’ll have to investigate it for future projects.

    Thanks for sharing your finds!

    1. Sheri, DTV was hands down one of my favorites. I am always struggling with valve placement, and this was such a slick little solution. It’s no bigger than a Nest Thermostat and so minimal that it would work even in a more traditional design. I wish they would come out with more finishes for it though. It might look a little awkward if you wanted to use a brass shower head or tub spigot.

  4. I couldn’t attend KBIS so I really appreciate your detailed post on the trends and innovative products you saw!

  5. What a great recap of the show, Jillian! I love the introduction of free standing tubs with some budget friendly modifications. And, of course, all the stone and stone-look surfaces, along with black and brass!

    1. Janet, I thought the expanded offering of freestanding tubs was so great. I am considering doing one in my own master because space is so tight. The Sterling model I showed above would work with a shower as well because it wasn’t too difficult to step in and out of.

  6. Wow! Very informative and feel like I was there. Thanks so much for all this useful info!!

  7. Thanks for sharing your fabulous finds at KBIS. This was the first year in 3 years that I haven’t been, so it was nice to see what’s new! We are doing matte black fixtures in my sisters bathroom, so sleek.

  8. Thanks for sharing this. I love all the trends, the colors, the organic elements and those gorgeous tubs!

  9. I really enjoyed reading about what is new and now going into this new decade for kitchen and bath design.

  10. Looks like it was a really great show. Thanks for sharing what you saw. I have a sister who is an interior designer. I am sharing this with her. I think she will love your site.

  11. Jillian, thanks for sharing and what a great post! I finally had some time to read this and look forward to the two following. My favorites above are the Ikonni flexible wood panels and the Bedrosian tile (specifically the top left)! I feel you could do some really could these with these products and would look beautiful in a home! Thanks for sharing, Kelsey

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