The National Kitchen and Bath Association’s (NKBA) Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is a veritable mecca for kitchen and bath design, and as such, offers insight into the popular and emerging finishes in kitchen and bath fixtures and door and cabinet hardware, as well as other industries—there seems to be a correlation between the finishes that are popular for the kitchen and bath and the finishes that appeal to consumers in autos.
NKBA research found that contemporary and transitional kitchen styles have overtaken the traditional kitchen in popularity. Furniture-look and built-in cabinetry are still popular, as is mixing metals, finishes, and materials. Kitchen island workstations with sleek designs and finishes (brass) were extremely prevalent.
Like they were last year, white and gray are still extremely popular color schemes for kitchens. With a neutral backdrop, colorful and bold fixtures are on the scene: 2016’s matte black faucet is here to stay and warm metal tones such as brushed brass, copper, bronze, gold, and blush and rose gold were featured at the show.
Click here to read the NKBA press release on kitchen trends for 2017.
Transitional and contemporary bathrooms in white, gray, and blue are in this year. Brass, stainless, and chrome aren’t going away, but as in the kitchen, new finishes are emerging in the bathroom. One of these is the extremely trendy matte black, others include white, gold, and blush tones. Designer fixture colors such as blue and other jewel tones have also made an appearance.
Copper showers have become the newest thing in baths for their functionality and their striking visual appeal. With these showers, a host of complementary finishes for showerheads and other shower hardware have risen, including copper, matte black, and oil rubbed bronze.
Click here to read the NKBA press release on bath trends for 2017.
The 2017 KBIS solidified the status of contemporary and transitional styling in the bath and kitchen, as well as matte black as a faucet and fixture finish. It has also demonstrated a gravitation toward new and exciting finish colors with the potential to shake up home aesthetics, as well as the kitchen and bath, automotive, and surface finishing industries.
ECF has a wide variety of finish offerings, including some of the most desired looks for 2017. Contact us today to see how we can meet your surface finishing needs.