KBIS 2016 Trend Recap | 7 Top Kitchen and Bath Trends

by Sharp | January 29, 2016

Sharp’s A+D team expanded our presence for this year’s KBIS, working with Jeanne Chung from Cozy, Stylish, Chic to tour the show floor and identify some of the emerging trends sure to dominate product and editorial in 2016. The full play-by-play could be viewed during the show at #SHARPxKBIS, but Jeanne also recapped the experience on her blog. Here are some of the highlights:

“As usual, the show floor was buzzing with excitement as designers, members of the press, and buyers traversed back and forth between three massive exhibit halls filled to the gills with the newest products in kitchen and bath design.”

7 Top Kitchen and Bath Trends

  • Matte Black
  • The At Home Gourmet
  • The Evolution of Concrete
  • Textile Inspired Tile
  • Artisanal Finishes
  • Innovation
  • Touchless Controls

Matte Black: There is no doubt that the kitchen is no longer a place for women only.  Men are spending more time in the kitchen, and the products and finish offerings reflect that. Finishes in the kitchen haven gotten sleek, sexy, and are inspired by the matte black car finishes that I have been seeing on the high-end, 6-figure cars I see cruising down the streets of West LA on any given day.


Viking had their Carbon Fiber Concept Range displayed front and center in their booth.  At this point it is only in the concept phase, but given the “oohs” and “aahs” I heard as I walked by, this should be in the line in no time – especially if men continue to have a say in what gets put in the kitchen.

The At Home Gourmet: With the newest kitchen innovations to hit the market, the consumer no longer has to venture outside the home for gourmet food and drink.


Grohe Blue Chilled & Sparkling combines the modern look of a designer faucet with a high-performance filter, cooler and carbonator—and is as easy to use as an ordinary kitchen faucet.  The right lever is used to mix hot and cold tap water, while turning the left handle provides filtered and chilled medium or full sparkling water.

The Evolution of Concrete: We’ve been seeing a whole lot of concrete being used in and around the home lately —in tile, furniture, lighting and home accessories.  The recent popularity of concrete may have to do in part with the revival of the brutalist period, where concrete was used in simple blocks and forms,  left raw and unfinished. However, every trend evolves, and concrete is now not as rough and raw as it once was.  The form has become more sculpted, and the texture more polished and refined.


Judging by the frequency I saw Walker Zanger’s Kaza Collection show up on my Instagram feed during market, it was VERY well received by those in attendance. So well received that Kaza was awarded “Best of KBIS-Kitchen, Gold” That means 1st place, and as you can see, it was well deserved!

Pale Aqua Blue: Pale aqua blue was seen at every turn, but because of it is timeless, classic quality and its ability to be read as a neutral rather than color, it was overlooked by many as a color that is trending.


For the fourth year, Silestone has gathered leading designers and influencers in the world of design to form the Silestone Trendspotters.  This year’s group of 6 Trendspotters collaborated to come up with the newest Influencer Series, Etchings.  The first two colors from the series were presented at KBIS, and one of those colors just so happened to be “Aquatint”,  a pale, clear shade of aqua mixed with shards of white Dekton.  They don’t call them Trendspotters for nothing – this group of 6 designers travel the world to report on the trends emerging around the world so they are right on top of what is trending!


AGA had several new introductions, many of which sported a more modern interpretation of the kitchen range.  However,  I will always associate AGA with their cast iron ranges, available in a rainbow of colors, but displayed at KBIS in none other than a pale aqua blue.

Artisanal Finishes: Textured surfaces in ceramic and metal emphasize the importance of “one of a kind” and  hand made, celebrating artisans and their craft.

Touchless Controls: There’s nothing like cutting up chicken in the kitchen just to have to pull open the trash with your dirty hands. Häfele has come to the rescue with a foot control designed for built in trash drawers, which eliminates germs and bacteria from contaminating the outside of the built in trash area.

These and many more! Read Jeanne’s full post to see everything and stay tuned for more trends in design, architecture, kitchen and bath from our Sharp A+D team and our roster of best-in-class clients!


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