Design & Construction Week 2015 Recap

We were back in Vegas for the 2015 Design & Construction Week, which combined the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show and International Builder Show. It was a huge show with more than 3,750 exhibitors, 125,000 attendees and a lot of exciting new trends on the horizon for 2015.

One design statement that we LOVE is mixed metallics throughout the kitchen and bath. Long gone are the days where kitchens are all stainless steel and monochromatic. Consumers are gravitating toward mixed metals such as rose gold, copper, black and gold. This adds character to the kitchen and gives homeowners more opportunity to express their personal style. Check out some of these shiny new products: Canyon Creek Cabinets backsplash made out of pennies (such a cool, timeless design!),  Kohler’s gold toilet flush (love this little gold accent), Gold Elba basin by Bagno Design, a sparkly gold range hood by Prizer Hoods, and hardware by Aquabrass in every mixed metallic imaginable. 

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After CES, we definitely had technology on the brain so it was great to see how kitchen and bath manufacturers are incorporating technology into their product design. This mirror by RYVR features a TV screen so you can get ready for your day while simultaneously watching the news. Toto developed a self-cleaning washlet with its new Actilight technology that self-sprays to clean bacteria and features a UV light that is activated once the lid is shut that triggers the decomposition process of waste particles. And LG launched a TechTop wireless charging surface that lets you easily charge your phone by placing it on top of the surface; no outlet necessary.

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Luxury through detail was another big trend we noticed at the show. From gorgeous tile displays to intricate hardware, manufacturers were definitely paying close attention to the little details that make good design so important. We loved this Kallista by Kohler display… Our dream bath!

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Space-saving appliances are gaining popularity as consumers move to urban areas or scale down a bit for their second homes. Millennials are also buying their first homes and are looking for energy efficient, compact appliances with advanced technology features. Bosch launched a 24″ oven and 18″ dishwasher, the Halo Soaking Tub is the perfect size for the mini-luxurious bathroom and the GE Boxie washer and dryer combo is stylish yet functional for small spaces.

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Did you attend the show this year? What trends caught your eye?