There is nothing like entering a home that has innovative technology incorporated into their bathroom and kitchen. Buyers and sellers see the need to keep their homes designed with the latest faucets, sinks, appliances and more and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) 2014 revealed the latest in innovations. Whether your sellers are trying to renovate their home for buyer appeal or you want to know what the latest in home design trends are this year, here are a few highlights of the 2014 KBIS show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Kitchens are incorporating lifestyle into their design
Kitchens used to be a very utilitarian part of the home and were considered a place to cook, eat, and clean up and then leave to public rooms of the home. In the more recent years architects and designers are using family lifestyle habits and designing them into kitchens. At KBIS kitchen appliances are now programmable and adaptable to the chef, or multiple chefs of the home. Kitchen sinks are multifunctional with areas to store cleaning utensils, or even help in meal preparations with integrated cutting boards and places to store cutlery. The modern kitchen is adapting to the lifestyle of the modern family.
Bathrooms that help melt your cares away
In our busy and bustling world the bathroom is still one of the most relaxing areas of the home. If your client is considering a bathroom remodel, have them use a few of these innovative tips from the Kitchen and Bath Industry show. Natural finishes and affordable upgrades to bathroom amenities was a huge hit at the show. New colors in wood stain finishes for cabinetry from ash gray to deep mahogany doors to lead crystal cabinet handles and pulls, there is no longer a need for an entire bathroom to get remodeled. Pendant chandeliers over bathtubs and vanities are also an attention grabber without spending a lot of money.
Kitchen and bathrooms are becoming more environmentally conscious
Over the recent years kitchen and bath manufacturers are becoming more aware of the environment and creating innovative ways to save energy and water. At KBIS this year there was an abundance of kitchen appliances that not only save energy but will report back to you via smart technology such as Wifi connectivity on your monthly usage. Water conservation in toilets, low-flow faucets that still deliver a powerful spray, and warming/cooling water in visually lit faucets was a big hit at the trade show.
KBIS is a great trade show to visit because it showcases where the kitchen and bath industry is moving to in their trends, innovations and styles for the residential market. Refer to these highlights when talking to your clients about remodeling and renovation, as homebuyers will be looking for cutting edge ideas in their future homes! What trends have you been seeing in recent months in kitchen and baths? We’d love to hear from you on our iHOUSE Facebook page.
Ronique Gibson is an Associate Architect and a LEED Accredited Professional, who has been in the design industry for over 13 years. She started her design blog in 2009 and today it has become a premier destination for helping homeowners with everyday lifestyle challenges. Her readers check in daily for help with their homes, DIY project ideas, recipes, crafts, and inspiration to beautify and enjoy their homes.