Last week I was invited to attend The kitchen and Bath show in Vegas (KBIS) with Veronika Miller and the Modenus team along with 24 other design bloggers. We were sponsored by nine amazing vendors, many of whom had exciting new products to show us. I have so many things to share with you but since I am a color lover I thought I would start off with the color trends at KBIS2016.

So as not to overwhelm you I have divided the color trends into four categories.

Cabinets, Appliances, Fixtures and Flooring. I plan to write a post every few days about each category and I will begin with trending colors for cabinets.

CABINET Colors: The first thing I noticed as I walked the showroom floor at KBIS was not what color the cabinets were but what color they were NOT. Could it be that we are coming to the end of the overwhelming popularity of white painted cabinets? Only a handful of booths (out of hundreds) showed white cabinets in their display.

What I did see was display after display of black, gray and exposed wood grain cabinetry. I also saw one very exciting new application of bold color.

black kitchen cabs1

La Cornue

Black cabinets had a huge presence at KBIS. Shown in both kitchen and bath displays, most had a matte finish. Light colored quartz and marble was the number one counter top and the majority had simple white subway tile used for the back splash and walls.

black bathroom cab

Bathroom in Responsive Show Home. Designed by Bobby Berk

Painted gray cabinets tended more toward charcoal and were also more often than not, combined with white or light counter tops.

gray cabinets

gray cabinets2

I did see a handful of painted cabinets and this blue floating bathroom vanity one was one of my favorites.

blue wall cabinet

Cerused or exposed wood grain cabinets also had a strong showing. I had seen a lot of this cerused wood last January at KBIS 2015 as well. This treated wood tends to read as taupe and some have a slight pink undertone.

exposed grain

Wood Mode, one of our sponsors, introduced their new rift-cut white oak. This particular door has a sandblasted distressing with a graphite glaze. It’s a great option for those who desire a light wood cabinetry but want something with a little more interest than plain old white.

cerused wood

Wood Mode rift-cut white oak with graphite glaze

I also spotted very bright orange cabinets on display. German cabinet company Bauformat featured a bright orange lacquered kitchen.

orange cabinets by Bauformat

orange cabinets by Bauformat

It was eye catching for sure and the Europeans are much more open to this bold use of color than most Americans. At least I know where I live in the conservative North East this bold bright orange would never fly.

However…..I did see this display and this I can get behind.

Ombree Blue by Thermadore

Blue Ombree by Thermadore

Thermadore (one of our sponsors) debuted this customizable cooling center painted with a highly reflective automotive paint done in a blue ombree. It was nearly impossible to get a decent photo because the surface was so reflective. In person it was one of the most beautiful displays at the show. I can’t stop thinking about it and would jump at the chance to design a kitchen around this beauty.

Which cabinet color is your favorite or are you still in the painted white camp? Would you dare go automotive glossy blue?




Linda Holt | Interior Designer & iPhone Coach

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