|Fisher & Paykel Appliances developed a line of modular 36-inch appliances, which could impact
kitchen cabinet design.
|Blending light and dark tones, as featured in this display
by Quality Cabinets, a division of Masco Corp., was a
popular trend at KBIS.
Of the new products and styles on display, white finishes appear to still be a favorite with designers, however the blending of light and dark tones is another trend that seems to be picking up steam. Several companies exhibited vignettes with some version of this trend. For example, Quality Cabinets, a division of Masco Corp., featured a kitchen with light upper cabinets and dark lower cabinets.
Ron Machunski, a sales rep for Showplace Wood Products, Harrisburg, SD, said that the blending trend started initially with kitchen islands being a separate color than the cabinets and that contrasting style eventually migrated to the cabinet units themselves. David Alderman, incoming president of the National Kitchen & Bath Assn., agreed, he noted that an increased number of exhibiting companies were showing light colored cabinets complemented by darker tones, both in paints and stains.
One benefit of blending light and dark colors is that it allows designers to have the best of both worlds with the popular white and off-white finishes, as well as creating a new aesthetic look.
Closet Products at the Show
Many cabinet companies were showing their diverse prefabricated storage component lines, which included everything from kitchen cabinets to closet systems and Murphy Beds.
Wellborn displayed a melamine closet system from its Distinctive Closets line. Angela OâNeill, director of marketing and advertising, said that last fall the company launched nearly 200 items, which are featured in its specification catalog, for its closets program.
Showplace Wood Products displayed a closet system made of solid wood, as well as its new line of Murphy Beds, which were introduced last fall. According to Machunski, Showplace received good feedback about the line, which he says is most popular in certain regions â vacation spots and areas with large populations of baby boomers.
Celebrity Sightings at KBIS
Among the energized attendees were a few celebrities including Celebrity Chef Curtis Stone, âThe Apprenticeâ and TLCâs âTake Home Chef,â who kept things cooking at the Merillat booth. Also Bob Villa was roaming the trade show and blogging about hot items that caught his eye, including Rev-A-Shelfâs new product, âCurve,â a blind corner pull-out storage system featuring tempered safety glass with Stylinox, an anti-skid transparent coating. The system was displayed in clear glass cabinets.
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