K/BIS traffic down, but exhibitors and attendees push forward

ATLANTA - The 2009 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show was noticeably smaller than previous years, with fewer exhibitors and less traffic.

Yet, cabinet companies exhibiting and customers attending had positive attitudes, and most seemed serious about doing business. Coming with lower expectations, most exhibitors seemed satisfied with who they were seeing, even if numbers were down. For attendees, the exhibitors went all-out in offering beautiful displays and even introducing some new products.


Among cabinet companies there was an underlying theme of "value." Most had displays of their more affordably priced lines, recognizing that today's customers are cost-conscious and want to get good value for their money. There were additions to the high-end lines as well, as in some markets there are people spending.


There were no dramatic changes in style, color or design trends that have been evolving in the past year or two. In a flashback to the 1970s, touches of gold and green were shown and mentioned almost with a laugh by designers. But they are updated from the Harvest Gold and Avocado Green from those days, in more subdued updated shades. Orange is also mentioned as an up-and-coming shade.


Watch for additional report in upcoming issue of CWB and at iswonline.com.


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