Lori Carroll & Associates | Kitchen and Bath News | August 2018

Richer colors andwood tones, asymmetrical design elements, amixing of metals and textures, unique ceiling treatments, newapplications for tile and amove away from the all-white kitchenwere among the hottest trends showcased by thewinners of KBDN’s 2018 Kitchen&BathDesignAwards. BY JANICE COSTA Winning Trends esign competitions not only showcase the industry’s most extraordinary spaces – and the creative talents of those who bring them to life – they also provide a glimpse into what’s trending right now, and where the indus- try is going as a whole. And when it comes to what’s trending, the list is long: asymmetrical design elements, layered patterns and textures, mixed metals and textures, creative use of tile, dramatic light- ing xtures as a focal point, interesting ceiling treatments, and a move away from the all-white kitchen to embrace more wood tones and richer colors. These are just a few of the hot trends taking the kitchen and bath industry by storm right now, which were evident in the winners of KBDN’s third annual Kitchen & Bath Design Awards (see related Editorial, Page 9). The Kitchen & Bath Design Awards were created to recog- nize the industry’s most beautiful, innovative and thoughtfully designed kitchen, bath and other-room projects from design- ers all across the U.S. and Canada. Projects are judged in nine di erent categories: Best Kitchen Over $200,000; Best Kitchen $100,000-$200,000; Best Kitchen Under $100,000; Best Master Bath Over $50,000; Best Master Bath Under $50,000; Best Powder Room; Best Kitchen Showroom; Best Universal Design Kitchen or Bath, and Best Specialty Project. This year’s entries were judged by a panel of top design professionals based on aesthetic appeal, functionality of the space, attention to detail, handling of unusual situations, originality, selection of colors and nishes and overall impres- sion. In addition to selecting the top winners, the judges also provided design feedback to all of the competition entrants. Judges for the 2018 competition included: Kimball Derrick, CKD, Cincinnati, OH; Stephanie Frees, Plain & Posh, Westmont, IL; Christopher Grubb, ARCH-INTERIORS, Beverly Hills, CA; Mikal Otten, Exquisite Kitchen Design, Denver, CO; Peter Salerno, Peter Salerno Inc., Wycko , NJ, and Jean Sto er, Jean Sto er Design, Chicago, IL. TRENDING RIGHT NOW Color and detail were highly evident in the winning designs, with the top designs showcasing plenty of ‘wow power.’ As Frees notes, “It was interesting to see that there was more color coming back in, and a lot more of the wood elements as opposed to white only, or white and grey. We saw a lot more pops of color, a lot of teal, which is also one of the up and coming colors in the design industry, even in cabinetry, not just accents. It was nice to see some natural woods coming back, full designs in woods, and then some dark, moody [elements].” Sto er also found the move away from white kitchens intriguing, stating, “We are nally backing o from the all-white kitchen. We’re also seeing a mixing of materials, mixing metals, mixing textures. [The winning designs showcased] asymmetry, and we saw an incredible use of ceilings as a ‘ fth wall.’” According to Derrick, “We de nitely saw more drama in the winning designs. It’s interesting how drama plays a part in good design. And it doesn’t have to be loud drama; it can be quiet and soft drama. It’s a personality [that shines through].” He also cites the growing use of wood tones, from veneers to solid woods, in a variety of nishes, as well as “color coming back into view.” A richness and diversity of materials was seen by Otten, who says, “We saw some darker, richer colors, we saw some gloss material, we saw some use of steel, and brass even.” “There were some sensational things,” Grubb states, adding, “There was a lot of gloss cabinetry, which was exciting to see…[designers were] putting some di erent accents in, which was nice. Color, dark greys and natural wood were also really popu- lar, and gold [was very big].” For Salerno, the top designs “were dynamic, some- thing that were a little bit out of the ordinary, using color, using material, warmth of woods, stainless steel, di erent ceiling details, variable heights to a degree of using the ceiling within those heights, not necessarily the cabinets themselves, di erent types of countertops, exciting backsplashes…and I think all of this packaged together was what [di erentiated] the winning designs.” D Judges for the 2018 Kitchen & Bath Design Awards (from left to right): Mikal Otten, Jean Sto er, Kimball Derrick, CKD, Peter Salerno, Stephanie Frees and Christopher Grubb 42 Kitchen & Bath Design News • August 2018

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