Two trends in kitchen and bath design have emerged from the displays this April at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in New Orleans: shabby chic and 1980's gold. While the shabby chic trend has been playing well in the DIY Pinterest scene for the last year, it is now taking greater hold in accessories and permanent features in the kitchen. The 80's trend, however, is a new emergence thanks to a close parallel in clothing fashions. Here are four examples of the most popular trends from the KBIS show:
Shabby Chic Details
Pallet wood and chicken wire projects are exploding all over Pinterest, but most of them are featured in living spaces and bedrooms. The rustic details trending this year include metal mesh inserts in lieu of glass for upper cabinets as well as a selection of distressed wood countertops for islands, bars and gathering spaces.
Bright Brass Fixtures
The irony in the resurgence of the brass faucet, hardware and light fixture is that most homeowners have been dutifully replacing those shiny gold elements over the last decade. Kohler and Delta, two big plumbing manufacturers, are introducing "new" colors that look exactly like the shiny 1980's relics. There are more muted versions with a "brushed" finish as well as a "baby gold" known as "champagne" with a pink tint. Since other hardware and light fixture producers are pairing the finishes and allowing for a completed look, this suggests that the 1980's gold trend is going to stick around for a while.
The last decade has produced a trend in cabinetry color contrast where upper cabinets were a different color from the base cabinets, or where the main kitchen cabinets contrasted with the island. Much like the 80's cabinets with a differing frame and door color, the trend in cabinetry this year is the same. The two-tone look is extending to all the structural and aesthetic bits of a kitchen: doors, frames, side panels, corbels, legs, etc. The color contrast in a kitchen is now fair game and is only limited by the imagination.
You need only to watch one episode of The Cosby Show to see how popular high-waisted pants were in the 80's. That clothing fashion is emerging once again, and a specific style of base cabinet is following suit: the new trend in sink bases is to skip the false drawer panel/tilt-out-tray on the top and make the door full-height (or "high-waisted") instead.
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Leslie Hart-Davidson, Allied Member ASID
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