NewsTrends & Inspirations

September 7, 2023 |

Wood and Wellness

As people, we are inherently more balanced and at ease when we’re connected with nature. The problem is, in today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world, most North Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors, and although it may not be readily…

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August 25, 2023 |

Anna Popov’s Product Picks

Anna Popov, the founder and creative force behind the Bellvue, Wash.-based firm Interiors by Popov, is dedicated to the European model of design practice. Prioritizing functionality, materials and craftsmanship, she works to make spaces that support – not supersede –…

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August 18, 2023 |

Decorative Hardware Trends from Emtek

Particularly in the kitchen and bath, decorative hardware is a key aesthetic element. Here decorative hardware manufacturer Emtek shares emerging and ascendant design trends. Traditional Finishes: Making a Comeback Leaning more towards aged brass and bronze finishes with patina recently?…

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August 1, 2023 |

Soft Modern Design Explained

In this post-pandemic era, homeowners crave interiors that are clean and streamlined. Many find themselves led towards modern design styles. Conventional modern design is notorious for being clean but often stark and flat. Blanched color palettes are heavy with institutional…

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July 12, 2023 |

Dream Bathroom, Canada Edition

The average human will spend over two years in the washroom throughout their lifetime. It’s the coveted space where we primp and prepare ourselves for the day, so why not make the bathroom one of our favorite spaces in our homes?…

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June 30, 2023 |

Natucer on Wall Tile Trends

Covid was a design catalyst, sparking changes in work, social, and domestic routines. Suddenly the home became the best and primary refuge, used for anything people could imagine – office, gym, spa, entertainment and play, but also a place for…

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May 31, 2023 |

Yond Interiors: Product Picks

A pair of life experiences shaped the design philosophy of Julia Miller (above), creative director of Minneapolis-based Yond Interiors. As a former social worker, she knows the value of a home space that really works for the persons living in…

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May 24, 2023 |

ICFF New Product Picks

This article was originally published on May 24, 2023; it was updated on June 5, 2023 and June 21, 2023. Upbeat and well-attended, this week’s ICFF had a celebratory feel. Co-located with WantedDesign and hosting numerous international pavilions, its aisles…

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April 13, 2023 |

ISH 2023 Bathroom Trends

The latest developments in sustainability, trends in bathroom design and the industry’s innovations are the focus of the Pop Up My Bathroom trend showcase at ISH 2023. Established by the VDS and Messe Frankfurt, the trend platform for the bathroom…

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April 10, 2023 |

Cevisama Tile of Spain Trends

As part of the 2023 Tile of Spain Cevisama Tour in Valencia, Spain, KBB had a first-hand look at the emerging innovations in tile design and technology. Here are the broad-brush observations on the developments in the field. Glazing Colors…

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April 3, 2023 |

Appliance Innovation: From Concept to Consumer

True design innovation isn’t Darwinian or reactionary, and it is rarely the result of a lighting-bolt, a-ha moment of genius. Innovation is a focused, methodical, boundary-breaking, expensive commitment for brands to make. Products, materials and technologies require forethought, iteration and…

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March 6, 2023 |

NKBA 2023 Design Trends Report

Designer: Shai Arviv. Photo: Adam Kane Macchia. The NKBA 2023 Design Trends research report, which surveyed members across all kitchen and bath segments, points to the continued importance of the kitchen and bath as key spaces in the home. Over…

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March 2, 2023 |

Neolith Presents Trends Book

Urbanization focusing on people, well-being and a return to nature will be the major design trends in 2024 in architecture, interior decorating, fashion and industry, according to the book “Inspiring Living For Tomorrow. Lifestyle Trends 2024,” published by Neolith, the…

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February 28, 2023 |

Hot Tile Trends From Lunada Bay Tile

Tile is having a moment, according to Feras Irikat, design and marketing director for Lunada Bay Tile, the California-based company offering Japanese-inspired tiles, including many made with recycled glass.  And why shouldn’t it? Tile has been an integral element in…

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February 20, 2023 |

FLOWER Showhouse Blossoms with Design Talent

FLOWER magazine’s first multi-designer showhouse in Atlanta’s prestigious Buckhead neighborhood is a nod to classic Regency-style. Designed by award-winning Atlanta architect Peter Block & Associates and built by luxury home builder Young & Meathe, the 10,000 square foot home was decorated…

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January 30, 2023 |

Moen Taps Design Trends

Moen recently released a report on movements in design that will be influential not only in 2023 but in the years come. Three broad categories will affect the direction of both interior design and product experience:   Personal Expression Product…

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January 28, 2023 |

Bertazzoni Kitchen Trend Report Released

Design: Julie Ireland Design Build. Photo: Ambia Photography Coinciding with its 140th anniversary, Bertazzoni has released its 2023 Kitchen Trend Report. “In keeping with our brand heritage and company culture, this report embraces the best of design evolution – examining…

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December 26, 2022 |

KB Home on Design Trends for 2023

Gena Kirk, VP of KB Home Design Studio, recently spoke with KBB about the major home design trends she sees for the upcoming year. Summarized here, the discussion touched on color, wellness, materials and space planning. Design Trend 01: Grounding…

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December 12, 2022 |

Diner-Inspired Kitchen Design

As interiors continue to be shaped by waves of nostalgia and inspiration from the past, the classic diner has yet to fully get its due. To bring this retro setting into the future, Formica tapped three interior designers to bring…

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November 11, 2022 |

The Luxury of a Connected Home

What comes to mind when one thinks of the word “luxury?” Beautiful finishes in a spacious home? The taste of an excellent champagne? What about the fit and craftsmanship of a high-end automobile? Focus on that last example for a…

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November 2, 2022 | ,

International Wood 2022 Published

The International Wood Products Association (IWPA) released the 2022 edition of the award-winning publication, International Wood: The Guide to Applications, Sources and Trends (IW 2022). Now in its 19th edition, the magazine highlights the various unique and innovative projects utilizing…

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October 20, 2022 |

Designing Outdoor Spaces and Kitchens

On this week’s From the Tap podcast, I am welcoming Brian Brown, principal of Brian Brown Studio in San Diego, California. We discussed a residential design element that’s essential in his endless-summer market – outdoor spaces. Our conversation began with…

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September 22, 2022 |

Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas Opens

The Third Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas officially opens to the public Thursday, September 22 at 9250 Meadowbrook Drive in Old Preston Hollow’s Sunnybrook Estates Neighborhood. Due to unforeseen circumstances surrounding the Preston Hollow Neighborhood, this year’s Dallas…

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September 19, 2022 | ,

The Future of Home is Humane

Last week’s “Future of Home” conference underscored the role of wellness – not only in residential interiors, but on a personal level as it pertains to design professionals. Recognizing how the last couple years have put insanely intense pressures on…

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September 12, 2022 |

Color Palette Exclusive from BlueStar

BlueStar, the manufacturer of professional-grade kitchen appliances for the home, announces a first-of-its-kind collaboration – an exclusive color palette available across BlueStar appliances, chosen by acclaimed interior designer and HGTV star Alison Victoria. The collection features ten shades of green…

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September 8, 2022 |

Feng Shui in Interior Design

On this week’s From the Tap podcast, we welcome Julie Schuster, founder and principal of Julie Schuster Design Studio in New York City and the president of the NKBA Manhattan chapter. We discussed a pillar of her practice – feng…

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August 12, 2022 |

Design’s Effect on Mood

It is a design professional’s challenge to create a home that allows its inhabitants to thrive. Beyond photo-ready rooms and drafting floor plans, there is another layer to that challenge: Getting to know your clients is deeper than familiarizing yourself…

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August 8, 2022 |

“Dream Kitchens”: A 50-State Survey

How would Americans design their dream kitchens? Perhaps their “forever kitchens” include designer-approved features like a butler’s pantry, mosaic tile backsplash, or waterfall countertops. Maybe they crave the convenience of a pot filler faucet or a double oven. To find…

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June 22, 2022 | ,

All About Vegan Design

Deborah DiMare, founder and principal of DiMare Design, which has studios in New York, Miami and Palm Beach, discusses a driving force in her practice: vegan design. Our conversation began with Deborah recalling the origin of her awareness of vegan…

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June 13, 2022 |

Wellness and Intentional Design

Recent experience and research have proved that there’s a greater meaning to “value” than the resale type when designing kitchen and baths. The best payback isn’t in dollars and sense; it’s calculated in clients’ personal happiness, wellness and security. “Our…

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May 30, 2022 |

Color Trends 2024

This article was originally published on May 30, 2022; it was updated on June 23, 2023, July 25, 2023, August 16, 2023 and September 11, 2023. While the annual color forecasts for this year are already history, the business of…

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March 4, 2022 |

Daltile Releases 2022 Trend Report

Daltile has recently launched its first Daltile Trend Report 2022. The report was produced in collaboration with the brand’s lead product designer Laura Grilli and is a culmination of canvassed input from the worlds of fashion, interior design, psychology and…

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February 28, 2022 |

Color My World

Almost two years later, and we are still navigating our way through a global pandemic. One positive that has come out of our collective experience is the desire to persevere and move forward, which I think we can say is…

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January 12, 2022 |

Ferguson Shares 10 New Design Trends

The product experts at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery present Trends & Influences VII, featuring design trends, innovations in plumbing, lighting and appliances. The lookbook was developed with thoughtful insight from industry influencers, style icons and leading market research….

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December 27, 2021 |

Aging in Place Projects Homeowner Survey

Modernize Home Services has released findings from its survey on homeowners’ plans to invest in “aging in place” improvements. More than 2,000 homeowners actively seeking contractors through Modernize participated in the study in November 2021. A majority of homeowners – 69%…

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December 27, 2021 |

Alfresco Living

It used to be that outdoor kitchens were grand endeavors as part of larger, luxury homes. These days, outdoor living spaces – not just outdoor kitchens – are more attainable for homeowners, as the desire to include them as extensions…

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November 15, 2021 |

Kohler Taps into New Design Trends

Last week, Kohler conducted a two-day online event that brought together leading design thinkers, wellness experts and kitchen and bath product developers to explore what’s ahead in residential design trends. From smart home technology to becoming a positive force for…

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October 25, 2021 |

A Look Inside the Kingston Design Showhouse

For the Kingston Design Showhouse, the Kingston Design Connection partnered with the Kingston City Land Bank to further their mission of building community through design by fostering local economic development and creating beautifully designed spaces. The Kingston City Land Bank is a not-for-profit…

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October 13, 2021 |

Tile of Spain Presents New Web Series

Tile of Spain has introduced a new web series called “Meet the Makers.” The international brand representing more than 120 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER) invites you to meet the creative minds responsible…

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October 1, 2021 |

Sherwin-Williams Announces 2022 Color of the Year

Sherwin-Williams welcomes new beginnings with its 2022 Color of the Year Evergreen Fog SW 9130, a nourishing and sophisticated gray-green. After years of cool neutrals and bold jewel tones, Evergreen Fog ushers in a new era of nostalgic mid-tones. “Evergreen Fog is a sophisticated wash of color for…

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September 21, 2021 |

An Airy Blue is AkzoNobel’s Color of the Year 2022

The airy blue of Bright Skies, AkzoNobel’s Color of the Year 2022, has been translated into colors and finishes for wood coatings, bringing a breath of fresh air to wood product manufacturers. After a spell of feeling shut in, people are craving expansion. Extensive global trend research conducted by a team of in-house paints…

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September 13, 2021 |

Antolini Launches First Stoneroom

Antolini recently introduced its first-ever stone showroom, the Stoneroom. Designed by Alessandro La Spada and dedicated entirely to the world of natural stone, this unique gallery presented by Antolini provided a special voyage through illustrious works and the wonders of…

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August 19, 2021 |

Sherwin-Williams Colormix Forecast for 2022

Sherwin-Williams is announcing its 2022 Colormix Forecast: MODE, a collection of trend-forward hues that embrace creativity, intention and discovery. The forecast welcomes a new MODE of treasuring each transition and experiencing a new way of being in beautiful, living color across 40 hues and four curated…

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August 18, 2021 |

Today’s Kitchen Sees Rapid Changes

Where most of today’s kitchen technology focuses on assisting homeowners with meal prep, laundry, cleaning, maintenance and other chores, tomorrow’s home will take care of itself – and take care of the homeowners before they even voice their wants and…

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July 28, 2021 |

Summer Issue of Cambria Style Available

The Summer 2021 issue of Cambria Style, the award-winning design and luxury lifestyle publication created by Cambria, is out now. Cambria Style inspires consumers and design professionals alike by setting industry trends with intelligent and visually striking features on style and design, including exclusive project reveals and home tours, product roundups,…

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June 16, 2021 |

Social Media Analysis Reveals Popular Homeware Brands

According to recent research conducted by HubSpot, 71% of social media users are more likely to purchase products and services based on social media referrals. With new home interior trends emerging every day, many look to Instagram and TikTok for homeware inspiration. Interested in this, the experts at OnlineMortgageAdvisor.co.uk wanted to discover…

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March 30, 2021 |

Emser Tile Debuts 2021 Trends Guide

Emser Tile, leading designer, marketer and producer of the world’s finest tile and natural stone, has introduced its 72-page guide to 2021 trends featuring the company’s newest design collections. Authentic Materials “Natural, handmade materials with highly tactile textures that are…

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February 23, 2021 |

Coverings Announces Top 10 Tile Trends for 2021

Coverings, the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, has announced the 2021 tile trends forecasted by three leading international tile associations and sponsors of Coverings, Ceramics of Italy/Confindustria Ceramica, Ceramic Tile Manufacturers Association of Spain…

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February 5, 2021 |

Home Renovation Market Sentiment Mixed Among Home Pros in Q1, Houzz Barometer Finds

Houzz Inc., a platform for home remodeling and design, released its Q1 2021 Houzz Renovation Barometer, which tracks residential renovation market expectations, project backlogs and recent activity among businesses in the construction sector and the architectural and design services sector in the U.S. The Houzz Barometer points to positive sentiment for home renovation activity in the first…

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January 15, 2021 |

Behind the Products: Lighting

There is no design without light. Whether brought in through windows, overhead through functional can lighting or with a touch of character in artistic pendants and chandeliers, light fixtures will always play an important part in design. KBB spoke with…

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November 19, 2020 |

2021 Houzz Home Design Predictions

Houzz, a leading platform for home remodeling and design, has released its top 10 home design trend predictions for 2021. With a community of millions of homeowners and more than 2.5 million active home remodeling and design professionals, Houzz has…

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November 18, 2020 |

LIXIL Marks World Toilet Day 2020

On November 19, LIXIL celebrates World Toilet Day 2020 by marking improved access to toilets for 21 million people in over 38 countries.¹ As part of the commemoration, LIXIL will release the first progress report for the ‘Make a Splash!’…

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October 22, 2020 |

Neolith Launches Virtual Experience

Neolith, the pioneering brand of sintered stone, has launched a new digital platform: Neolith Virtual Experience. This powerful new tool brings its collection of more than 50 colors and finishes from the showroom direct to the customer home. Ongoing and…

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September 30, 2020 |

AIA Releases Latest 2030 Commitment Results

Architects and engineers participating in The American Institute of Architects’ 2030 Commitment are reporting the greatest reduction in predicted energy use (pEUI) in the program’s 10-year history. “This year marks a critical inflection point for the program and climate action,”…

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August 3, 2020 |

On the Surface

By Dianne M. Pogoda Tile, stone, wood, glass, metal — just like the clothes we wear, the surfaces in our homes set a tone and often establish a distinct design personality. August’s free webinar series, generously sponsored by the Ceramic Tile…

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July 29, 2020 |

WASHLET Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

TOTO, the world’s largest plumbing manufacturer with more than $5.47 billion in annual sales, announced today that 40 years ago, the company introduced WASHLET, its high-luxe, electronic bidet seat. A neologism arising from “Let’s Wash,” WASHLET is a registered trademark…

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May 11, 2020 |

Changing Spaces

By Patricia Gaylor I’m sure you can all agree we are living in an unprecedented time. Before COVID-19, our industry was experiencing exponential growth (in a good way), with the onslaught of new technology that we all witnessed at KBIS…

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February 14, 2020 |

Products with Staying Power

Editor’s Note: We featured an article on this topic in our January 2020 issue, but we had more information we wanted to expand on in an online feature. Timeless and classic can describe a design style, a type of material…

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February 3, 2020 |

Decorating on Trend

We’ve all seen the Top 10 lists of electronics, colors, wellness features and other design elements that are supposed to be key if you want to give your projects a fresh, up-to-date look for the new decade. But how do…

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