KBIS (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) co-located with IBS (International Builders’ Show) was THE place to be January 31st-February 2nd at the Las Vegas Convention Center. KBIS/IBS is where industry insiders go to discover fresh design solutions, expand their networks and fine tune their skills through educational opportunities. This year, JBC director of business development, Lary Skow, walked the show taking in the sights and meeting with vendors and customers alike.
His observations and takeaways:
Attendance was the highest I have seen in more than a decade. Lines were long, halls were full. This is a good sign for the home improvement industry even though interest rates are high, there is plenty of work to be had.
Trend wise, paint looks are still dominant. Wood grains were subtle and understated. Shaker (or variations of a flat panel door) along with slab dominated the majority of the kitchen displays. When it comes to finishes, tones of blues and greens were prevalent, with almost every kitchen and vanity company showing one or more shades of green. Keep your eyes peeled for JBC’s take on this as ’23 moves forward.
There were also some attractive displays with subtle stone finishes that looked lovely when paired with a neutral super matte. This was featured in some of the German kitchen displays. Straight from Europe comes less of a focus on wood grains. Solid colors paired with stone patterns could be a potential new trend for the North American market.
KBIS/IBS returns to Las Vegas in 2024. Mark your calendars for February 27-29. Hope to see you there!