For cabinet manufacturers, the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s (NKBA) annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is one of the biggest events of the year. Held in tandem with the National Association of Home Builder’s (NAHB) International Building Show as part of Design & Construction Week, KBIS (pronounced “kay-biz”) brought more than 100,000 attendees to the Las Vegas Convention Center February 19th-21st, 2019.
“Both shows are held the same week and they take up the entire convention center in Las Vegas, all three buildings,” said Sara Anderson, Inside Sales Manager for Timber Products Company.
“At some shows, you see exhibitors twiddling their thumbs waiting for someone to talk to. KBIS was so busy, it was difficult to get a photo without people in it. Every booth had a line of people waiting to speak to someone. I think that’s promising.”
At this year’s show, Anderson and other members of Timber Products’ staff met with current customers and prospects while taking in the latest kitchen and bath design trends.
“Painted cabinetry continues to be popular, but we noticed a trend away from stark to more neutral colors to warm up that open space,” said Anderson.
Kitchen Cabinet Design Trends for 2019
Because cabinets are an essential element in the design and layout of a kitchen, keeping on top of technology and trends helps us anticipate customer needs.
“Something new we saw was a mix and match of textures; for example, all acrylic in the upper cabinetry and wood on the lower cabinets near the range or on the center island,” Anderson explained.
“Open concept kitchens are still big, and appliance manufacturers placed a strong focus on smart homes,” Anderson said. “LG, Samsung, they’re all pushing smart appliances and the idea of the kitchen as the hub of the home - because of the amount of time people spend there.
“Samsung had a family hub refrigerator they were promoting heavily. For us, it’s something to keep in mind and design around that smart home feature,” Anderson said.
Timber Products Company staff enjoyed connecting with customers at KBIS 2019, and we look forward to seeing everyone at future shows. Learn more about how Timber Products supports North America’s cabinet manufacturers.