Black is Back

When designing any space for my clients, my motto has always been  Family + Function = Fabulous.  My spaces have to not only be beautiful but to be a total success, they also need to function for the way each family lives.  This motto was reflected in so many of the products featured this year at KBIS.  One of the most impactful design trends this year was Black. 

The power, drama and sophistication of black is making a come back in a big way.

1.  True Residential 36” Glass Door Refrigerator Column - Matte Black refrigerators were a show stopper. Add copper or silver chunky hardware for an extra punch.

2. Move over all white— this tub by Victoria and Albert has a matte black outside with a glossy white interior making it like a tuxedo for any bathroom.

3.  Krauss Urbix bridge Faucet- a matte black finish with a surprise in store, making it a crowd favorite turning blue, pink, or any color when the water runs hot. Safety first!

4.  Speaking of faucets, Brizo killed it with their Kinsu Bath Collection which is inspired by the Japanese art of mending broken pieces of pottery by adding lacquers of silver, gold and copper.  Not only are these pieces stunning, they are art for the bathroom. With multiple finishes, a black onyx being one of them, this line with interchangeable accents such as concrete, teal or mother of pearl to name a few, is absolutely stunning!

5.  Kohler brought"farmhouse" sinkto a whole new level by not only showing them in black but also adding a molded design to the front.  But if you love a more true farmhouse style, this leggy sink by Kohler would fit perfect in many of my laundry room designs.

6. Black marble is back with some beautiful options, sort of a reverse on the white a gray quartz and marble products, I saw rich black backgrounds with lighter veining throughout. This example here makes me think of dark chocolate with caramel drizzle.....mmmm delish!

7. Shower doors - we’ve all seen the black window frames and mullions become incredibly popular in architecture over the last several years and now you can have that same look on your shower doors! Instead of making your door out of forged steel, Dream Shower uses a heat application to paint on the grids to look like metal when in fact this is a much more cost effective process and not to mention very durable and user friendly! There is nothing on the inside of the shower glass. It’s all only applied on the outside of the shower door. Absolutely genius!      

Black is certainly making a come back in the world of kitchen and bath design and I am very excited to incorporate these new design elements into my future projects. Whether in large or small amounts, the above products will leave a mark on your next design.

If you're interested in hearing more on the latest kitchen and bath trends, pick up the April issue of Kitchen & Bath Business Magazine and take a sneak peak at a few of my favorite finds.


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