Refrigerators with mood lighting, steam showers and glittering benchtops. This is what we’ve been delaying our renovations for, and they were all on display recently at the 2023 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas.
Among emerging kitchen and bath trends were shades of graphite nickel and gunmetal on surfaces in both bathroom and kitchen, black onyx tapware and marbled countertops ‘glittering with alloy-embedded veining’.
One can never have enough fridge space, so the designers at True Residential have come up with their Joining Kits, which allow units to be connected side-by-side to create wall-spanning refrigeration systems. So now we can have refrigerator, freezer, wine, or beverage columns ‘seamlessly grouped together’.
Alternatively, there’s LG Studio’s colourful, LED-lit ‘MoodUP’ refrigerator. Once installed, homeowners can choose from thousands of hues for their appliance, allowing them to customise, mix, and match panels, no hardware required.
For the bathroom, Brizo showcased its Mystix Steam System, which can be pre-set with user preferences and offers options for aromatherapy, chromotherapy, and audiotherapy.
Wellness was a feature with other brands. Following on the nightmares of a global pandemic, Moen introduced its Verso Rainshower with Magnetix, which simplifies cleaning the showerhead – just detach it from the magnetised shower arm. Likewise, Legrand joined up with antimicrobial leader Microban to produce switchers, dimmers, and wall plates touted as being 99.9% cleaner than unprotected surfaces, putting an end to our anxiety about surface germs in one area of the home, at least.