The annual Kitchen/Bath Industry Show and Conference set up camp in Las Vegas this year. The giant exposition, which took place in May, hosted more than 900 exhibitors and, despite its location, offered enough enticements of its own to keep attendees indoors and interested for its three-day run. While no dramatic new trends emerged, all of the established product lines were well represented. For kitchens, that meant lots of solid-surface and stone countertops, specialty cabinet finishes, ingenious storage solutions, and both built-in and "professional" stainless steel appliances. In the bathroom, it's still all about adding luxury to the space you've got, with vessel lavs, furniture-like vanities and accessory suites, jetted tubs, big showerheads, warm floors, and spa showers galore. All and all, from the utilitarian to the lavish, there was something for everyone. Here's a quick tour of the floor's most intriguing highlights.
Generally, the focus in cabinetry seems to be on finishes, especially contrasting glazes that emphasize nooks and crannies. Dark finishes are on the rise — not only darker wood hues, but black stains and enamels. At the opposite extreme, cabinets rendered in primary colors and bright tints are experiencing their own little renaissance. Cherry...
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