Modern Living: Kitchen & Bath Ideas for 2017

Looking for ideas to update your kitchen or bath space? Here’s a sneak preview of the modern looks and new innovations you’ll be seeing in the coming year.

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Photos courtesy Kitchen & Bath Industry Show


From high-efficiency and environmentally friendly products to streamlined storage solutions and retro-inspired appliances, some of the latest and greatest innovations in the kitchen, bath and home-building profession will be showcased at the first-ever upcoming 2017 Design & Construction Week.

“I don’t think there’s another industry show ahead of us [in 2017],” says Beth Meiklejohn, who handles media relations for the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show.

Making its debut Jan. 10-12 in Orlando, Fla., Design & Construction Week is a partnership of the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show and the National Association of Home Builders International Builders’ Show. It will draw more than 80,000 people in the design and construction industry from around the world.

“It’s everyone from designers to custom home builders to people who are really focused in the kitchen and bath industry,” Meiklejohn says.

The Trends
In its 2016 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Report, the NKBA reported some of the biggest home fashions for the year were grey and white/off-white kitchen color schemes, with mixed colors on the rise. NKBA members reported pairing creamy whites with charcoal and other light/dark combinations. Customers also requested simplified storage — think pullouts, tilt-ups, rollouts and hidden outlets — in both kitchens and bathrooms.

Another recent trend is the emergence of pet spaces in the kitchen. These dog- and cat-friendly additions include built-in feeding stations, food storage and crates.

As for bathrooms, NKBA style spotters noted a greater acceptance of aging-in-place amenities, including no-threshold showers and chair-height toilets. Other trends include open shelving and floating vanities, as well as “hidden” electrical outlets for blow dryers. Hot this year for master bathrooms are freestanding tubs. Built-in seats and benches for the shower also are growing in popularity.

So what will be en vogue for your kitchen or bathroom in the coming year? Here are some of the innovative products that companies will be showcasing at the 2017 show. 

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