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The Best of KBIS 2016

Bam!  Another show is in the books and although it’s been a busy week “back at the ranch”, I’ve been dying to share my finds with you right here on Artful Kitchens.

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The panel! From left to right, yours truly, Reva Kussmaul of Eye for Detail, Tom Silva of This Old House, Nar Bustamante of Nar Fine Carpentry and Moderator Chelsie Butler, Executive Editor, Kitchen and Bath Business Magazine

Las Vegas was host to three days of networking and education for the best of the Kitchen & Bath industry.  As a member of the Kitchen & Bath Business Magazine’s Advisory Board,  I had the pleasure of appearing on the KBIS Next stage as a part of the panel discussion entitled Trials & Tribulations-Solutions to Your Biggest Kitchen & Bath Challenges. It was an exciting exchange of ideas between both the pros on the panel as well as a savvy and engaged audience.

Vegas Off the Strip


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I also had the opportunity to spend some time in the Las Vegas I like best, off the strip! I hiked in the Red Rock Canyon and visited my friends at Retro Vegas on Main Street. My digs for this trip were with my dear pals Karen, Barry & Wink.  They live in a midcentury modern gem that, rumor has it, was briefly home to Lucille Ball!  They are avid Airbnb’ers and wonderful hosts.  Check it out if you find yourself in Vegas. This location is so convenient to the Convention center I could walk, which I did, once.  Mostly I Ubered. Enough walking happens on the show floor!  So without further ado, here’s my recap of the biggest and most notable trends and products that caught my eye at KBIS2016.



White still reigns.  In fact paint giants Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams have both selected shades of white as their color of the year.  You know I am a huge white fan. It is always the best backdrop for art and design. It also continues to be the favorite cabinet color in my area.  Remember white is not just white, there are an infinite number of varieties you can have fun with.  If you need more punch in your kitchen you could find some great options at the big show.  I saw bright saturated colors in several appliance brands including Bertonazzi, Viking and BlueStar which offers 750 colors!



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Grey has not left the stage.  The newest versions are warm, venturing into taupe territory. Textured wood grains such as cerused oak are really popular. Wood-Mode showed both traditional and contemporary versions of ribbon Mahogany.

Greys, taupes and shades of white were big in both counter tops and cabinets.  Luxury German cabinet manufacturer Poggenpohl introduced their new finish Diamond Grey.  As an alternative I also saw a lot of deep rich natural wood looks.


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Diamond Grey by Poggenpohl

The Perfect Touch

Touch latch technology was EVERYWHERE!  If you prefer a sleek, uninterrupted look for your cabinets and appliances this is for you, a gentle nudge will open your cabinets. This is nothing new but it’s taken off.  I also loved the button that allows you to close this cabinet when you’re done without resorting to dangerous acrobatics (I’m short).

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Feeling Brassy

Actually brass, copper, bronze and myriad versions are hot for plumbing fixtures and hardware.  My favorites were the new BauHaus inspired Litze collection by Brizo Faucets. and Kallista’s Vir Stil collection.


Not Your Grandma’s Corian

If you’re like me Corian has been dead to you since about 1998.  That sentiment has now ended in my book.  I saw a 2″thick sleek contemporary version of Corian that was perfectly at home in The New American Home.  The other exciting thing I saw in counter tops was this quartz by Silestone.  Yes, it’s GOLD!  I just wish the photo could capture it’s sparkly beauty.


Thrills from Thermador

Appliance brand Thermador held a press conference on the show floor to introduce a couple of impressive new products, the 60″ pro range available with steam and a double oven featuring steam and convection.  These are firsts in the industry.


Organize It

Just when I thought we had it all the category of organization it goes to the next level. There was a great representation of brands ranging from Hafele to Rev-A-Shelf to Hardware Resources but Glideware is taking the market by storm.  If you’ve got a mess lurking somewhere I guarantee there’s a way to make it neat and accessible

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Tile Style

My two tile favorites were Michael Berman’s Collection from Walker Zanger and, of course, Ann Sacks who are featuring a new line by L.A. design maven Kelly Wearstler. Love!

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I can IKON

If you read my blog you know I love me my Silgranit sinks, meet IKON the apron front version which easily works in any style kitchen from Traditional to Contemporary. Their Artona  faucet perfectly complements the Silgranit sink.


Stikwood Rocks!

Stikwood’s line of lightweight, real-wood planking offers designers and DIYers a peel-and-stick solution to achieve that perfect, sought-after blend of rustic and modern. It can be used on walls and ceilings and comes in tons of colors, even prints! I’m thinking this could be great on the back of a kitchen island.


Believe me, all this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.  There was so much more to see and learn about at KBIS 2016.  Check out this year’s winners of Best of KBIS for more info and of course if you’d like any more info on what you see here email me at


Gloria Graham-Sollecito

Gloria is a kitchen and bath cabinetry designer with AKBD certification from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. She has also served on the Florida Treasure Coast Chapter's Board of Directors as the VP of Communications. Her work has appeared on This Old House as well as in Florida Design Magazine, K+BB Magazine and the Palm Beach Post. She is co-author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Remodeling Your Kitchen, Illustrated, as well as a freelanced writer contributing occasionally to the Sun Sentinel in the area of kitchen design. She is a proud member of the Blanco Design Council and the illustrious Brizo Blogger 19.

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