Trendspotting: KBIS and IBS 2015

The Merlot Marketing team is fresh from our trip to Las Vegas where we represented our amazing clients at Kitchen & Design Week. What an amazing show! We spotted some major trends that we just had to share. So, without further delay, here are the Top 6 Building and Design Trends of 2015, as spotted by the Merlot Marketing team.

1) Cool gray casts a wide net

Gray continues to lead the category of modern neutrals, and our team reported seeing variations that  ranged from warm and soft, to bold and and filled with character and personality. A good example is the all-new Eldorado Stone Ashland TundraBrick which is reminiscent of buildings that have aged through decades of exposure to the elements. On the other end of the spectrum are the deep gray kitchen cabinets displayed by Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.

Ashland TundraBrick

New Ashland Tundra Brick by Eldorado Stone


Bold gray kitchen cabinets by Wellborn Cabinets, Inc.

3. Customization is king

According to consumer research reported at the Kitchen & Bath Design News breakfast, younger generations of homeowners increasingly want to design spaces that reflect their individuality and personality. Perhaps that is why so many companies are providing opportunities to incorporate customized appliances and features in homes. Dacor, the California-based luxury appliance manufacturer, now offers the DacorMatch™ Color System which enables customers to have their kitchen appliances matched to any color of the rainbow. Another notable example of this trend is the Kanvas Collection by Aquabrass. This collection offers hand-painted, limited edition bathtubs for the chicest bathroom designers.


The DacorMatch Color System enables homeowners and designers to customize kitchen appliances.

Kanvas Collection by Aquabrass

The Kanvas Collection by Aquabrass

3) Fashion influencing interior design

Fashion continues to influence home design trends, and brands like Walker Zanger are incorporating traditional prints into building materials. Its Sterling Row line, which is inspired by traditional menswear and prints, was recognized as Best of KBIS.

WalkerZanger Sterling Row

Fashion inspires interior design, such as the Walker Zanger Sterling Row tile collection.

4) Brands remaining true to the red, white and blue

American brands that manufacture products in America are increasingly popular. American consumers want to reduce their carbon footprint, and to support companies that keep jobs stateside. Brands like True Residential, Dacor, and Blum manufacture proudly manufacture products in America.

True appliances are proudly manufactured in the USA.

True appliances are proudly manufactured in the USA.

Made in America Dacor

Dacor cooking appliances are made in America.

5) Seamless transitions from indoor to outdoor

Designers and architects are increasingly looking for ways to blend indoor comforts with outdoor living. We see this with fabrics, appliances, and even walls. NanaWall Systems, for example, offers the most luxurious way to enjoy the perfect view — with a folding wall made of glass. Eldorado Stone offers its new Sanderling Marquee Limestone, which has been designed to be both an interior and exterior stone profile.

NanaWall Systems

NanaWall Systems folding doors can be opened and closed with one hand.

Eldorado Stone Marquee Limestone

The newest offering from Eldorado Stone, Marquee Limestone is designed for interior and exterior applications.

6) Functionality and practicality 

Increasingly, consumers want spaces that are functional and beautiful. They want to maximize their space and they want building products to make life easier. Drawer and cabinet systems, like the one showcased by Ovation Cabinetry, offer built-in organization; folding walls by NanaWall Systems can be closed with a single hand; and Dacor offers voice activation and remote control compatibility with its Discovery iQ products.

Blum #kitchen

Blum undermount and runner with blue motion feature make for easy and convenient access.

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