Trendspotting: Part 2 – Video from KBIS/IBS 2018

Design & Construction Week 2018 brought the world’s top luxury kitchen, bath and building brands together to showcase the latest products, trends and technologies for the new year, and Merlot’s trendspotters walked the show floor to bring you the hottest trends of 2018!


1. Copper – Thompson Traders

Looking for the Fountain of Youth? The beauty of copper improves with age making it a material of choice for homeowners and designers. Thompson Traders is leading this trend by debuting hand-hammered curvy copper sinks and bath tubs – which are both elegant and substantial to the touch. Beauty that lasts a lifetime? We’re in!

2. Moody Palettes – Eldorado Stone

Do you think brick is boring? Not anymore.  Eldorado Stone adds a new dimension to the look of brick with two new hues. Set a sultry mood with Ironside; a matte black brick with red undertones that add depth to darker design palettes or lighten up with the earthy Latigo; a predominantly white brick with splashes of ivory and shades of grey that creates an air of sophistication.

3. Pro-Style Kitchen Suites – THOR Kitchen

The high-price tag of a premium kitchen suite leaves most home chefs out in the cold. THOR Kitchen introduces a complete top-performing, energy efficient, pro-style kitchen suite; range, refrigerator, vent hood, and dishwasher, all for less than $5,000. THOR may be the stuff of legends but affordable pro-style kitchen suites is now the real deal.

4. Large Glass Walls – NanaWall Systems

If a room with a view is more your style, this floor-to-ceiling glass wall, called cero by NanaWall Systems, is a must-have. With superior design and engineering, these oversized panels with minimal framing and maximum natural lighting. Choose from a variety of shades, hues, and glazing options to top off this innovative trend. It’s the next best thing to being outside!

5. Crown Moulding – Metrie

Home makeover shows may have brought crown molding to your T.V. but Metrie brings it right into your home in finishes that would make Do-It-Yourself celebs envious. Moulding gives a room the royal treatment; add a crown over a door, window, or the mantel on a fireplace, and instantly transform a space into a stage that tells a story.

6. Stainless Steel Niches – ESS

When shampoos, shower gels, and soaps threaten to take over the bathroom, ESS has the perfect solution with wall storage you didn’t even realize you had. The Container Series is a collection of stainless steel wall niches in various colors and sizes to match any bathroom style. This is one “wall flower” that does fit in.

If you missed Part 1 of our Trendspotting at Design & Construction Week 2018, check it out here.

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