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From the Editor
by Arlen Schweiger
How Do You Connect with
Kitchen & Bath Designers?
NKBA's
2022 Design
Trends Report
survey-takers
" rarely " or
" never " enlist
" technology
experts " on 72%
of kitchen and
76% of bath
projects.
IT'S A COMMON REFRAIN THAT KITCHENS
and bathrooms are the most important rooms
for upgrades, but do smart home seekers
even know how intelligent their kitchens and
bathrooms can be? Probably not, and neither
do many of the designers they may be hiring.
According to the 2022 Design Trends
Report from the National Kitchen & Bath Association,
whose members will be attending
their annual big tradeshow event this month
at KBIS (Feb. 8-10 in Orlando, Fla.), projects
including integrated technology remain in the
minority for the report's surveyed designers,
specifiers, remodelers, architects, etc. Only
30% of kitchen projects and 21% of bath projects
had integrated tech features.
Those numbers correlate well with how
infrequently designers, et al., are turning to
custom integrators. NKBA's survey-takers
" rarely " or " never " enlist " technology experts "
on 72% of kitchen and 76% of bath projects.
" I would say the majority of designers,
Arlen Schweiger is
executive editor of
CE Pro. He can be
reached at
arlen.schweiger@
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@ArlenSchweiger
they're just not there yet, " NKBA VP of Marketplace
Pam McNally told me during CEDIA
Expo 2021 in Indianapolis. " Even high-end
designers, a lot of times clients are thinking
looks first and how I live first but not technology,
so as a result maybe the designer isn't
thinking about technology either. "
The NKBA report asked about technology
in addition to features such as colors, furnishings,
materials and more. In estimating top
in-demand tech over the next three years,
when it comes to kitchens the survey-takers
expect: dedicated areas for mobile device/
laptop charging and viewing (64%); app control
of appliances (50%); refrigerator emergency
power (49%); elevated water purification
(44%); voice-activated lighting controls
(42%); automatic flood detector and alerts
(40%); voice-activated appliances (38%); and
wall-mounted touchpanels (38%).
On the bathroom side, respondents cited:
connected mirrors, scales, etc. (54%); app
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control to start shower/heat in the morning
(51%); motion sensor controls for lighting
(47%); integrated speakers for audio (44%);
built-in display for videos/music/Internet
(42%); voice-activated lighting controls (40%);
leak detection with sensors and alerts (40%);
voice controls for faucets/tubs/showers
(39%); and preset lighting schemes (30%).
Does all that sound familiar? NKBA
addressed LED lighting fixtures separately,
and 100% of respondents listed LEDs as
the top sustainability demand. Meanwhile,
color-changing LEDs as part of integrated
" chromatherapy " technology polled at 30%
for anticipated in-demand bathroom tech.
" A couple things that we're doing, " McNally
mentioned when we chatted about bridging
the integrator/designer divide. " The first is to
educate our members, our designers about
why they would need an integrator, how they
would need an integrator, what does that
mean, some of the things they should ask. "
It's not that designers and specifiers are
embarrassed to inquire, she notes, but that
they're " probably not feeling comfortable
about approaching an integrator to start that
conversation. What we do is host webinars,
events ... that are inspirational, educational,
but more importantly networking and collaboration
events.
" So we get them together and they're
talking - because on the integrator side a
lot of them don't know how to reach out
to designers, don't know how to work with
them, and also where to meet them. "
For integrators who want to be proactive,
where to begin? Of course, there's attending
KBIS, but McNally suggests dealers try a local
NKBA chapter meeting even (check nkba.
org). " We'll set it up for you, " she says.
To borrow from the classic " Casablanca " as
it celebrates an 80th anniversary this year,
I think this is the beginning of a beautiful
friendship. What do you think?
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