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K&B trends in Italy and England
differ from those in North America,
but some of them also resonate
If you've ever attended EuroCucina and the International Bathroom
Exhibition in Milan, you know the products you see there are much different than those you see here in the U.S. While we are seeing more infiltration of European influence in kitchen and bath projects and products
- especially kitchen cabinetry and spa elements in bathrooms - there is
still a need to stay a bit "safer" on our side of the pond.
"In North America as a whole, we are behind, and trends are going to
shift whether we like it or not," said Mike Hetherman, CKD, president/CEO
of Willis, a building materials distributor in Ontario.
He says movement and function of cabinets are most important in
Europe at the moment, and as homeowners in North America see these
trends via the Internet, they too will become desirable here. Floating cabinets and vanities, under-vanity nightlights, functional drawer and door
storage, more linear lines in the lavatory and the evolution of barn doors
are some trends he noted are popular in Europe.
According to a panel discussion on the KBIS NeXT stage during KBIS
2015 titled "Design around the World," there is less of a need in Europe to
be careful with color and design - often times because there is less of
a draw to boost property value for resale. But while there will always be
some cultural differences in terms of what homeowners desire in the U.S.
versus what they want in Europe, there are some similarities, too.
The following is a breakdown of some of the kitchen and bath trends
seen in England and Italy.
Scavolini just released its Magnifica bathroom collection, which introduces
such elements such as Swarovski-studded handles, gold leaf accents and
sculpted legs on the vanities.
Designer Kelly Hoppen's bathrooms combine clean lines, complementary
symmetry and neutral tones. Photo by Mel Yates.
Although spa-like bathrooms are gaining popularity in the U.S., they
have been around for several years in Europe, according to Kelly Hoppen
of London-based Kelly Hoppen Interiors.
"The bathroom is one of my favorite rooms," she said. "I have always
regarded the bathroom as a ceremonial place because of my Eastmeets-West philosophy - where one can de-stress after a long day."
In terms of choosing a tub or a shower, Hoppen says it depends on
what the client prefers.
"It is important to ensure that the space works for your clients, so if they
love to spend hours in the tub then make sure this is the main feature of
their bathroom," she added. "I would say that a lot of people like to have
the option between a bath and a shower, so they tend to keep both."
Here's more of what she says is popular regarding the bathrooms in
her neck of the woods:
* Calacatta and Carrara marble have had a huge resurgence - and
the more pattern, the better.
* Large statement and freestanding baths are also very "in" because
people attach more importance to bathrooms than they used to.
* In terms of showerheads, water pressure is important, as well as
adjustability and practicality.
* Digital showering is very up and coming because it enables users
to control and operate a shower or bath before they even step in.
* Wood inlays work very well in a bathroom, as well as black marble.
"My bathrooms are always beautifully simple and combine clean
lines, complementary symmetry and neutral tones - resulting in the
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of KBB - October 2015
KBB - October 2015
Show Director’s Note
People & Places
Great Gatsby Baths
Making an Entrance
Readers’ Choice Award Winners
KBIS Countdown to Design & Construction Week®
KBB - October 2015 - Intro
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KBB - October 2015 - Contents
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KBB - October 2015 - Online Contents
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KBB - October 2015 - Editor’s Note
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KBB - October 2015 - Show Director’s Note
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KBB - October 2015 - People & Places
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KBB - October 2015 - Better Business
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KBB - October 2015 - Solutions
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KBB - October 2015 - All Abroad
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KBB - October 2015 - Design Features
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KBB - October 2015 - Making an Entrance
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KBB - October 2015 - Readers’ Choice Award Winners
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KBB - October 2015 - Trends
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