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ALL ABROAD perfect harmony," said Hoppen. "If you can't relax in the privacy of your own bathroom, where can you?" English Kitchen Style European-style (AKA flat-panel) cabinetry is becoming more popular in the U.S. as the contemporary look gains more traction, but transitional is arguably the most desired design style for kitchens. Gray and white kitchens are still all the rage in the U.S., as well as kitchens open to other living spaces in the house, which are similar trends seen in England. According to Jamie Telford, director of Roundhouse in London, U.S.-style fridge/freezers are popular there as well. He cited these additional popular kitchen trends in England: * Mixing materials and textures is a big story, e.g., burnished metallic finishes used with limed and painted rough-sawn oak and textured timber with polished concrete. * Kitchen pantries (larders) are big news following Prime Minister David Cameron's kitchen larder being seen in the press. Pantries can offer hidden storage with pocket doors that include spice and bottle racks, deep drawers for cereal packets and plenty of shelving for dry goods. * With the trend toward open-plan living, kitchens are becoming more furniture like with built-in shelving for books and large islands used as social hubs for family and friends. * Gray is a lead color here too, but it is often offset by the use of an interesting wood veneer to warm up the scheme. "People spend so much time in the kitchen, it shouldn't just be functional but needs to be accessorized and styled in a way that harmonizes with the rest of your home," said Hoppen, who believes that the shape of the kitchen is becoming more important than the embellishment of the finish. In terms of color - just like in the U.S. - white is a very popular kitchen choice in England, and in terms of texture, matte appears to be trumping lacquer. "I love to make kitchens very high tech," said Hoppen, adding that popular additions include wine coolers, massive refrigerators, functional ovens and - if you can fit them in - pizza ovens. "I love massive electric appliances that make your life easy," she added. Italian Kitchen Style According to Larry Allen, North America CEO and managing director of Gessi, "Because the exterior architecture in Italian cities is so ornate with history and classic architecture, the interiors are more polished and streamlined." Clients in Italy seek the sleek lines and low profiles that are associated with a more modern style. Niki Serras, owner of the Scavolini Chicago and Detroit stores, says many kitchens designed by Scavolini Italy are about finding a compromise between form and function in a way that can be warm and approachable - while still satisfying the modern aesthetic. Here are more trends Serras says are prevalent in Italy's kitchens today: * It's all about unusual or idealized materials in a soft, organic color palette. * Handle-less applications are prevalent in kitchen cabinetry. * Mixing "earthy" materials like a textured melamine door or a porcelain door with a sleek matte glass is really popular right now. 20 K+BB Roundhouse's Fulham Pantry has been featured in The Times as an example of the cavernous, hidden storage a pantry can provide with pocket doors that include spice and bottle racks; a marble shelf; deep drawers for cereal packets, larger items and vegetables; and plenty of shelving for dry goods. Image provided by Roundhouse. * The classic, modern kitchen of "all white everything" is something that will never go out of style, but I think that the Italians really showcase colors in a way that we in America are just learning to love. * The Italians right now are all about a neutral palette and are also moving away from glossy finishes to using matte. * Black is back! It is being woven into designs to bring depth to all the earth tones being used. It's a really sharp contrast to all the soft colors and textures we are using. * Must-have appliances include counter-depth, integrated refrigeration units and paneled dishwashers. We see clients wanting to 'hide' as many of the appliances as possible. Bagnos in Italy In terms of bathrooms, Serras says people are spending more time and money than ever in this room. "That means two things. First, the design must be in line with the look in the rest of the home, and the bathroom must function effortlessly for our daily rituals." More Italian bathroom trends cited by Serras include: * There is a trend toward a spa-like getaway experience with a bigger emphasis on the personalization of the space rather than the obvious "spa" design choices in terms of colors or materials. * The bathrooms often match styles with the kitchen as well as the rest of the home's design. * Soft neutrals play especially well in the bathroom. * The two most important elements in the bathroom are the tile and the showerhead. * A good soaking tub is often included in a bathroom that has ample space to make that kind of visual impact. * While suspended bath cabinets have been around for a few years, they are still fresh and modern. n - By Chelsie Butler October 2015 / www.kbbonline.com / The Official Sponsor of KBIS www.kbis.com http://www.kbbonline.com http://www.kbis.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of KBB - October 2015

KBB - October 2015
Contents
Online Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
People & Places
Better Business
Solutions
All Abroad
Cover Story
Great Gatsby Baths
Design Features
Making an Entrance
Readers’ Choice Award Winners
KBIS Countdown to Design & Construction Week®
Trends
Products
Learning Corner
KBB - October 2015 - Intro
KBB - October 2015 - KBB - October 2015
KBB - October 2015 - Cover2
KBB - October 2015 - 1
KBB - October 2015 - Contents
KBB - October 2015 - 3
KBB - October 2015 - Online Contents
KBB - October 2015 - 5
KBB - October 2015 - Editor’s Note
KBB - October 2015 - 7
KBB - October 2015 - Show Director’s Note
KBB - October 2015 - 9
KBB - October 2015 - People & Places
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KBB - October 2015 - 12
KBB - October 2015 - 13
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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