From the Floor - KBIS 2022
Our industrial wood color material and finish expert, Eric Crosby, recently attended KBIS 2022 and reported back on the top themes he saw as he walked the show floor.
Shades of Green
From pale, icy subway tiles to hunter green and British racing green cabinets, this hue created a lush color story at KBIS. We saw these colors paired with grays, natural and blonde wood finishes that felt raw and organic. Emphasis on mental wellness and a desire to retreat is a key driver for these calming design elements. As the boundaries between indoor and outdoor continue to blur, we will see these nature-inspired hues play more of a role in interiors.
Lending itself to the idea of calm and wellness, we once again saw blues as a prominent trend at KBIS. The color blue represents technology while providing a sense of wellbeing, inner reflectivity, and spirituality. Although navies and inky tones will always be classics, they gave way to cleaner and lighter hues at the show this year. Reminiscent of water and mineral elements, these finishes were paired with earthy, organic wood tones or used transparently to allow the wood grain to show through.
Neutral tones are timeless, versatile and continuing to skew warmer. We saw the beginnings of this at Maison et Objet in 2019 and the trend has continued to hold strong with prevalence at KBIS. Used on everything from countertops and floors to walls, these colors pair well with matte medium to light wood finishes in colors like mushroom and sharkskin. These elements, when combined with linen textures, pebble tiles, rattan, and warm quartz and stone, create a casual, lived-in vibe.
Contrast was big at KBIS, from bold color combinations to mixed materials and the intersection of different styles. Most of the lighter wood tones were shown in closet designs, and baths, but throughout the show, the juxtaposition of blacks and near blacks with light, grain-revealing whitewashed finishes on oak and ash were prevalent. We continue to see casual, organic finishes mixed with cleaner modern styling. The lines blur when industrial is combined with contemporary and traditional to create a feeling of warmth and personalization.