Yesterday I attended the International Builder Show (IBS) and National Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) both taking place simultaneously during Design & Construction Week at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and let me tell you it’s HUGE. There are tens of thousands of people in the industry that attend. All the major brands you can think of are set up booths, it’s a once a year opportunity to see all the new design and home improvement products and also meet with the reps that work for these major brands and I was SO excited to be there.
I also attended an influencer presentation on design trends which was insightful (see notes at the bottom). I mingled and photographed what I saw and I was like a kid in a candy store. I’d rather fondle tile and faucets and flooring and cabinets than any other products in the world!
I had a press pass and took a ton of pictures so I could share them with you. First here’s a peek at some emerging trends based on products and displays seen on the floor:
One of my most favorite architectural details in a home is an arched entry. It can be the front door, an interior door, or transitions between spaces, but in just about every place I see them I am charmed.
Good flow is key in a home, and while I do like spaces that are open in concept, I also appreciate little nooks and corners that are created by arched transitions. The curve provides a welcome contrast to the many straight lines present in home construction and there are many: where the floors and ceilings meet the walls, tile, cabinets, and windows, it all adds up to a lot of squares. Introducing a graceful arch will balance all those angles. It can be an additional expense to create the arch during construction but it’s always worth it.
An arched entry into an adjacent room will maintain flow and also add intrigue to a home. The lack of a door means you’re invited to investigate what’s around the corner.
Choosing smooth drywall to form the arch works well for bungalows, Spanish colonial, or contemporary homes, and it’s one of the details in this sunroom that make it a favorite space. To formalize a space or pay tribute to classic architecture, molding and wainscot will dress up the curve in traditional, colonial, or craftsman homes.