Top Trends and Picks from KBIS 2017: Finishes and Surfaces

We continue our recap of the top trends and best new products from last week’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) with a look at the handsome and high-performance surfaces and finishes that grabbed our attention. What’s interesting about this category is that, you’ll find, cutting-edge manufacturing technologies and R&D have enabled some of these products to be used in exterior applications, too. So whether you’re interested in specifying a kitchen countertop or cladding an entire building façade, you’ll want to know about these finishes. (If you missed our KBIS report on fixtures, fittings and cabinetry, click here.) TREND #1 The concrete trend we first started seeing a few years ago is still on the rise, with more manufacturers jumping on this bandwagon, and some “easing” homeowners into this industrial aesthetic by introducing softer or subtler concrete-evoking colors and finishes. TREND #2 Classic white Carrara and Calacatta marbles will never really go out of style when it comes to residential kitchens and baths. But at this year’s KBIS, they’ve been making room for Nero Marquina, a beautiful black marble that’s extracted from Basque Country in northern Spain. Many of the major quartz and solid surfacing brands presented their takes on ...
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