At Six Walls we thrive on keeping current on emerging trends for the most lived in spaces of the home; the kitchen and the bathroom. Visiting the KBIS  (Kitchen & Bath Industry Show), North America’s largest trade show dedicated to all aspects of kitchen and bath design, is one of the highlights of our design year. Owned by the not-for-profit trade association National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), it showcases the latest industry products, trends and technologies, including smart home and outdoor living products.

What we saw

Standout themes from this year’s show were connectivity, color, and mixed metal finishes. It seemed like every vendor found a way to integrate connectivity in a way that makes everyday tasks more convenient and streamlined. Check out the Kohler Konnect Smart Home, which is available as a control pad in the bath or kitchen and as an app on your smart phone.

Image of Kohler smart technology

Kohler Konnect

It works with Alexa and Google and allows you to control mirrors, toilets, bathtubs and showering experiences all through your voice and is customizable to your preferences. Kohler Konnect reaches the kitchen as well with several faucets and water filters available with the feature. Connectivity like this not only elevates everyday experiences in one’s own home, it opens up a huge opportunity for living in place if restricted by age, disability or injury. The AI component also learns from the users’ behavior, and can recommend settings to reduce energy consumption and decrease power while away from home. 

Brace yourself for the high impact of COLOR! So many opportunities for customization with color, no longer restricted to just cabinetry and countertops, colorful choices are now abundant in appliances! Take a look at the image at the top of this post, showing a bold Saffron yellow on the appliances from True Residential, a luxury home refrigeration brand with commercial DNA. Or feast your eyes on the color explosion below from Dacor, offering a range that can match almost any color for your kitchen appliances!

Dacor’s new Pink Appliance color!

Mixing metal has been a coming trend for a while, but now it has really hit big time. Take a look at the new Collezione Metalli by italian manufacturer Bertazzoni, which offers combinations of different metals for knobs and appliance.

The new Collezione Metalli offers decorative details finished in real metals to enhance your Heritage Series range, hood, dishwasher or refrigerator from the control knobs to the finials on the door handles.

Some other fun and functional designs that caught our eyes…

Unique in the market, the Spoke Door Knob by Emtek made its debut at KBIS

Colorful hand basins in unique patterns add to any bathroom design.


Best of KBIS

There is also a Best of KBIS award, that highlights innovative products at the show, sometimes shown even before market release! Judged by renowned industry professionals, the goal is to reward designs that combine beauty, convenience and ease in innovative ways, across different categories. We will be presenting the winners in future blog posts, together with our ideas on how to integrate some of the latest trends into your projects. For now, we’ll just tease you with the grand winner, the Kintsu Bath Collection by Brizo. Tranquil contours reflect elegant Scandinavian minimalism, while natural materials and broken geometries channel Japanese wabi-sabi philosophy in this thoroughly luxurious range, which can be tailored with different materials and finishes.

Kintsu Collection by BRIZO

Finally, we couldn’t resist showing you Plum, the winner of the kitchen category. It’s a truly unique wine dispenser, which automatically identifies the vintage, varietal, region, winery and wine of the inserted bottles. Two silent cooling chambers are automatically set to the perfect serving temperature for each varietal. We have one on display in the studio! We’ll invite you come by for a demo and a glass—at happy hour of course & after the coronavirus COVID-19 has passed…

Plum, a unique wine dispenser


Six Walls NKBA connections

On our team, both Jennifer Kowalski and Diane Troutman are honored to hold board positions with the local chapter of NKBA, providing them unique training opportunities and insights through solid vendor relationships and industry partners. This benefits our clients in so many ways; from finding the best fit for a client’s need or introducing the hottest “must have” in the industry! We’re excited to bring you more from this fantastic show in future blog posts, please stand by for updates!









Between client meetings, material selections, drawings, and the many other tasks us designers juggle daily, we also like to make time for a Market trip as often as possible! “Markets” are interior design trade shows that showcase furniture, artwork, accessories, and lighting.

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Group picture! From left to right it’s Victoria, Ciara and Bekah

Here at Six Walls, we pride ourselves in being a full-service design firm, meaning we can assist with any design project big or small, whether it is a simple paint consultation or a new home build from the ground up. We like to be a part of the design process from start to finish to provide the best complete outcome for our clients! This requires that we are up to date on all the trends in the industry. Many vendors we love working with have very limited showroom space around the country, so we take the time to visit them at these interior design Markets to gain a better understanding of how the products will work for our clients as well as view their newest collections to stay ahead of the game. Recently Victoria (VB), Bekah (BP), and I (CW) had the exciting opportunity to attend the 2020 Las Vegas Winter Market. We are excited to share some of our feedback from the experience.

What are some new trends you saw at Market?

VB: Not sure it was NEW but I saw a lot of continued design emphasis on comfortable upholstery, most with mid-century flair. Sofas and sectionals still with all rectilinear lines, some lower height backs, others with higher backs / deep seats for reclining and movie watching. BIG trend was for intriguing accent chairs for a space. Not so much the traditional conservative club chair—but a lots of variety: great looking metal and wood frames, sausage roll styles, high-medium-low backs, rounded encompassing shapes of chairs, SWIVEL!

BP: I noticed a more entertainment focused mindset. There were sofas that allowed for more socialization in an open concept space and bar carts/bar accessories in almost every showroom we went into. Another trend I saw was a lot of the furniture and accessories we saw embraced bringing nature indoors. There were reclaimed wood tables, petrified wood side tables and wall décor and using earth tones for upholstery/accents.

CW: Some of the trends that I saw repeatedly at Market were cane, reeded glass, terrazzo, and boucle, and warm tones. All of which lend themselves to the Mid Century Modern design style, which we saw was still a prominent trend overall.

What was your favorite trend?


VB: Loved the presence nearly everywhere of beautiful lighting—glass bases with reactive glazes, also same for accessories. Glass with organic shapes and flowing rich colors were everywhere.

BP: I loved the mix of metals, textures and materials. Before, items were strictly silver or gold and now items are encompassing both and are not fitting a standard 1 finish.

CW: My favorite trend was the warm tones that were replacing the extremely cool tones we have seen trending over the last few years. It was extremely refreshing to walk into a space and feel warm and welcomed. I can see this trend becoming extremely popular in the PNW!

What surprised you most at Market?

VB: Surprised and happy for the trend away from rough recycled wood on case goods. While variations in finish / color of woods is still big, the desks, dressers, tables look less rustic and more polished yet still casual. Great hardware. Those fabulous small DRINKS TABLES were everywhere. Such cool accents, and really do add to a space’s visual and textured interest. Every combination of glass / metals / rock / concrete that you can imagine.

BP: I was surprised by the move away from the modern, minimalistic style to more texture and heavily detailed/decorated items. There was a lot of nods from the 40s, 70s and 80s, but in a new way that reflects the now. The upholstery fabrics I noticed the most were boucle fabrics and velvet fabrics with the bold colors of pink, emerald, orange, yellow.

CW: The color! We are seeing more and more color come back into design. For a while it was all very monochromatic, which is still a beautiful palette. However, I loved seeing the bold and subdued colors coming back without reservation.

What was the highlight of your Market experience?

VB: Without a doubt—working through those 3 days viewing thousands of things with my colleagues, Bekah and Ciara. It was exhilarating / inspiring / exhausting and an incredibly fun experience. We have already incorporated found pieces into our current projects!

BP: I really enjoyed being able to sit in furniture items that I’ve seen online. It also was fun to be able to see things in person and be able to spec items for clients. Both Victoria and I were able to sell items to clients just from our market experience and photos.

CW: The highlight for me was experiencing each vendor’s collection in person. So often we are sourcing from a computer screen or a 2D image in a catalog. At market, you have the opportunity to truly experience the products as the clients will be in their homes.