Future of Home Design: Highlights from KBIS and IBS 2024

Earl, Hunter, and Robert embarked on an enriching journey to Las Vegas to attend the IBS and KBIS conference. Over the course of three days, they immersed themselves in Design and Build Educational Sessions facilitated by industry luminaries. Their exploration extended to traversing the vast showroom floor spanning four buildings, where they encountered leading brands such as GE Appliances, SMEG, Cafe, ZLine, Bertazonni, Kohler, Phister, Baldwin, Cosentino, Delta, and Moen, among others. As passionate advocates for innovative design, the trio sought inspiration to infuse fresh perspectives into their work for clients at their design-build company. KBIS and IBS not only showcased the latest advancements but also illuminated the trajectory of the industry, embodying a convergence of creativity and anticipation for what lies ahead.

The annual Kitchen and Bath International Show (KBIS) and International Builders Show (IBS) are not just showcases of the latest products and technologies; they’re glimpses into the future of home design. This year, these events didn’t disappoint, offering a tantalizing array of trends and innovations that promise to shape the way we live for years to come.

Energy Efficiency Takes Center Stage

One of the most prominent themes at KBIS and IBS 2024 was the emphasis on energy efficiency and sustainability. Products like Savant’s Smart Panel and Storage Unit caught the eye, offering homeowners the ability to track and optimize their energy usage effortlessly. Smart solar panels and solar shingles also made waves, showcasing the marriage of eco-friendliness and cutting-edge technology.

Embracing Nature Indoors

In a world where connectivity often overshadows our connection to nature, the trend of bringing natural materials indoors emerged as a refreshing counterbalance. Wood stains for cabinets and trim-work infused spaces with warmer tones, steering away from the cooler grays of yesteryears. Additionally, the integration of brick and stone into interior design elements added texture and character to homes, creating a sense of harmony with the natural world. Check out The New American Home to see how these themes were incorporated! 

Hidden Delights: The Art of Concealment

The art of disguise took center stage with hidden doors and clever trimwork that concealed storage areas or additional rooms seamlessly. Murphy Door’s Hidden Gun Cabinet Door and their Bookshelf with Automated Door Opener and Push Plate epitomized this trend, offering functional solutions without compromising on aesthetics.

We incorporated a hidden pantry door at our Shallowbrook home. See more from this gorgeous home! 

Designated Spaces for Every Need

In the wake of changing lifestyles, homes are becoming more versatile, accommodating specialized rooms for various purposes. From wine rooms to Zoom rooms, designated offices to health and wellness spaces, homeowners are seeking environments tailored to their unique needs and interests.

Redefining Space with Tiny Living

The tiny living movement continues to gain momentum, and KBIS and IBS showcased an array of products tailored to compact living spaces. Specialty-sized appliances, dishwasher sink combos, and multi-use areas exemplified the ingenious solutions designed to maximize functionality without sacrificing style. Including the 2-in-1 Sink Dishwasher by Fotile

Welcoming the Smart Home of Tomorrow

Smart home features have become an integral part of modern living, and this year’s exhibits showcased the latest advancements in this realm. From smart mirrors to smart showers, smart fridges to innovative AI assistants like LG’s Q9 AI Agent and Samsung’s Ballie, homes are getting smarter and more intuitive than ever before.

Curves and Arches: A Return to Softness

In a departure from the sharp lines and angular designs of recent years, arches and soft curves made a comeback at KBIS and IBS 2024. Whether in architectural details or furniture pieces, these gentle curves added a sense of elegance and fluidity to spaces, inviting relaxation and harmony. This plays a huge part in the new maximalism design style in balancing out the rest of the design as seen in the Cafe Display kitchen using the bold countertop in Cambria Rose Bay, brightly colored tiles, and pairing wallpaper. 

As KBIS and IBS continue to push the boundaries of innovation, one thing is clear: the future of home design is bright, sustainable, and brimming with possibilities. Whether you’re planning a major renovation or simply looking for inspiration to refresh your space, these trends and products offer a glimpse into the transformative power of design.

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