Inspiring our Design Process at KBIS 2016

At Lang’s we love the kitchen and bath design process, and enjoy seeing the way we can use it to enhance our clients’ lifestyles. This process is not just about updating your appliances or changing the look of your cabinetry.  It is about making positive changes in the way you live and work in your home.  It could mean that you want to remove your old bathtub in favor of an accessible shower to support aging in place.  You may decide it is time to create an open plan kitchen and family room with a built-in homework area, for the multi-functional space your busy family needs.  Perhaps you are tired of all the clutter and your priority is to include plenty of built-in, specialized storage accessories.  Your requirements are personal and the design process is individualized to meet your specific needs.

To support the design process and better serve our clients, we make it a priority to keep on top of the latest developments in kitchen and bath design.  We are always looking for new inspiration, and one way we do this is by attending annual conferences.  These meetings offer a unique opportunity for a local design firm to interact with colleagues from across the country.  It also gives us a chance to see the latest trends and products offered by top vendors. 

We recently attended the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) 2016 in Las Vegas, and we were not disappointed with the array of products on display. Here are some of our favorites that will certainly inspire us in the coming year.

Bathroom Storage

Excellent bathroom storage comes wrapped up in very different packages.  Any vanity or freestanding cabinet that suits the style of your bathroom design can house valuable storage.  This freestanding vanity displayed at KBIS by Robern shows that a floating, contemporary vanity can pack in just as much storage as its traditional counterparts!

Kitchen Storage

There are so many kitchen storage accessories available now to fit a space of any size or shape, that there is no excuse to have messy kitchen cabinets!  Every year new options become available, and we were delighted to see the modern day answer to the “lazy Susan” picture below left from Glideware and another lazy Susan alternative with handy pull outs below right.

Inject Color in your Design

Neutrals will always be prevalent in kitchen and bath design, with gray continuing to take a stronghold in the neutral color palette.  If an all-white or gray room is not your style, you may want to check out the current trend toward custom paint colors for cabinetry.  This Wellborn cabinetry display at KBIS is a beautiful example of a colorful kitchen that still has a classic appeal.

Textures and Materials

We experience design not just through sight but also through touch, as reflected by the important role of textures and unique materials in design.  Textures continue to be a significant aspect of both kitchen renovations and bathroom remodeling.  There were a wide range of textures and materials on display at KBIS like the beautiful tiles from Walker Zanger below left, the concrete sink from Native Trails below center, and the tiles from Emser tile below right.

 Ingenious Accessories

There are so many accessories available for kitchens and bathrooms, to suit a wide range of requirements.  Some accessories are very practical like this pull down drying rack below left from Richelieu, which would be the perfect addition to a laundry room.  This kitchen accessory may not be considered practical but it certainly deserves to be mentioned!  The Discovery WineStation from Dacor shown below right is an automated, temperature controlled unit for preserving and dispensing wine.  It fits up to four bottles and is perfect for the wine connoisseur as it keeps each bottle at the perfect temperature and allows you to select the amount you want to dispense.

Are you inspired by these innovative design ideas?  We are!  If you want to learn more contact us or stop by our showroom.