Color Trends from the 2017 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show

It is my pleasure to introduce Linda Holt and summarize her color and design contributions. A former professional photographer, an interior designer and color expert in the US located north of Boston, Massachusetts, Linda possesses two different Color Expert certifications and holds an esteemed position by serving on the Benjamin Moore Color Advisory board. She has been featured in both House Beautiful Magazine and The Huffington Post for her color expertise as well as earned a coveted spot as “Designer of the Day” in Elle Décor magazine. She writes a weekly design blog and is the Home Consultant and regular contributor to Merrimack Valley Magazine sharing decorating tips and design trends.

I am honored to have Linda as my first guest blogger and she is the just the person to bring fresh perspective to my latest blog, Kitchen Happiness.

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Hi everyone, my name is Linda Holt and I am honored to be guest posting today for Shailaja about the color trends I spotted at the 2017 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (also known as KBIS). After two days of non-stop walking the immense expanse of the show, I spotted three distinct color trends.

#1. Bright saturated color: After the past few years of seeing primarily gray, white and greige, it was refreshing to see some bright fun colors at this years show. In fact, color seemed to be the talk of the show! I spotted plenty of colorful appliances, colorful vanities and even colorful fixtures.

This turquoise range from LaCornue was a crowd pleaser for sure. Turqoise not your thing? How about one of these other glorious colors also available.

This green range on display was in honor of Pantone's Color of the year.

The German company SMEG displayed a wall of ranges in skittle like colors.

This was the first time attending KBIS that I saw faucets in fun bright colors. Aren't these hose faucets fun?

Even cookware was sporting fresh happy color.

I also saw vanities and cabinetry painted in bright fun colors.

#2. Black is back! Black has been trending for the past couple of years but this year I saw even more. Matt black faucets and hardware were the most popular but also sinks and even toilets.

I spoke to one vendor who told me that black matt door handles and hardware is the number one seller for new builds right now. It makes me wonder if this means in 10 years all these new homes will look sadly dated when black hardware is no longer popular. 

Black and white bathrooms were very on trend this year. I don't know what I think about black sinks and toilets but in the right situation I guess they would look very chic and glamorous.

#3: No more all white kitchens: The HUGE popularity of all white kitchens (at least here in the states) may just have run it's course. I did not spot a single all white kitchen at the show. Cabinetry was either painted in a statement color (like in the image above) or the wood was lightly stained with the grain clearly visible.

Could this signal the return of warmer tones coming back into the home after years of cool gray?  I have to say this was the biggest surprise to me because all of my clients want to rip out their stained wood cabinets. This is one trend I will certainly have my eye on.

I would love to hear from you. What color trend do you like the best?

I hope you enjoyed my pictorial coverage of the color trends I spotted at KBIS. A huge thank you again to Shailaja for asking me to share.

If you want to read more about the other trends I spotted at KBIS please check out my full trend report at

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