KBIS 2021: Natural, Clean, and Lightly Hued Surfaces are Trending

Along with kitchen and bath counters, surfacing for walls, backsplashes, and floors are designed to imitate materials viewed as naturally germ-resistant, such as stone and wood
KBIS

Whitelight, a new collection of patterns by quartz manufacturer Caesarstone, which debuted during KBIS, illustrates a trend toward light-colored surfaces for the home. Courtesy of the manufacturer


Manufacturers report increased demand for surfaces that appear at a glance to be hygienic. For instance, “laboratory white is taking off,” says Elizabeth Margles, vice president of marketing in North America for Caesarstone, which is rolling out its quartz in three new light hues. “It’s the notion that what you see, you can clean. It’s not clinical, just clean.” Quickly scanning other new products, Metropolis found additional examples of the trend, including some set to debut during the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS). Here’s a sampling. 

CAESARSTONE

KBIS

Whitelight Collection by Caesarstone in Arabetto Courtesy of the manufacturer


The new Whitelight Collection of quartz surfaces from Caesarstone taps into the demand for white, nonporous countertops in three patterns: Adamina, which mimics a warm sandstone, and Arabetto and Aterra Blanca, which both feature veining that imitates marble. All will be available in March.

FORMICA

Formica Everform In 410 Argento Terrazzo Matrix

Formica Everform in 410 Argento Terrazzo Matrix Courtesy of the manufacturer


Known for its laminates, Formica has rolled out a nonporous solid surfacing collection called Everform. Among its available patterns is a wipeable terrazzo-like look that is water- and fire-resistant, and costs less than stone or stone composites.

WALKER ZANGER

Walker Zanger Barcelona Grey

Walker Zanger’s Barcelona Grey porcelain tile Courtesy of the manufacturer


What appears to be vein-cut onyx is actually a collection of glazed porcelain tile that imitates the look of natural stone from Walker Zanger. Barcelona is available in two sizes and eight finishes, and can be ordered in book-matched patterns.

DEKTON

Dekton Craftizen Umber

Dekton’s Craftizen in Umber Courtesy of the manufacturer


The Dekton Craftizen Collection, available later this year, has been named a Best of KBIS finalist. The line of large-format sintered stone features finishes that mimic Venetian stucco.

WILSONART

Wilsonart Grounded Hinoki

Wilsonart in Grounded Hinoki Courtesy of the manufacturer


Those looking to create a soothing environment will appreciate Wilsonart’s Wellness collection, which incorporates soothing elements like wood grain, soft colors, and abstract, landscape-based patterns. Grounded Hinoki, a dark motif based on Japanese cypress, offers a spa-like finish for health-care, hospitality, retail, or residential environments.

You may also enjoy “KBIS 2021: Manufacturers and Designers Collaborate on Bright Ideas for Kitchens and Bathrooms

Would you like to comment on this article? Send your thoughts to: comments@metropolismag.com


Register here for Metropolis’s Think Tank Thursdays and hear what leading firms across North America are thinking and working on today.

Categories: Interior Products