Alena Capra Shares Color Trends in Kitchen and Bath


I had the opportunity to attend KBIS in Orlando on behalf of Coverings. This year’s show was a great one; there was so much to see! KBIS made its return to Orlando for the first time in the last few years. I must say, I enjoy shows at the Orange County Convention Center, and am excited that Coverings will be back there in just a few short months! Don’t forget to register online to attend Coverings in Orlando, April 4-7!

As I walked the show floor of KBIS, I noticed some new finish and appliance colors that were different than what I had seen before. Brands were showing off beautiful new finishes like rose gold, blush, bronze, and some really nice brass finishes. These tones were so soft and pretty, and will compliment some of the new tile trends we expect to see at Coverings. True design is in the details, and I think small updates like hardware can make a kitchen or bath more unique.

Another finish that I saw throughout the show was matte black. While the finish itself isn’t new, I noticed that many new manufacturers were offering matte black as an option. It’s an essential faucet finish color that has seen resurgence with the popularity of all black and white kitchens and baths. I have received a lot of requests for this look, and have always been able to identify the perfect matching countertops or backsplashes. I’ll be sure to scout for the new black and white tile at this year’s Coverings Trade Show.

Throughout the show I noticed bold pops of color — everything from sinks to range hoods in brights like cobalt blue, yellow, and even cranberry red. Sometimes it’s fun for certain projects to really highlight an appliance or sink with bold color. I think these make for some great options when choosing tile too! I’m imagining pairing some perfectly matching accent tile with one of these colorful sinks in a bathroom, or picking out a gorgeous backsplash to compliment these appliances.

In addition to exploring the show floor, some of my favorite color insight for the kitchen and bath came from moderating the “Color Talks” panel at the show, on the KBIS Next Stage. We had an amazing group of panelists including Nate Berkus, (Interior Designer and Artistic Advisor to LG Studio), Laurel Bern (Interior Designer and design blogger), Daniel Germani (Designer, and brand ambassador for Cosentino), Andrea Magno (Benjamin Moore Color & Design Expert), and Amy Wax (Color Consultant and founder of Color 911 app and blog).

With a diverse set of backgrounds, the group was able to cover a lot of ground surrounding color. We discussed great colors for small spaces, incorporating bold colors, and our favorite neutrals. A video of the discussion will be available shortly, so keep an eye on Coverings’ social media channels to see the highlights!

Overall, I had a great time exploring the floor at this year’s KBIS. It gets my design inspiration going, and it makes me even more excited to see what’s new in tile and stone at this year’s Coverings. Hope to see you all there!