Top 5 Home Trends from IBS

Every year tens of thousands of visitors descend upon the NAHB International Builders' Show® (IBS)—the largest annual light-construction show in the world. Attendees to the 2019 show in Las Vegas, NV, (February 19-21) came from across the building, construction, architecture, design, and home improvement trades to connect with their peers, see the industry’s latest techniques, and check out the all of the new and trending items from top product manufacturers. 

With more than 600,000 net square feet of show floor this year (held Feb 19-21) and 1,500-plus exhibitors, there was a lot to see and experience—including, of course, the Andersen Windows booth. At the show, our sister company took the opportunity to debut new innovations including products to enable easier installation and larger window combinations, smart home technology, and a virtual reality design tool.  

They also took time to step outside of the window and door product category to do some “whole home” trend watching. Read on to check out a few of their “behind the scenes” candid photos and some of their favorite residential home trends from this year’s show!

Mixed Finishes

From lighting to faucets and appliances, the use of mixed finishes was everywhere. First spotted within the Progressive Lighting booth, we were drawn to the thoughtful combination of warm brass finishes with more muted black and aluminum finishes. It’s also noteworthy that the trend wasn’t limited to just modern styles, but also used in more traditional designs.

The new Café appliance collection from GE continued the trend, but made it more personal by giving you the ability to customize the handles and knobs on ovens, dishwashers, refrigerators and more. Their stylish finish options of brushed copper, bronze, black and stainless look gorgeous in any combination.
Walking through the Kohler booth, we were surprised and delighted to see the mixed finishes trend reimagined by combining finishes within the same material. The Kohler® touchless kitchen faucet in ombre titanium and rose gold was a beautifully stylish and glamorous showstopper. The transition from cool to warm is flawless and proves that a functional piece can still look lavish. (It’s available in a warm to cool combination as well.)

Warm Metals

Akin to the trend of mixed finishes is the growing popularity of warm metals. This isn’t a resurgence of the bright and shiny brass finishes of the nineties though. These finishes are rich and elegant, making bold design statements. The brushed gold finish from Moen exudes luxury without being too over the top – the perfect balance between polished and matte. And Kohler’s use of rose gold is fashionable without feeling like a fad– the perfect accessory to any kitchen or bathroom.

Modern Fireplaces

Displayed on a well-trafficked aisle, this gorgeous Foundation Series luxury gas fireplace from Heat & Glo immediately caught our eye. Not only was the large scale impressive, but the two-sided, see-through design was captivating. The old notion of fireplaces protruding into a space has been erased with the innovative flush design. Plus, the mechanics are hidden within a panel creating a truly seamless look. 

Concrete Accents

Concrete floors and countertops have been around for years now, but it looks like concrete has now found its way up and onto lighting. The Brocca chandelier and pendant lights from ELK International Group are beautifully crafted and combined with iron to create these modern, yet elegantly organic fixtures. 

Color Shifts

Paint color trends change frequently and can be a deal breaker for some homeowners. The Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap® Match device brings color-matching to your fingertips, making it easier to match any color quickly and accurately. The innovative gadget can scan smooth and textured surfaces including rugs, tile, furniture, accessories and more with the touch of a button. The device is smaller than an old 35mm film canister and when paired with the ColorSnap Match app can find the closest Sherwin-Williams paint color to your desired hue.

Food (Prep) for Thought

Perhaps the most intriguing and forward-thinking concept we saw was the integrated cooktop from Poliform and Dekton. The futuristic looking design features burners and controls built directly in to the counter, creating a sleek and seamless transition to the rest of the impressive countertop. Dekton’s durability and high resistance to heat allow it to withstand the daily wear and tear – high temperatures, scratches, stains, etc. – that a stovetop and counter need to endure. 

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