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Did our 2023 Forecast Match Up?

KBIS and Market 2023 Recap

Dan and I had the privilege of traveling at the end of January to Las Vegas for Design & Construction Week, the co-location of The International Builder's Show and The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show along with three other co-dated shows: Las Vegas Furniture Market, the National Hardware Show, and The International Surfaces Event. Over 200,000 industry professionals were in attendance at these shows and there was definitely excitement in the air as over 1,800 exhibitors showcased the latest housing products across 1 million square feet of exhibit space. In addition to getting to see and experience the best and most innovative new products, Emily had a chance to speak on a couple of design education panels discussing Universal design and Aging in place as well as how working with an interior designer can benefit builders and subcontractors. As a member of the KBIS 2023 Design Hounds Influencer Tour, Emily had VIP access to several brand and education events and we want to specifically thank Modenus Media, Westlake Royal Building Products, Signature Kitchen Suite, Mr. Steam, COMPAC Surfaces and Ballerina Kitchens for sponsoring this opportunity.

In our last post we discussed five areas we predict will be trending in home design in 2023. We definitely saw our trend predictions reinforced in a major way! Read on to see our highlights.

- Emily and Dan


2023 Design Trends

"The Human Connection"

An overall trend I’m calling “The Human Connection” was big at KBIS and definitely aligned with our 2023 Design Forecast Trends.

  • Organic Curves

    • Arches in booth architecture at Kohler, Monogram,

    • Pebble mosaics and rounded marble mosaics at Daltile, featuring white and grey tones

    • Curved leaded glass doors at Thermatru

  • Rich Wood Tones

    • All-wood island and furniture like refrigerator door design by Richard Anuszkiewicz for Monogram was stunning

    • Living finishes (concept door hardware from Emtek including wood, black marble, concrete, terrazzo, unlacquered brass, and patina’d copper door knobs

Why I am LOVING it:

I am absolutely in love with “The Human Connection” trend and I think it resonates with so many right now because we’ve all just come out of a very overly-sanitized couple of years and are longing to re-connect with people and with materials that connect us to nature. Very sleek, contemporary, and minimalistic designs were definitely in short supply at KBIS this year.

Japandi, a fusion of Japanese and Scandinavian organic minimalism, was also represented as an emerging trend and a foil to the trend of grand-millennial maximalism. Both trends were represented and contrasted nicely at the Kohler booth this year.

Right: Japandi, Left: Grand-millennial Maximalism


Design for Wellness

Design for Wellness is still going strong, perhaps even stronger than it was when it first started to emerge as a trend in 2020. I saw a lot of products intended to engage the senses, and especially to encourage tranquility or optimism, I would also say that a renewed interest in universal design and multigenerational living is an emerging trend in design and relates to the wellness trend in that quality of life improves for all members of the household when good design encourages inclusiveness.

  • Mr. Steam unveiled their most advanced steam shower control system, the iSteamX featuring an intuitive and waterproof 7-inch touchscreen design to create a multimedia experience, with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity enabling seamless access to popular apps.

iSteamX, Sponsored by MrSteam

  • Sprig aromatherapy shower head from Kohler, The Sprig Shower Infusion System infuses your shower's water stream with 100% natural botanicals, clean ingredients, and self-care superstars like hyaluronic acid.

  • Infinity-edge plunge bath from Kohler. Modeled after classic Japanese baths and featuring an infinity edge, a fog emitter, an aromatherapy diffuser, and other high-tech features.

  • Signature Kitchen Suite featured a prototype herb column encouraging the addition of fresh micronutrients to everyday food selections.

  • Ballerina Kitchens featured great organization concepts for food storage--an organized kitchen is a happy kitchen!


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