The B&D Interview: Denise Dick

Denise Dick, CMKBD, is a Representative for the NKBA and owner of Carrollton, Texas based Signature Kitchens by Design LLC. She joins us this issue to talk Kitchen and Bath trends post-midyear point, what KBIS 2016 hits have held traction, and what will be new and exciting for KBIS 2017.

Builder & Developer: Are there some trends from KBIS 2016 that have had staying power up to this point, maybe some that surprised you? 

Denise Dick: Each year, NKBA members help report the products, colors and features they used most/least often in their kitchens and bathroom projects. Since NKBA has been tracking these trends for more than half a century, we’ve determined that trends in our industry don’t change as quickly as fashion or even furniture.

Smart appliances are going to be even greater and more prevalent in the coming years. There will be more impressive home technology than ever before. This one area has surprised me in terms of how quickly this sector has grown. To be able to look inside your refrigerator while shopping at the store is mind boggling to me. Since CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) has teamed up to partner with Design and Construction Week, I think this will be a great value to KBIS attendees to learn more about this trend. CEDIA will be able to be located in the Smart Home Pavilion.

B&D: What were some of the biggest design successes you’ve seen at this point and some of the biggest flops?
DD: One of the advantages of working with a certified kitchen and bath professional is that homeowners avoid project “flops.” Our designers know what will work best in a specific environment and for a particular lifestyle based on their decades of experience creating hundreds of beautiful and beautifully-functional spaces.

One trend that emerged this year was homeowners’ desire to incorporate special places devoted to pets.  Most pets are part of the family; as such, designers are called upon to incorporate functional and aesthetically pleasing spaces where these four-legged family members can be part of the action. In fact, we were surprised to learn that half of our members reported adding pet spaces to their kitchen projects during 2015.

B&D: As we turn the corner into Fall, what signifying design trends are you starting to see?

DD: I am still seeing the trend towards the “spa” feel in the master bath and suites. My clients want that relaxing, sleek and clean feel as they dwell within this space. They want to bring into the home what they see as they travel to luxurious resorts.

B&D: What are some of the front running trends you think are going to go mainstream during 2017? 

DD: Consumers seem to want to liven-up their bathrooms with bolder colors. NKBA members reported that whites and neutrals continue to dominate bathroom color pallets, (whites, off-whites, beiges, and bone colors). However about one in 10 NKBA members plan to stray from the mainstream and leverage color as a design feature. This year, our members expect to use more blues

(17 percent), greens (11 percent), and blacks (11 percent) as they did in their past bathroom designs.

B&D: As registration open up for KBIS 2017, what can you share with potential attendees and exhibitors that will be new and exciting at this year’s show?
DD: The 2017 show will bring a mix of the best and most anticipated stage programing, events, and new show features that showcase the latest design trends in kitchen and bath.

As previously mentioned, there will be the added Smart Home Pavilion, as well as an Outdoor Pavilion where attendees can experience all the latest trends emerging in the outdoor spaces, such as pizza ovens and fire features. Outdoor spaces are an untapped, fast emerging design need, as these have become the extended living spaces to many homes. The 2017 NKBA Kitchen and Bath Design Trends Report will be released during the show.

Show-goers will join more than 1,300 exhibitors and 125,000 attendees in the largest annual gathering of the residential design and construction industry scheduled for January 10-12, 2017 in Orlando. Once again, KBIS will join forces with the International Builders’ Show (IBS) as part of the fifth annual Design & Construction Week.

Returning this year will be the highly-anticipated Voices from the Industry conference; Champagne & Cupcakes, the annual, unofficial kick-off to KBIS hosted by Modenus; the prestigious NKBA 30 Under 30 Program; KBIS DESIGN BITES; the Hard Hat Media Tour; the highly successful portfolio reviews and the coveted BEST of KBIS Awards.

New for 2017 will be The Magic of Design opening party featuring the 2017 NKBA Design Competition awards held at Epcot’s World Showcase, as well as The Deck, a casual outdoor space giving attendees a chance to escape the show floor while being exposed to the absolute latest in outdoor design.

During the month of August, NKBA members can take advantage of free registration, while non-members can enjoy a discounted $50 Expo-Only pass.

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