Kbb Birmingham organisers predict the major trends for 2024

Tactile finishes, “blended” appliances and accented curves are set to be among the biggest kitchen and bathroom trends on display at this year’s kbb Birmingham show, according to event organisers.

Show organisers have revealed their trend predictions ahead of this year’s exhibition, which is set to begin in less than two months’ time.

Nature-inspired accentuated curves are predicted to be a major bathroom trend at the show in 2024. Show organisers said that designers can use bathroom accessories and furniture with rounded edges and artistic curves to soften the bathroom for everyday living.

Kbb Birmingham said that accentuated curves work great with another popular contemporary trend – earthy shades. It is said that shades of rust, plaster warm beige and shades of green can “further enhance the calm and sophisticated feel of the bathroom”. Kbb Birmingham organisers specifically identified new collections from Acquabella and Roca to be good examples of this trend in action.

Another important emerging trend is tactile finishes, which kbb Birmingham staff said helps designers to step away from minimalism and add greater detail to their bathroom spaces. They identified slatted furniture, reeded bath panels, and fluted detailing on baths and basins as practical examples of this in action.

The organisers also named statement bathroom art as a great way to help consumers be more creative in their bathroom spaces. They specifically referenced Ca’ Pietra’s collaboration with artist Sasha Compton as a recent example of the trend.

For the kitchen sector, a major trend that show organisers mentioned was the so-called “perfectly imperfect kitchen”. This is a look that can be achieved by embracing old furniture and second-hand products, which add a personal touch to designs whilst also being sustainable.

Utility-first design was also named as a big emerging trend, with clutter-hiding storage solutions by brands such as LochAnna and Rotpunkt highlighted as examples of products in action.

Interior designer Nicola Holden agrees, explaining: “with busy lives, clients want their kitchen to work harder than ever, so the design needs to incorporate everything from a laundry area, coffee station, built-in bar and breakfast cupboard to a desk and a place where dogs can be washed and kids can dump shoes and bags”.

Also within the kitchen sector, kbb Birmingham organisers predict blended appliances will have a major presence at the event. Arguing that they can enhance the seamlessness of a kitchen in an open-plan configuration, they mentioned brands such as Franke and Caple as among those who provide these on-trend products.

To help ensure a clutter-free surface, organisers also mentioned Quooker, as the boiling water tap brand plans to launch new tap finishes at this year’s show.

On the topic of surfaces, kbb Birmingham organisers also said that with the rise in demand of veining and dramatic colours, brands such as Konigstone, Quartzform and Cimstone are just a handful of the surface brands who visitors will be able to see at this year’s show.

This year’s kbb Birmingham show will be taking place from March 3 – 6 at the NEC. Event organisers say that over 250 KBB brands will be exhibiting at the show, and will be able to reach an audience of over 15,000 visitors. You can register for your free kbb Birmingham visitor pass here.

As the leading business media platform in the independent kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom retail sector, kbbreview will be serving as the Lead Media Partner for next year’s kbb Birmingham show. This strategic collaboration again brings together the two biggest media entities in the sector to deliver unparalleled coverage and insights of the show and the wider market as it builds to the event.

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