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10 kitchen and bath design trends we spotted at KBIS 2021

(5 min read) It’s been a year since COVID-19 spread across the world. Builders, interior designers, and design experts have seen how the health crisis influences how we view and live in our homes. The kitchen and bath industry, in particular, has noticed our shift to technology, our raised standards for cleanliness, and our desire for our spaces to reflect our dream lifestyle. 

Due to health and safety concerns and ongoing travel restrictions stemming from the pandemic, the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) recently held the virtual edition of its annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS). Because we focus on tiles and interior design, we eagerly anticipate KBIS and the trends, products, and technologies that allow us all to enjoy beautiful and functional kitchens and baths. After all, we spend so much of our time in these two sanctuaries. 

Kitchen Design trends at Kibis 2021
Beautiful Kitchen Design Trends. © Caesarstone

We explored the online expo halls of KBIS 2021 and are more than happy to share with you the emerging kitchen and bath design trends that we spotted at the virtual trade show. Here is a handpicked list of what we’ll be seeing in kitchens and baths not only in 2021 but in years to come.

Bidet toilets

Bathroom interiors trends at Kibis 2021
Aquia IV Arc Washlet and Toilet. © Toto

Remember last year’s toilet paper shortages? Do you wish that Japanese toilet technology would come to North America? Toto, the world’s largest plumbing manufacturer, presented at KBIS 2021 two contemporary lavatories with built-in bidets. With an ergonomic build and fashionable skirted design, these latrines are far from ordinary.

Color across the spectrum

Kitchen Design trends at Kibis 2021
Sapphire blue kitchen. © Wellborn Cabinet

KBIS 2021’s panel of design experts shared that kitchen and bath color choices will be either bold or neutral. But homeowners are increasingly selecting colors that reflect their personality rather than industry trends. In this sapphire blue kitchen, Wellborn Cabinet adds a contemporary twist to a traditional kitchen with touches of chrome and rustic cherry. 

Cosmopolitan living

Bathroom interiors at Kibis 2021
Avenue shower door. © Dreamline

With continuing quarantines and border restrictions, traveling seems like a distant dream. As we anticipate the day we can journey across the world, feed your wanderlust with small but impactful touches that remind you of your travels. This Avenue shower door with a matte black finish is reminiscent of city skylines. Wouldn’t this make a great window to a bathroom mosaic or tile design?

Customizable appliances

Refrigerator trends at Kibis 2021
Refrigerator with Irises panel and brushed copper handles. © BlueStar

With different colors and varying finishes, appliances can be an exciting conversation piece in your kitchen. Monogram, for example, offers a wide array of metals for their professional-grade ranges. On the other hand, BlueStar takes it up a notch by printing personalized panels for its appliances. Just like our custom mosaics, you can send BlueStar a high-resolution photograph of your favorite artwork or pattern.

Down to the last detail


Hardware collection trends at Kibis 2021
Corsa hardware collection. © Belwith Keeler

In interior design, every detail counts. That includes overlooked objects like drawer knobs and pulls. Belwith Keeler has been producing refined hardware since 1893. For KBIS 2021, they showcased their Corsa collection inspired by mid-20th-century and 21st-century design. 

Home spa experience

Bathroom design trends at Kibis 2021
Moxie showerhead and wireless speaker. © Kohler

In a previous article, we’ve talked about how more people are transforming their bathrooms into a home spa. Interestingly, embracing technology can be a part of that process. One of our personal favorites is the Moxie showerhead and wireless speaker from Kohler. The waterproof and detachable speaker is so convenient. While you shower, you can rock out to your favorite song, listen to a podcast or soothing nature sounds, or ask your voice assistant about today’s weather. 

Light marble

Kitchen Interiors Trend at Kibis 2021
Kitchen showcasing Arabetto surface. © Caesarstone

According to NKBA research on 2021 design trends, quartz, particularly in lighter colors, will continue to be the driving material for countertops. Caesarstone’s Whitelight collection is an excellent example of this emerging trend towards surfaces that consider safety, aesthetics, and durability. The company’s line of lighter neutral colors beautifully captures the movement and drama of natural stone.

Natural and organic

Bathroom Trends and Designs at Kibis 2021
Contemporary bathroom with Reflet collection. © Riobel

In a November 2020 statement, the NKBA revealed that “design preferences in both kitchen and bath will continue to be more contemporary and transitional in style, with the added influence of a new leading trend of natural/organic.” Think clean lines, minimal detailing, natural finishes, and large windows. It’s all about bringing the feeling of the outdoors inside. Riobel illustrates this trend with their water-inspired Reflet collection. 

Organized cabinets and drawers

Kitchen drawer and Kitchen designs at Kibis 2021
Maxx drawer system. © Rev-A-Shelf

KonMari and the Home Edit have encouraged many of us to keep our spaces tidy and organized. But folding clothes into thirds and arranging belongings by color is more than just a visual exercise. It’s about turning your cluttered room into an efficient one. And Rev-a-Shelf’s Maxx drawer system and Hardware Resources’ No Wiggle Knife Pullout perfectly demonstrate this shift in mindset. 


Bathroom designs and interiors at Kibis 2021
Bathroom highlighting Cia collection. © Moen

Motion-controlled or hands-free faucets have been cropping up not only in kitchens but in bathrooms as well. They’re ideal for powder rooms and shared bathrooms where many hands touch the same tap. You may have seen the same technology in public restrooms. However, with the coronavirus, it was a matter of time that hands-free faucets would be introduced to households.

Which kitchen and bath design trend is your favorite? How will you apply it to your kitchen or bathroom this year? Share your reactions with us in the comments.




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  1. Kenny
    March 4, 2021 at 10:59 am

    Ugh. I don’t even know where to start. Luckily, we’ve had a bidet for the longest time. However, I love the bathrooms, the spa feels, and the drawer with so many organizational options. I wish I could have them all.

  2. Krysten Quiles
    March 4, 2021 at 11:05 am

    Yes please, I am digging these designs.

  3. Sella
    March 4, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    Every single model and design resonates with me. I think because each one of them brings in a fresh look into everyday living. Oh, I would like to get a makeover to any of the above.

  4. Annie Mason
    March 4, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    The kitchen showing the white marble is superb. We opted for dark granite when we upgraded several years ago and wished it had been lighter. All the kitchens and baths are wonderful and the technology in fixtures (ie. hands-free) is so amazing.

  5. Angela
    March 4, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    The light marble countertops in the blue kitchen are gorgeous!

  6. Gideon A.
    March 5, 2021 at 1:50 am

    This designs look so lovely and unique.. thanks for sharing.

  7. Patrice
    March 5, 2021 at 2:05 am

    I always enjoy checking out the latest home trends, especially for kitchens. Love that sapphire blue kitchen photo!

  8. Nikki Wayne
    March 5, 2021 at 4:31 am

    Oh. I really love the built-in bidet. It’s the best toilet idea so far. Haha

  9. Lyosha
    March 5, 2021 at 11:39 am

    I have organized cabinets with premade sections for having my stuff and I can not go back to the good old versions. natural in design looks amazing as well. I love it!

  10. Catherine
    March 5, 2021 at 11:56 am

    I’m not one for modern design but I really love these looks. They are so bright and warm…love the inspo!

  11. Kuntala Bhattacharya
    March 5, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    I liked the cosmopolitan one the best. The colours are soothing, the decor is nice and looks elegant.

  12. Bellab
    March 5, 2021 at 6:18 pm

    the second kitchen is straight kitchen goals. Im gonna redo my kitchen soon and im so excited

  13. Cynthia
    March 5, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    We just remodeled our kitchen a year ago. this summer we’re planning on remodeling our master bath too! I’ll refer back to this.

  14. Serena
    March 5, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    I’m loving that kitchens with color are making a comeback. Getting pretty tired of just white or just dark. And that bidet! I wouldn’t have thought much of it, but after spending a month in Japan, I want one.

  15. Rosey
    March 5, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    That blue kitchen is so pretty to me. It’s so refreshing to get an update and I’d love that one.

  16. Gracelene Dela Cruz
    March 6, 2021 at 2:05 am

    That waterproof showerhead speaker is so awesome!!

  17. Selly
    March 6, 2021 at 2:54 am

    I love the clean lines and colors in these designs. I always opt for simplicity rather than a messy but creative design.

  18. Lyanna Soria
    March 6, 2021 at 5:53 am

    Those are all wonderful ideas and gorgeous selections. I love the marbled one with dark blue color.

  19. Ron Donoho
    March 6, 2021 at 6:57 am

    Love the feature of having an island in the kitchen. A must!

  20. M.
    March 6, 2021 at 8:50 am

    I love the cosmopolitan living, with the white and black details.

  21. Sonia Seivwright
    March 6, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    Love the marble design

  22. Kuntala Bhattacharya
    March 6, 2021 at 3:08 pm

    Lovely elegant beautiful design ideas for kitchen and bath. Hoping to grab some of those ideas from here for my new house.

  23. Anzie
    March 6, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    I am loving these ideas 😍 That blue colored kitchen with light marble countertops looks so stunning 👌🏻

  24. Luci W.
    March 6, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    The room designs with the bright light streaming in through big windows onto bright, simple furnishings are lovely. It leaves the visual and mental space to place art work or have an eye-catching piece of furniture as you described. Also: love touch-less appliances!

  25. Catherine
    March 7, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    I love the idea of mixing finishes and patterns in a small space kitchen like that…it adds extra dimension. I wish I had thought of that when I redid my kitchen…love all the inspo!

  26. Neely Moldovan
    March 7, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    I personally would love a home spa experience! We want to redo our bathroom this year.

  27. paula richie
    March 8, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    Oh, do I ever like the idea of customizing my kitchen appliances. That gives lots of possibilities.

  28. Andie
    March 9, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    These are some really cool KITCHEN AND BATH designs. I would like to incorporate them into my home.

  29. Bindi
    March 15, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    I absolutely love the look of natural and organic and light marble. That would be my dream kitchen!