Fantasy Islands and More at KBIS 2017

The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show is full of great ideas and inspiration for fantasy and real life kitchens. Manufactures pull out all the stops to WOW designers and have them enter into their booths. Here is what got Vestabul’s attention this year.

Kitchen Islands

Metal accents incorporated into island designs was a strong trend on the show floor. It is a material that contrasts beautifully with painted or stained wood cabinetry giving rustic and/or high tech industrial looks to the kitchen. A popular place to incorporate metal was on the ends as shelf supports or posts.


Wrapping islands with metal bars added an industrial detail to traditional and modern islands. The large navy island above also captured the “Blue” cabinet trend seen throughout the show. The metal bar on the second island included a functional aspect allowing cooking utensils to be hung from it. Attached to the back of this island was a lower live edge counter, the perfect height for a dining table.


Islands with different counter heights were also popular. With white cabinetry and counters still going strong the addition of a counter at a different level provided the opportunity to add some color or texture. In this first example a piece of grey stained wood was cantilevered off the back and end of the island for a focal point. In the second example a small furniture piece in a contrasting grey color finished off the end of this island.


Islands that updated the traditional butcher block showed that this style would be at home in a variety of kitchens. For a commercial vibe, we spotted one with a metal bar above to hang pots and a lower perforated metal shelf to keep frequently used items. The updated look of the second example paired the traditional maple butcher block counter top with a walnut base and slat shelf.


The modern kitchen was represented by sleek clean lined spaces. This island was a perfect example, comprised of extra thick slate counters and matching back and side island cladding. The metal trend was also seen in this display with the floating shelves on the back wall.


Dish Pantries


Our favorite trend at KBIS was the “Dish Pantry”. Pantries are part of many kitchen designs but they are usually reserved for food stuffs. Adding glass doors to them and using them for storing dishware is a great evolution of this type of cabinetry. For an easy installation you can add a glass door unit at the end of a base and upper cabinet run. For a custom look, recess units between two walls. A cool installation we spied was a set of glass and metal framed units  installed proud of standard solid door pantries. A real show stopper!


KBIS 2017 was full of great inspirational trends. I you would like Vestabul to help you incorporate some of these looks into your new kitchen drop us a line.



One thought on “Fantasy Islands and More at KBIS 2017

  1. AvatarDarnella Armitage

    Look forward each week to Vestabul’s posts. Wow, the island ideas and dish pantries, amazing. I think I need a kitchen update.

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