The show floor at each exhibition was filled with hundreds of displays. Colors ranged from bold to subdued, and a number of surface finishes, including matte, satin and antiqued, were also showcased. While touring the exhibition halls, it also became evident that textures are all the rage; whether subtle or dramatic, they can bring depth and contrast to a design.
Innovative products showcased at these events included white marble countertops, integrated sinks and exotic stones, as well as shimmering glass mosaics, dazzling metallics and tile made to resemble stone and wood. Decorative tile patterns -- mimicking fabric and flowers -- were also a "hot" item at both K/BIS and Coverings. And staying true to the traditional side, well-crafted, hand-painted tiles maintained a strong presence on the show floors.
Additionally, both exhibitions included displays from some of the leading manufacturers of stone and tile installation and maintenance products. Many of these companies performed live demonstrations to illustrate to attendees the benefits of their products.
The following is only a sampling of the endless selection of stone and tile products that were displayed at K/BIS and Coverings 2008: