With 18 years of experience at Cambria, Summer Kath, the quartz manufacturer’s executive vice president and head of design, shares her thoughts on upcoming trends in kitchen and bath design
SK: I think in 2019, we were saying the white out is out. In 2020, we were hopeful for no more grays. Here is what I am seeing, and if I can take it back to 2016, the first time I ever ventured to Milan for the Salone show, I was blown away. In 2016, the white out was in and it was all white kitchens. I walked into the most massive design show I had ever stepped foot in and I saw color. I saw opulence. I saw bold, and I was blown away. And as we know, trends really start over in Europe. You see them start to express themselves in the U.S. five to 10 years later. I think in 2020, we are really starting to see that come to the U.S. I don’t think white is going away, and I would say that gray is not going away either. It’s more about accent. We are in the stone world here, and I would say white is not going away in the beautiful marbled countertops, but what we are starting to see is people want something more interesting. Something a bit more bold, but not over the top opulence. As for some of the designs we have launched this year, we are still staying with the white marble, but we are adding in navy blue and some of the deep greens. Just a little bit of glimmer, just a little bit of shimmer, but not too much. In kitchens, we are seeing pops of color. We are seeing black cabinets, navy cabinets — even that emerald green. I don’t think gray is ever going to go away, I think it accents everything really well and bridges the gaps because it is so neutral. It’s just going to be used differently.
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