A trip to the land of dreams – unique and vibrant Las Vegas
Several weeks ago, I flew to Las Vegas to visit the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), which is the largest exhibition in North America. This show is dedicated to all aspects of kitchen and bathroom designs, where hundreds of exhibitors showcase the industry’s latest products, trends and technologies.
In this show, I was amazed by the variety of American-style kitchens. The first thing that caught my eye was the size of the appliances. They were much larger than what we are used to in Europe, letting people enjoy what they like to do in a comfortable and spacious environment.
The indoor kitchens are designed for maximum convenience, with retractable, tilting, sliding mechanisms, and integrated lighting. The kitchen is dominated by rough surfaces, stone and stainless steel, with earthy beige and pistachio-green colours. The look is finished with a natural wood veneer, which makes the kitchen look and feel homely.
I also realised that outdoor kitchens are becoming very popular in American culture. People are interested not only in having a comfortable outdoor kitchen, but also all the possible accessories that can go with it. Additionally, I was amazed by the concept of metal kitchens, which look like living room furniture that has been moved into the terrace area and adapted to the outdoor conditions.
Most of the bathroom trends are similar like in Europe, such as compact laminate, stone, painted panel, wooden mouldings and wavy moulding. However, most of the furniture displays are dominated by large countertop areas and drawers. Sinks are often glued under the worktop. Knobs are usually replaced by angled edges or metal profiles. The bathroom is dominated by walnut wood, imitation marble and light pastel shades, while black and gold are used to contrast the bathroom.
I also had the chance to visit the Las Vegas Home Décor Show, which was full of variety of interior décor items. The displays were complete and richly decorated, from carpets, vases, paintings, sculptures, furniture, textiles to lamps and other small decorations that people were able to buy there. The exhibition was dominated by light and bright colours, with cocoa interspersed with wood finishes.
Comfort and convenience were the main criteria in the show. However, the variety and abundance of objects made the eyes twitch. From monochrome and colourful patterns, inviting furniture, bringing to sit down, to a wide variety of modern paintings. I was amazed by how well stone, glass and marble matches very well with gold, black, grey and chrome elements.
This colourful and vibrant trip has left a lasting impression that has nourished and inspired me. I can’t wait to see where my next trip takes me.