Kitchen and Bath Trends

April 26, 2012 12:53:08 PM PDT
Thousands of buyers are in Chicago this week for the National Kitchen and Bath Association's yearly show.

It's the largest kitchen and bath industry show in the world. 550 exhibitors are showing off the newest gadgets for the home. KBIS brings together the industry's top dealers, designers, builders, remodelers, retailers and other professionals directly involved in the design and remodel of residential kitchens and bathrooms. The show is closed to the public, but our tech expert, "TechnoDad" Mike Ferrara brought some show highlights to ABC 7.

Kichler's Design Pro LED 2.0 Modular and Disc System, now available in two distinct color temperatures: a warmer 2,700K and cooler 3,000K. With the addition of a warmer, whiter lighting option

to the under-cabinet lighting system, designers can now choose between soft, warm light or crisp, cooler light for lighting that works in harmony with a room's overall color palette.

Keeler Architectural Door Hardware with SecuRemote® Technology?A high-end hardware system which controls and manages home access. Keeler has re-invented the architectural mortise lock by re-engineering the form, fit and function of the primary components. SecuRemote combines the dependability of cloud computing with Bluetooth® technology and powerful encryption to deliver convenience, security, and control to the homeowner.

iRobot floor cleaner: Today the company announced the new Scooba 390 ($500). Using a four-stage cleaning process, Scooba 390 preps, washes, scrubs and squeegees the floor to get rid of dirt and remove up to 98 percent of common household bacteria ? using only fresh solution from start to finish. No sweeping required!

Moen will be launching a brand-new hands-free kitchen faucet experience at K/BIS 2012 that responds to users' simple movements to activate water flow, helping to accomplish everyday tasks, like washing hands, cleaning dishes or preparing meals, with greater convenience.

Saratoga Soapstone: Long a preferred choice for kitchen countertops, soapstone has recently made its mark with interior designers, homebuilders, architects, and countertop fabricators. Soapstone brings together the best of style, function and versatility.

Lutron Products: New Serena Shades are the company's first battery-powered, remote controlled custom shades that are completely DIY and can be installed in less than 15 minutes. Available in more than 50 colors and a variety of fabric choices, Serena Shades start at just $299, making them a more affordable option for homeowners.