2016 Kitchen and Bath + Builder Show Jan 19-21

New Products Coming Soon to Builder Show and KBIS 2016

The combined IBS/KBIS (International Builder Show/Kitchen & Bath Industry Show) dubbed DCW (Design & Construction Week) enters its 3rd year in 2016 in Las Vegas from January 19th through January 21st. Joining the 2016 DCW event in Las Vegas are the International Window Coverings Expo (IWCE) and the International Surface Event (TISE). It's a HUGE show!

When it comes to appliances, we can expect to see a continued focus on smart appliances, more import cooking brands (think Italy), and some added appliance finishes and colors.

Smart Appliances

We've been given just a few hints that more manufacturers will expand the use of technology to connect appliances to smartphones, home networks, and etc. The big question is convincing consumers to spend more for new features that they may still view as gimmicky.

New Brands

Unlike the U.S. appliance industry which is dominated by a few big brands, Europe has a wealth of brand names. In particular, there appears to be a host of Italian factories making cooking products that have been around for decades, now seeking to export their products to the U.S.

New Colors and Finishes

There has been a renaissance of pastel colors in appliances from the 50's and 60's. Buyers are showing an increased willingness to add these striking, colorful appliances in retro designs to their kitchens. Expect to see bold colors in more brands, and a continued interest in “old style” appliances. In addition, you owe it to yourself to take a look at the new black stainless steel. Photos don't really help. It's stainless steel with the stainless grain or “brush”, and it's black not shiny silver.

If you're not attending DCW this year, the event is moving to Orlando for 2017 and 2018 and returning to Las Vegas in 2019.


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Appliance Colors over a lifetime

Are Old Appliance Colors becoming New Again?

New Appliances in Pink and Turquoise Rivaled by Black Stainless Steel

Turquoise Appliances

Northstar Appliances

Modern major appliances are dated as beginning in the Post WWII era. White appliances were standard, but during the 50's and on into the 60's our kitchens were brightened up with Pink and Turquoise appliances. Recently, some specialty brands such as Northstar and Smeg have re-introduced these colors to add the brightness back into our kitchens along with a retro look (Northstar Appliances above in a K. Hovnanian Model home – Phoenix Area 2015).

Later in the 60's, Harvest Gold, Avocado, and Coppertone became the popular appliance colors. A unique characteristic of these colors was a darker shading around the edges of the appliance. Many years later in an effort to refresh these colors the shading was removed. For example, Harvest Gold became Harvest Wheat and the color had a lighter, cooler look. Almond was added to the mix and the beige finish quickly became a hit.

Colors aren't always successful, however. Back in the mid 80's both GE and Whirlpool came out with a couple of new colors – Silver and Sand color (gray and a little darker beige than Almond) from GE and similar Platinum and Toast shades from Whirlpool. Unfortunately, the shades from each manufacturer were similar, but did not match. Consumers chose to stick with their White and Almond appliances. Toast and Sand and Silver and Platinum were quickly dropped.

It's worth noting that during the run up of Harvest Gold and Avocado, a trend toward larger windows on ranges and ovens eventually led to the painted fronts and small windows on many appliances becoming black glass finishes across the front with chrome trim on the edges.

Black-Stainless-Steel

In the late '80s, Fred Carl introduced the Viking Range, a range with a commercial look that was designed for the home. By the mid-90's, the trend toward Pro-Style ranges and ovens in luxury homes was well on its way. Today, stainless steel appliances are offered (at a premium) even in starter homes.

Now, KitchenAid has introduced Black Stainless Steel. It's hard to see in the photo, but the appliances have the texture and grain of stainless steel, and the color is black. If you want to see it in person, plan a visit to one of the Arizona Wholesale Supply locations below.

 

 

 


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The Basic Kitchen Appliance Package

Refrigerator, Range, Hood, and Dishwasher

Kitchen Package

White Ice Collection

Standard Four Piece Kitchen Package

This is the common appliance configuration for most kitchens across America. It seems simple doesn't it? Cooling (1.refrigerator), cooking (2. range, and 3. hood), and cleaning (4. dishwasher). Yet, within those product categories there are millions of appliances sold each year in a variety of brands, styles, finishes, and colors so that the choices seem infinite.

French Door Refrigerator

French Door Refrigerator

 

For example, freestanding refrigerators (excluding built-in and undercounter variations) can be loosely classified into top mount, bottom mount (including French door), and side-by-side. Seems simple enough. But some refrigerators are cabinet depth and fit somewhat snugly in the surrounding cabinets, while full depth refrigerators will stick out from the cabinets a good six inches or more. Also, you need to consider whether you want an icemaker in your refrigerator. If so, do you want a model with an ice and water dispenser?

The Stainless Steel Decision

Stainless Steel

A major decision will revolve around what type of finish you want on your appliances. Stainless steel is popular, but even in stainless steel there are options. Some manufacturers have “faux” stainless steel, while others have stainless steel that is coated to make it smudge-proof. If you wish to change up from stainless steel, major appliance manufacturers are back to touting white and black, perhaps with stainless trim such as the white or black “ice” collection from Whirlpool.

If you can't make up your mind among the variety of colors and finishes, you may consider no finish at all by purchasing panel ready models. This choice entails putting cabinet panels on your refrigerator and dishwasher to make them blend in with the surrounding cabinets.

Chimney Hood

Chimney Hood

When it comes to the vent hood, it should be very simple right? WRONG. You must choose among a standard hood, a designer model such as a chimney hood, or a microwave hood combination. Even among these three hood categories there are hoods that are ducted outside, or those that recirculate.

Does all of this begin to sound overwhelming? Well, help IS available. The professionals at Arizona Wholesale Supply deal with these issues on a daily basis. Call the location nearest you to schedule an appointment for help in selecting the appliances for your new kitchen.


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