KBIS 2024 The Intersection of Design and Innovation

GE Cafe appliances celebrated color and nostalgia with their booth at KBIS 2024

My Favorite Finds from KBIS 2024 the Intersection of  Design and Innovation

         Welcome to Design and Construction Week and KBIS 2024 the intersection of design and innovation

Welcome to Design and Construction Week, where the world of design and innovation collides! Each year, this event brings together industry professionals from around the globe to explore the latest trends and innovations in residential design. The National Association of Home Builders International Builders Show (IBS) and the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) drew in over 100,000 passionate designers and construction experts to Las Vegas in February.

As a designer fully immersed in the world of KBIS 2024, I couldn’t help but be inspired by the design elements and technological advancements on display. Here are my favorite finds from KBIS 2024 the intersection of design and innovation.

Color: A Bold Comeback

Color enthusiasts, rejoice! KBIS 2024 brought back vibrant hues in kitchen and bath design. From lush greens to deep blues, color made a bold statement throughout the show. Brands like Kohler and GE Café embraced this trend, reintroducing retro-inspired colorways that have us longing for the comfort of nostalgia.

Think Barbi-core meets a colorized Father Knows Best while adding a modern twist by looking to the design archives for inspiration. Color is not only making a comeback but also becoming an integral part of the design conversation. If you are looking for a white and grey color palette, you will be disappointed.

Color and pattern at the GE Cafe Booth

Bold color at KBIS 2024. Photo by Thyme and Place Design

Sustainability: A Continuing Story

In a world increasingly conscious of environmental impact, sustainability remains a top priority for manufacturers, especially in design-build environments.  From eco-friendly materials to energy-efficient appliances, the industry is making strides towards a more sustainable future. At KBIS 2024, companies showcased their commitment to sustainability in design and innovation through products like Delta Brizo’s PVD finish process for the new sink from Kraus and their colorful Delta “Indy” line of bath faucets. Innovative composting solutions also exemplified this commitment to environmental stewardship.

The Indy bath collection by Delta Faucet is colorful and uses a technology called PVD to make long lasting finishes.

Under sink composter from Kraus provides a simple system for sustainability at home.

Technology: Shaping the Future of Design

Innovation and technology go hand in hand, and KBIS 2024 was no exception. From smart appliances to energy management systems, technology is shaping the future of design. Products like Span’s energy management system, which replaces standard electrical panels.  The system determines what is the best and most efficient use of the energy coming into the home and delivers it where needed.

Free Power’s wireless charging system is an amazing innovation that transforms everyday surfaces into wireless charging systems. This product was a best-of-show winner. The unit is installed into a countertop much like cutting out a sink and installing the power source into the counter material, A light creates a halo on the surface to locate the charging system.

Free power integrated charging systems are built right into the counter top.

Free Power charging system.


Our homes are becoming increasingly connected. Technology continues to revolutionize the way we live and interact with our homes, our interiors, and each other.

Arts, Craftsmanship, and Design Details

Amidst the wave of innovation, a reverence for craftsmanship and design details took center stage at the show. From artisanal metalwork like the beautiful sinks and hoods from Thompson Traders to artistic impressions integrated with appliance fronts at Monogram, every element spoke to the dedication to quality and beauty. Bocchi featured hand-painted sinks bathroom and Smeg always brings artistic intent to its line of appliances.Art and Artisits are important in kitchen and bath design where design and innovation meet

Curves Are Still Sexy

Curves and capsule shapes dominated booth designs, adding elegance and sophistication to the overall aesthetic. These shapes were trending at High Point Market. As interior design and kitchen design continue to intersect, these trends will continue to influence the shape of kitchen and bath design. You can see those furniture trends by clicking here to read the blog. 

Curves and capsule shapes are still sexy at KBIS 2023 and the intersection of design and innovation

Curves are still sexy.

Lighting Changes Everything

Lighting has become a major player in design. New technologies allow light to be curved, color-tuned, and placed in various spaces, transforming the ambiance of homes. Lighting is especially important in multi-generational designs. Interior lighting for cabinets, drawers, toe kicks, and even dishwashers is becoming a standard rather than a luxury. Lighting is bringing, health safety, and welfare together with ambiance and design to light up our lives. This is yet another example of the intersection of design and innovation.


Lighting is at the intersection of design and innovation especially for living in place design.

Lighting innovations


Closet Lighting at the New American Home 2024 the intersection of design and innovation was a big part of the the design at this year's New American Home tour.

NAH closet


KBIS 2024 The Intersection of Design and Innovation

Immersive Booth Experiences

For me, KBIS 2024 was an inspiring showcase of design and innovation. From bold colors to cutting-edge technology, the show offered a glimpse into the future of residential design. KBIS 2024 featured immersive booth experiences created by industry giants like Kohler and House Of Rohl. These spaces showcased design excellence and allowed attendees to explore products in engaging environments.  As a designer, I’m excited to embrace the spirit of exploration and continue pushing the boundaries of possibility in my clients’ homes. After all, the intersection of design and innovation is where dreams become reality.

Sharon L. Sherman, ASID, NCIDQ, CID, CKD


Sharon is the founder of Thyme and Place Design, headquartered in Wyckoff, New Jersey. She’s been practicing kitchen and bath design for the past 40 years and is a Past President of the American Society of Interior Designers – New Jersey chapter. She is a current member of the editorial board of KBB Magazine, the official magazine of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Sharon has also received a Kitchen Bath Design News 2022 Innovator of the Year Award.

Her award-winning designs and editorial comments have been featured in Forbes, The New York Times, Design Milk, Furniture Lighting and Decor, Designers Today, Bergen NJ magazineKitchen & Bath Design News, Woman’s Day, Country Decorating, Design NJ, New Jersey Home Magazine, 201 Magazine, The Best of Bergen, Savvy Living, The Vue, The Record, The Star-Ledger,  and Aspire as well as several books.

Her blog “Tips from the Trade” appears in digital form on DesignNJ.com and KBBonline.com. She has also appeared on HGTV’s My Big Amazing Renovation and episodes of House Smarts with Lou Manfredini.  Sharon was a featured speaker for  *Voices From The Industry*  at the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s international convention and The International Surfaces Event and is available for further speaking engagements nationwide on all topics related to running a successful kitchen and bath design business. She is also a CEU provider for IDCEC. 


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Sharon sherman

My award-winning designs haven been featured in multiple magazines, industry publications and on television. That’s nice affirmation, to be sure.

But perhaps the greatest accolade I’ve received is the repeat engagements with so many clients, project after project, year after year.

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