Latest Trends: Mixed metals, Zip Water, bidet toilets

Latest Trends: Mixed metals, Zip Water, bidet toilets

Fresh off the plane from Orlando, and straight to the presses at Stanislaus Magazine, here are the newest and greatest in kitchen and bath from KBIS. It’s the largest kitchen and bath show in the country with more than 70,000 people in attendance and displays covering over 7 million square feet.

These were the standout trends and features from the tours I led for the Interior Design Society and the National Kitchen and Bath Association:

Coolest kitchen/bar area feature: Zipwater. This incredibly handy device works much like a reverse osmosis machine. It has an effective water filter and dispenses boiling water, carbonated water, cold water and room temperature water. The unit is only 18” deep and 12” wide and is designed to fit in a traditional kitchen sink cabinet. It has an option of installation separate from the kitchen sink as well, providing an elevated bar or coffee station water dispensing experience. It comes in a variety of finishes: polished nickel, brushed nickel, stainless steel, brushed gold and matte black. The company originally focused on commercial installations, now making its components a great fit for active families. (us.zipwater.com/)

Hottest finish trend: Mixed Metals. Everywhere I looked there were interesting finish combinations for metal fixtures in the home: cabinet hardware, plumbing trims and even appliances. Gone is the requirement to match every piece of metal in the home in a single metal finish color. Now there are all kinds of blends: stainless and polished nickel, matte black and brushed gold, matte white and burnished bronze. Standouts in this area were Emtek hardware (where your hallway metal can be one finish and your room’s interior may be another. You can find a great display of this at Modesto Door and Window on Carpenter Road), House of Rohl Plumbing, found at Abe’s Discount Plumbing on 9th Street, and GE Cafe Appliances, found at Direct Appliance on McHenry Avenue. Visit emtek.com/ products/cabinet-knobs; houseofrohl.com; cafeappliances.com.

Latest “must have” in primary bathrooms: bidet toilets. Once reserved for only the most luxurious bathrooms, bidet toilets are becoming more common in primary bathrooms for health and convenience reasons. I use them in nearly every ADA and aging-inplace bathroom I design. Bidet toilets mitigate the risk of urinary tract infections in women and keep people more healthy as their mobility and continence may decline with age. The most well known brands are Toto and Kohler. They have all sorts of options available, such as heated seats, fragrance, music, sani-flush cyclone technology and lighting (used as a night light most often). You can find a couple on display at Abe’s Discount Plumbing. Visit www.totousa.com or us.kohler.com.

Recent Project

River View Remodel

We were invited to design this house for our returning clients as their forever home with concealed aging-in-place features. Featured in Dekton by Cosentino national advertising, this house is a clever juxtaposition of rustic and refined. Dekton and marble counters, stoneware penny tile, dark metals, gold fixtures and warm light hardwood flooring make this space […]

View Project

  • Thank you so much for all your hard work to make our home beautiful and inviting. I cannot express how much joy I have walking into my house each day. We could not have achieved this without you. You truly exceeded our expectations and we are truly grateful! You all have been a wonderful blessing in our lives, we are so happy to have had the chance to work with you, know you and become friends with you! Thank you so much!

  • I am so glad we were able to meet yesterday. I love your vision for our living area. I think the rooms will be pleasing and comfortable and thank you for being so thoughtful in helping to create a functional and practical space for us. I truly appreciate how you understand that having adequate storage is important to me and have taken the time to analyze how to achieve this in the new small space in a pleasing and aesthetic manner.

  • We smile every time we walk into our bright and modern kitchen as well as our warm and comfortable living and dining rooms. Exquisite work Wendy, thank you so much.

  • We have never worked with an interior designer before and couldn’t have been more pleased!! What we were looking for were insights and a professional, creative slant on our project. Wendy brought both In abundance!

  • Wendy was a joy to work with! She can "envision" the completed project and her guidance with the process was priceless! Love her cheerful attitude and honesty! I highly recommend her!

  • Wendy is absolutely the best work with! She was simply amazing! She exceeded my expectations beyond measures! She help us through the process and made everything so much easier.

  • Wendy came to my home to help me pull together my furniture and decor. She was wonderful work with and I could not recommend her more.

  • My husband and I decided to work with Wendy based on her recommendations and I am so glad we did! Wendy is an absolute pleasure to work with! She is kind, professional, responsive, takes into consideration your opinion, taste and style and produces a fantastic result. She is amazing at what she does and our beautiful home is a result of her exceptional work. We couldn’t be happier we chose Wendy and will definitely use her again in the future!

  • My husband and I feel truly grateful and fortunate to have had Wendy's expertise and guidance through all 3 phases of our remodels. We now have a lovely home, thanks to Wendy.

  • We loved working with Wendy and our happy to give her our wholehearted endorsement to handle your interior design projects. We have had many compliments on our home and look forward to working with Wendy in the future.