Fresh Finds and Fast Fixes from the 2015 Kitchen and Bath Show
Introducing 41 inventive new ways to upgrade your cook space and wash rooms
Think beyond slab-like squares. This shapely 4-inch cement wall tile, Arabesque, has contours that fit together for an updated design, in 11 matte colors.
From about $15 per square foot;
This nimble 2-by-4-foot helpmate, aptly called the Server, has beadboard paneling and a black granite top. One side has two open shelves and drawers, and the other can squeeze in two barstools.
The graceful profile of this articulating Artesso pull-down makes it fit for any style kitchen, and the supple hose has a nice long reach. Magnets ensure snappy docking; finishes include stainless steel, shown.
From about $720;
Add punch to a pantry or other sliding door with Spectrum Color Barn Door Hardware, in your choice of eight colors, shown. Each kit comes with a track, a hanger, wheels, and a bottom guide.
From the people who popularized the retro-style fridge comes the 30-inch Retro Stove, in eight standard colors, including Jadite Green, shown, and 200 custom shades. Its extra-large oven is topped with sealed burners, two able to put out 15,000 Btus.
The Temp2O's light indicator goes from blue to magenta to red as the shower heats up, saving endless amounts of fiddling, never mind inadvertent ice baths.
With a built-in hand vac and a 180° swiveling head, the bagless Ergorapido is not your average bare-floor stick vac. Its self-cleaning brush-roll feature puts an end to snarls and, like the vac's quick-release dust cup, aims to keep your hands clean.
This chrome-trimmed plug-in kettle and two-slice toaster, members of Smeg's new 50's Retro Style collection, sport stout powder-coated bodies in seven cheerful colors.
From left: about $120 and about $140;
IKEA's all-new kitchen system, the Sektion Collection, offers more than twice the storage and configuration options, plus deeper uppers, four door styles, and organizers like this drawer-in-a-drawer.
About $2,200 for a 10-by-10-foot kitchen;
Soft cotton Quick-Dri towels, in a choice of 12 colors, save on dryer time and won't smell mildewy come summer. The waffle weave allows air to circulate and the towels to dry about 30 percent faster than standard terry.
About $84 for a six-piece set;
A witty take on industrial-chic tables and shelves, Steam Punk knobs and pulls come in several finishes, including this glowing Unlacquered Brass.
About $7.90 to about $17 each;
The well-priced brushed-nickel Brookside has a 12-inch prismatic-glass shade for diffused light and a metal stem to keep the cord under cover. Use one over a sink or a pair over an island for a dash of industrial style.
Home-center cabinets from American Woodmark now come in a forward-looking gray finish called Painted Stone. Door styles include, from left, Charlottesville, Reading, and Savannah.
From about $185 per linear foot;
Formica gets fresh, updated retro style, along with a glossy new scratch-resistant finish, with the Jonathan Adler Collection. Choices include neutral Lacquered Linen (countertop) and zesty orange Greek Key (backsplash).
Sheets, from about $17 per square foot;
Granite-topped vanities from Decolav's Matt Muenster Designer Series come with an espresso-stained veneer and are sold as modules, so you can choose your own configuration.
As shown, including sinks, tops, and pulls (but not faucets), about $696;
Tilting Mosaic "body spray" tiles come round or square and are designed for easy installation. They're also angling to be the first flush-mount spray tile that toggles from SPRAY to PULSE.
Available July 2015, from about $183 each;
The compact, easy-to-clean Ratchet has an innovative back-and-forth handle that quickly spin-dries up to 16 cups of lettuce in just a few moves.
Simmering a big pot of stock? The 36-inch Discovery Gas TouchTop can be programmed to turn off at a set time. Better still, it automatically shuts off after four hours, surely a first for gas burners.
Easier to install than cast iron, the Porcela undermount from Houzer is enameled steel and comes in four colors. The offset model shown is a punchy Navy Blue and, at about 19 by 29 inches and 9 inches deep, weighs just 28 pounds.
Two flex-temp center drawers and a platinum-gray LED-lit interior with extras like an herb keeper make the 5-Door Freestanding fridge an invitation to get organized. The measured-water dispenser is a recipe helper; the sleek black-stainless finish marries with other appliances.
For a quick cabinet or vanity makeover, Crackle Hexagonal Knobs from Home Decorators have a colorful crazed-ceramic head in four colors and an antiqued-brass-finish base.
About $2.88 each;
Pop the Touchless Toilet kit into the tank, et voila, you have a battery-operated, hands-free, ADA-compliant flush. A sticker on the lid tells you where to wave.
DIY a traditional cement-tile-inspired pattern with Merola's 7¾-by-7¾-inch glazed ceramic tiles—no sealant required. Choices include, from left, Revival Ring, Boheme Full, and Twenties Classic.
About $1.97 each;
This countertop oven pushes out microwaves in an innovative three-dimensional, circular pattern, says its manufacturer, so you don't get cold spots in the middle of a blistering plate of lasagna.
From about $330;
The multitasking Palisade, shown in chrome, switches from filtered to non-filtered water, so no need for a second faucet, not to mention another hole in the counter. An LED signals when it's time for a new filter.
The Cafe Series bottom-mount French-door fridge not only dispenses filtered water and ice but also brews coffee; a Keurig is built right into the door, freeing up counter space. Available fall 2015.
Reverse-osmosis systems throw off lots of waste water, but the super-efficient under-sink Circle Reverse Osmosis system has the amount down to a new low, the manufacturer says. The price is right, too, though keep in mind the need to periodically replace four different filters. Available late May 2015.
About $400; filters, about $23 to about $80;
The first seltzer-izer that can inject bubbles into any liquid, the Bonne O Carbonation System works with CO2 tablets instead of cartridges. And they mean any liquid, so go crazy: Sparkling thyme-infused strawberry lemonade, anyone?
About $150 (10 tablets for about $5);
The latest Palm hand shower has graceful new lines as well as a universal design that makes handling it a breeze. It attaches to a sleek vertical grab bar, making it easy to adjust the shower spray's height. Available fall 2015.
Hidden behind a drawer front in this pantry-style cabinet is a small slide-out table, the perfect solution for a space-starved kitchen in need of an extra spot for meals—or meal prep.
From about $1,380;
The Frigidaire Professional suite of stainless-steel appliances aims to entice by keeping the total cost of the range, dishwasher, and microwave at about $5,000; add about $3,200 and you can also get the fridge, as shown.
Range available summer 2015;
The first built-in frost-free freezer to seamlessly integrate with base cabinets, the Modular 3000 sits flush and comes with a stainless-steel or panel-ready door. Its hinges can be concealed and its height is adjustable, adding to the built-in look. It's also available in different widths, making it apt for islands.
From about $3,470; for retailers
Man-made quartz is prized for its durability and zero upkeep, and Wilsonart's new line offers dozens of colors and patterns, including Lyra, shown.
About $65 to about $85 per square foot, installed;
The double doors on the 30-inch GE Monogram French Door wall oven mean less bending down to reach in, a blessing for the back. The oven is a generous 5 cubic feet, so there's room for a turkey and a pie, too.
For those who want an industrial look plus the low maintenance of quartz, Caesarstone has added three concrete-inspired colors to its Classico collection, including Fresh Concrete, shown.
From about $65 per square foot, installed;
Don't be fooled by the slimness of the Cattura downdraft—it can move smoke and steam at the rate of 600 cubic feet a minute thanks to vents strategically placed along the top and sides. The blower, sold separately, works with new ducting options to ease installation. Available August 2015.
A toekick drawer is a sneaky spot to store kitchen gear—or maybe your jewelry—and the Toekick Drawer Modification feature makes it truly sneaky: The push-latch closure means there's no giveaway knob. It's made to fit Schrock, Diamond, and Kemper cabinets.
From about $515;
These wood-look vinyl planks go down quickly and, what's more, should a pipe spring a leak—or worse—they can be pulled up, dried out, and reinstalled. That's a first, says the manufacturer.
From about $4.50 per square foot;
Alternating bands of chrome-finished aluminum and smoke-gray glass give the Gridscape Series V2 shower wall an updated look. The 36-by-72-inch panel can also work as a room divider.
This ring-shaped grab bar can be held at multiple angles and by people whose heights range from 4 to 6 feet. It's made of aluminum and comes in dark blue, gray, and this punchy yellow.
Designed to fit in a typical 5½-foot alcove, the oval acrylic Serenity tub has an elongated backrest and armrests, which give the tub a roomy feel despite its modest 63-by-34-inch footprint.
From about $1,805;