As the first big industry trade show since lockdown two years ago, kbb Birmingham is an influential event in the industry calendar.

So much has changed in our lives since Covid struck and at Trend-Monitor we were keen to understand how this has impacted on the kitchen and bathroom trends we predicted at the last kbb Birmingham back in 2020?

Held at the Birmingham NEC between 6th and 9th March 2022

Trend No.1: Shelf-Scaping

In 2020 an important trend was the move away from hiding everything out of view in cupboards and instead displaying tastefully curated accessories as part of the kitchen or bathroom design

This year, the stands were fully ‘shelf-scaped’ and what used to be described as clutter was out there adding interest and personality to our living spaces

The trend for open shelving also supports the growing consumer interest in broken plan living, where modular shelving is used to break up a large area without creating a solid wall.

KBB Trend No.1 Shelf-Scaping – What used to be described as clutter is now out there on display shelving, adding interest and personality to our living spaces @kbb_birmingham #kbbtrends2022 Click To Tweet

Trend No.2: Textured Detailing

A decade of bland smoothness in interiors has gradually been forced aside by an interest in adding texture to various interior features. From knurled handles to concrete finishes, texture is finding it’s way into our kitchens and bathrooms

KBB Trend No.2: Textured Detailing – From knurled handles to concrete finishes, texture is finding it's way into our kitchens and bathrooms @kbb_birmingham #kbbtrends2022 Click To Tweet

Trend No.3: Wood Inserts

In 2020 we noted the amount of wood and wood-effect surfaces throughout the show. Fast-forward two years and natural wood was the dominant surface finish at this year’s show.

Making it’s way into all areas of our homes, wood was combined with different surfaces to add yet more interest and texture to our interiors

KBB Trend No.3: Wood Inserts – Wood was the dominant surface at this year's @kbb_birmingham, combined with different surfaces to add yet more interest and texture to our interiors. #kbbtrends2022 Click To Tweet
The MHK stand

Trend No.4: Black Goes Mainstream

Black has been the new chrome for a long time now and is now a conventional finish in bathrooms and kitchens.But where it used to just be available for the taps and maybe the shower screen surround, black is now everywhere, from the door hinges to the sanitaryware and everything in between.

KBB Trend No.4: Black Goes Mainstream – From the door hinges to the sanitaryware and everything in between, black is now a conventional finish in bathrooms and kitchens @kbb_birmingham #kbbtrends2022 Click To Tweet


And just as we were getting used to black, there’s a new finish on the horizon. Could white be the next black?


Trend No. 5: Next Level Extraction

The stakes are high in the extraction category and this is an area where the technology is of genuine interest to the consumer as their concerns about air quality continue to grow.

Downdraft extraction products are the clear winners with their sleek designs, forcing the extractor hood to appear clumsy and inefficient.

KBB Trend No.5: Next Level Extraction – The stakes are high in the extraction category as the technology is of genuine interest to the consumer whose concerns about air quality continue to grow. @kbb_birmingham #kbbtrends2022 Click To Tweet
Neff Glass Draft Hood

Trend No.6: Touchless Applications

Touchless kitchen and bathroom products are not new, they have been around for many years in commercial and hospitality environments. However, raised hygiene concerns in the aftermath of the pandemic have generated new interest in touchless products for the domestic home.

KBB Trend No.6: Touchless Applications – Raised hygiene concerns in the aftermath of the pandemic have generated new interest in touchless products for the domestic home @kbb_birmingham #kbbtrends2022 Click To Tweet

Trend No. 7: Quiet Credentials

Working from home has made consumers much more aware of the layers of noise surrounding us in our homes and we are now seeing an increased interest in products that ensure that acoustic design is as important as visual design.

As a result, the noise level (or lack of it) is an important selling point for appliance brands who are becoming increasingly keen to emphasis the quietness of their products within their marketing communications

KBB Trend No.7: Quiet Credentials – The noise level (or lack of it) is an important selling point for appliance brands who are becoming increasingly keen to emphasis the quietness of their products within their marketing communications… Click To Tweet

Trend No. 8: Outdoor Kitchens

A potential new trend prediction for 2022 and one that kitchen manufacturers are keen to promote judging by the number of outdoor kitchen stands at the show.

Driven by the lockdown summer months which encouraged us to make the best of our outdoor spaces, consumer spend on outdoor spaces has increased significantly since the pandemic struck. The UK climate may ultimately prove too temperamental for outdoor kitchens to develop beyond the ‘fad’ stage, nevertheless developments in outdoor heating, lighting and furniture could support it’s growth into a true trend

KBB Trend No.8: Outdoor Kitchens – A potential new trend prediction for 2022 or will the UK climate ultimately prove too temperamental for outdoor kitchens to develop beyond the ‘fad’ stage? Click To Tweet

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