Top 5 Takeaways From Health and Wellness Designs at KBIS 2020

February 5, 2020
Sauna Bathroom
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From smart fitness trackers to hot yoga, Americans are increasingly invested in health and wellness, and unsurprisingly, the trend has spilled into housing design. At this year’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), residential products that help homeowners live healthier lives were on full display: Chef-style prep sinks, saunas, antibacterial fans, and accessible bathroom designs all made the case for including wellness-centered design in your next build. Forbes boiled down the show’s top five themes in this year’s health and wellness trends that will make you rethink how you approach kitchen and bath projects.

One of the strongest residential building and remodeling trends in recent years has been the growth of wellness design. That was evident at this year’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show. The massive trade expo, combined since 2014 with the even larger International Builders’ Show into Design & Construction Week, was chock full of new product releases intended to enhance homeowners’ health and well-being.

While health and well-being are broad descriptions that can easily lend themselves to hyperbole and inflated ‘well-washing’ claims, products that meet the criteria generally fit one or more of these five facets of wellness design. All were well-represented on the show floor.

Fitness and health

Products that help you prepare healthier foods like chef style prep sinks and ranges or ovens with sous vide, steam or air fryer capabilities; that enhance your personal hygiene like bidet seats and toilets, and that that facilitate exercise-related recovery like steam showers, saunas and massaging showerheads would all fit this category.

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