By Katy Tomasulo. This year's Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (K/BIS) will be held April 5-7 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Around the floor, visitors can expect to see an emphasis on luxury, as manufacturers unveil an array of relaxing products for stressed homeowners, including new shower systems, bathtubs that incorporate aromatherapy and chromatherapy, and steam generators. As always, stainless steel will be prevalent in most appliance booths, but don't be surprised to find a splash of color here and there. High-end manufacturers also are finding ways to stay ahead with new variations of the popular finish.
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Kallista. Part of the Michael Smith For Country Collection, this tub features an elegant wood surround with a marble top. The unit measures 44 inches by 821/2 inches, is 221/2 inches deep, and is shown here with a whirlpool tub and an antique silver trim kit. (888) 452-5547. www.kallistainc.com.
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Dacor. The 36-inch Epicure wall oven features the company's Pure Convection, a cooking system that incorporates a third heating element away from the food, allowing for even multi-rack cooking in 10% less time and at a 25-degree lower temperature. The unit offers a large internal capacity and is available in stainless steel. (800) 772-7778. www.dacor.com. Dornbracht. The ShowerModule shower panel includes an adjustable three-way showerhead, four body-targeted sprays, and an adjustable handspray. The panel, which is made of frosted green glass side panels with a chrome or brushed stainless faccedil;ade, offers three water volume settings. (800) 774-1181. www.dornbracht.com.
Blanco. Made of 80% granite, Silgranit sinks are resistant to heat, extreme changes in temperature, and stains and scratches. The easy-to-clean material weighs about half as much as cast iron and does not absorb odors. Six new designs are available in four colors. Blanco. (800) 451-5782. www.blanco america.com.
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Sub-Zero. The 601RG custom refrigerator sports a glass door, allowing homeowners to view contents without opening the door. A dimmed interior light can stay on when the door is closed and will switch to full illumination when the door is opened. The unit offers 19.9 cubic feet of storage space. (800) 332-9513. www.subzero.com. KitchenAid. Part of the company's Architect Series, this flush-to-cabinet trash compactor offers a 1.4-cubic-foot capacity, a 4-to-1 compact ratio, and special sound insulation. In addition to stainless steel, the company offers a range of colored door panel options, including red, cobalt blue, and yellow. (800) 253-3977. www.kitchenaid.com.
DuPont Corian. The company is adding nine new colors to its solid surfacing line, including cocoa brown, fossil, stone washed, and oyster. The material is non-porous, stain-resistant, and seamless. It comes with a 10-year installed warranty. (800) 426-7426. www.corian.com.
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Merillat. Designed to complement popular appliance colors, the new bisque cabinet color falls between white and almond on the color spectrum. The color, which is available on the company's Ashlynn Creek and Arbor Falls II cabinet lines, resembles painted wood, the maker claims. (800) 575-8763. www.merillat.com. Jacuzzi. This shower system positions the fixtures at the front corner of the glass enclosure, allowing users to look out into the room while bathing. The shower column includes a multi-setting showerhead, directional massaging body jets, thermostatic control, and a toe-touch temperature spray, which allows the user to test the temperature before fully entering the unit. Timber, chrome, and white columns are available. (800) 288-4002. www.jacuzzi.com.
Soho Corp. Bridgemaster is the first bridge-style faucet to incorporate a pull-out spray, the maker says. The faucet, which is made in London, is available in a range of finishes. (800) 969-7646.
Wellborn. Divinity, the company's latest cabinet finish, complements any color scheme, the maker says. Shown here on Harbour II beadboard panel doors, the finish also is offered on Madison and Savannah door styles. (800) 336-8040. www.wellborn.com.