Without a doubt, white kitchens are a clear-cut consumer favorite for their crisp monochromatic color scheme and timeless style. Despite the popularity of all-white kitchens, there are many homeowners that still prefer to incorporate color within their new kitchen. The challenge for designers and homeowners is in creating a long-term, classic style while still incorporating the homeowners lov
The cool metal tones (stainless steel, nickel, chrome, etc.) that have outsold all other finishes on everything from decorative hardware, to faucets and to furniture, have become so popular they have begun to look commonplace.
Black is making a come back! Black has long been a classic and classy accent for interiors and even with the current popularity of gray, black is making a come back.
In early February, kitchen designers and industry professionals from across the USA converged in Las Vegas for the annual Kitchen Bath Industry Show (KBIS) which was held in conjunction with the International Builder's Show (IBS). Although final numbers have not been released, the two shows were expected to draw around 70,000 residential building professionals.
Houzz recently surveyed homeowners about their bath remodeling plans and results are reported HERE.
Many people seem uncomfortable when it comes to selecting a color palette for their project let alone the entire house. Everyone has a favorite color, but is it too bold to use on a large scale? What about this color, do they go together? How can I make good color choices?
Last week, with big fanfare, Pantone announced it's prediction for the 2014 color of the year!
Drum roll please ... Radiant Orchid
According to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of Pantone, "An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today's society."
Using bright, bold colors in home interiors is daunting for many homeowners. I often hear, "I love bright, beautiful colors but I'm afraid I won't like that color a few years from now!". Many homeowners express concern about over-committing to a specific color that may be too overwhelming or too "loud" for their space. And many express concern about whether or not they will still like that c
Part of the allure of certain artisan finishes is how authentic they look as they personify a specific look. As re-claimed, re-stored and re-purposed looks rise in popularity, there are many companies re-creating these looks to bring an element of texture and intrigue into home interiors.
Designers draw inspiration from a variety of sources but taking cues and getting inspiration from nature is a deep well of ideas for many designers.
Recent interior trends that use reclaimed artifacts or industrial elements (original brickwork, exposed beams, warehouse flooring, etc.) are also giving impetus to design trends that utilize raw natural elements.
Have you ever noticed that conversations about color tend to use words that relate to feelings?
“That color feels happy”.
Or, “that color feels too heavy”.
Or, “powerful, peppy, intense, blah”.
Whatever words you choose to describe a particular color, oftentimes we use words that describe feelings.
Because color transforms. And color evokes feelings.
It's a challenge sometimes to introduce color into kitchens because cabinetry is a long term investment and color trends vary over the years. Homeowners will often ask, "What if the color I like today looks dated and old after a few years?"
As style trends lean more and more toward clean, crisp transitional styling, the backsplash (the wall area between the countertop and the underside of wall cabinets) is also utilizing sleek new products.
The typical pendant light installation over a kitchen island has traditionally been three lights. However, with recent trends toward large, over-scale light fixtures and very decorative pendants that are the focal point of a room, the trend is toward fewer lights that are larger scale.
If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you've heard us say before that kitchen trends often take color cues from the larger world of fashion.
Purist contemporary design has embraced horizontal grain for a number of years, but as soft contemporary and transitional looks have become more mainstream, horizontal grain is popping up more and more on homeowner wish lists.
By now, most designers have heard the news announced last week, that Pantone's color of the year for 2013 is Emerald. This announcement always comes with some interesting debate and opinions, but we are already seeing this color in fashion magazines and even in stores. The question is, how long before it becomes hotly requested by consumers for home interiors now that it is on everyone's rada
Kitchens with a high-contrast color combination have been popular for some time now and their popularity shows no signs of waning. A combination of a dark stain and a light paint is a classic look that will age gracefully in the years to come. There certainly are some trends that can be identified in later years as a by-gone look from the 70s or 80s or even the 90s. But this classic mix of c
With Dura Supreme's recent launch of gray paints, it has been interesting to see these finishes suddenly flowing across our manufacturing floor, destined for homes around the country. We've already seen enthusiastic acceptance of these new colors as homeowners started immediately selecting our vari
Kitchen cabinetry is a fashion-based industry and Dura Supreme's product development team and color analysts are constantly in-development on cutting edge products and finishes.
The project started with an early 1980’s vacation rental on Kiawah Island in South Carolina. With its typical layout of closed off rooms, the new owners still saw great potential. Multiple walls were removed and what was created was a beautiful open floor plan which suits the relaxed, casual lifestyle of the island.
Kitchen design is a fashion-oriented industry and kitchen designers strive to stay on the cutting edge of trends so they can advise, recommend and deliver couture interiors for their customers.
THE hot color trend right now is gray - all shades of light, dark and in-between.
Walking into clothing stores at the beginning of a new season, it was fascinating to me to see the landscape of color change with the new season and to see so many stores featuring a similar color story.