Mini Blog- Cabinet Hardware

Today there are so many different ways to customize a kitchen to a specific individuals taste. There is an infinite number of combinations and possible designs. Cabinet hardware has come a long way in recent years. There is a knob or pull for just about every different design style there is. The choices for hardware are endless because there are so many new shapes, sizes, materials, and finishes.

No standard exists for how hardware is to be installed on cabinetry. There is no right or wrong configuration, only the limit of the imagination. Back before there were so many different options, usually a knob was meant for a door and a pull was meant for a drawer. This configuration is still very common today, but many people are beginning to branch out from what was once considered the norm. Some people prefer to use all knobs, all pulls, or a variety.

With kitchens having higher ceilings than before a second row of smaller upper cabinets is frequently seen. In this instance it is the perfect place to choose something different for hardware than the rest of the kitchen. One example could be a small latch instead of a knob or maybe it switches to glass for an accent.

Mixing metals has also become quite common. For example, every metal in the kitchen does not necessarily have to match! A faucet can be a brushed stainless and all of the hardware can be a brushed gold. They may be different, but the kitchen and design still look perfectly cohesive.

The world of cabinet hardware is a daunting one because the choices seem to be endless. What may seem like a small and insignificant detail can actually make a huge impact on a space and a design. The shape, color, and size of the hardware must speak to the overall style or the design could not be as successful.

August Home Inspiration- Bathroom

Bathroom Inspiration

Aside from the kitchen, the bathrooms are generally the next most work-intensive remodeling project on the to-do list of homeowners. No matter how conscientious someone is about keeping their design classic, there will be something that will eventually go out of style. Be sure to remember that and try not to stress too much over it!

Not all of today’s popular styles look super trendy. In fact, many of them are simply bringing a twist to old ideas or freshening up some classic looks. What the consumer really needs to understand is that something can be both classic and trendy at the same time.

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Black Accents

This is one of those trends that can also be considered classic in nature. Black has been increasing in popularity when it comes to fixtures, hardware, accent walls, cabinetry, and more! The only color that could possibly be its rival would be white. These two opposites are the main neutrals. They are everyone’s go to colors when the objective is a simple color scheme.

From a design perspective, the contrast that this color gives when paired with the right color scheme is exactly why it has become so popular. It looks much more contemporary than before, which also helps add to its growing popularity. This is one trend that is in it for the long haul because of its versatility and classic nature. Don’t shy away from this trend!

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Industrial Enclosures

These shower enclosures have been gaining popularity for the past few years. This can definitely be considered something that will be more likely to lose popularity, but it is most likely to stick around as long as industrial style is still so desired. These enclosures can generally be found in a black finish and will often resemble a large window.

These enclosures have very clean lines and have a contemporary look to them. They tend to lean more towards one design style, but they are versatile enough that if done well they could be used in a variety of styles as well. Thanks to the black finish they will also pair very well with most color schemes.

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Wood Accents

Stains are making a comeback in a big way! In the past few years it was very rare to find wood tones in a design. They had taken a hiatus to make room for the white and gray design trend. Unfortunately, all of the gray color schemes have gotten boring and drab. By incorporating a warmer stain and wood tone it helps to liven up the space.

This brings much needed warmth, texture, and interest to the design. The most common stains that can be seen are more on the neutral spectrum. A neutral stain allows the client or homeowner to change the color scheme as often as they would like without having to change every finish in the space. This development will help to stretch out the gray color schemes, which could help to make it more of a classic neutral.

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Pendant Lighting

Wall mounted lights have become a standard in bathrooms, whether it be sconces on either side of the mirror or a wall mounted fixture above. They have dominated the market so much that companies are making wall mounted fixtures that coincide with the faucet and other fixtures. It’s so common that it has become stale.

Changing up this standard is like a breath of fresh air to designers everywhere. Pendant lights are most commonly seen in dining and kitchen applications, but they are steadily making their way into bathrooms everywhere. This was once not uncommon to see and it is nice to see another past “trend” coming full circle. This will add interest to a normally boring and forgotten space.

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Statement Mirror

Last, but not least, is the mirror. In the past mirrors were just the last piece of the puzzle that often seemed like an after-thought. When this happens in design it almost feels like something is missing; like it is incomplete. Now mirrors are getting the attention they deserve.

They now make a statement and have become an important focal point in the space. This is done by using a contrasting material, a vintage piece, or by having it framed. It is now grounded in the design. The most popular mirrors are rounded in shape and less linear. It softens the space to create a space that feels more like a destination.

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Most clients tend to focus so much on whether something will go out of style they don’t consider their own opinion. In the end the idea of something being “trendy” becomes negative instead of positive. This is more of a consideration in interior design than other areas of the design spectrum because most homeowners are not able to make changes as frequently as needed to keep up with the changing markets. Clients just have to follow their instincts and what will make them happy and everything else should come second.

December Home Inspiration- Emerging Trends

Emerging Trends

This is a popular time among design experts and professionals to think about the new trends that will be coming in the new year. A new year means fresh ideas and new designs. Most trends tend to fade within a year or two, while some can re-emerge after years of being dormant. In any case, this next year will be no different in terms of emerging and fading trends.

2019 will be filled with a much more calming, natural color pallet. Some things that will be emerging are more neutral wood tones. Oak is even making a comeback, but not in the way that you are thinking! As far as color goes, the predictions have been leaning towards the warmer tones of the color spectrum.

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Neutral Wood Tones

White kitchens are at their peak of popularity, but they are slowly losing steam and some people are looking to break up all that bright, stark white. In the past this has been done by using contrasting countertops, backsplash, flooring, or wall color. This next year will welcome a growing trend of using neutral wood tones to bring some interest and texture into a space. This can be done by changing up the color of the cabinets, having some stand out and make a statement.

These wood tones are also gaining popularity on their own as well, with many people ditching the once popular cherry cabinetry in favor of something more natural and subtle. This color pallet is most likely stemming from the current interest in saving the environment, even though the wood stain that you chose will not help save the earth from global warming.

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Warmer Color Pallet

The colors are now moving towards the warmer end of the spectrum. Even the more neutral gray that has taken center stage in more recent years is shifting from cooler grays to warmer grays. Most people are probably wondering how long that trend will last, and while it has shifted slightly it seems to be sticking around for a bit longer. This warm, neutral will pair nicely with the subtle wood tones for an accent.

Navy blue has been on the rise for quite some time and it seems to be no different in the coming year. Now it is being seen more in kitchen design, which means its at its peak in popularity. Hunter green, cavern clay, and living coral are all predicted by various color experts to be very popular colors this year. All of them tying back to nature in some way.

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Oak’s Comeback

All things old do in fact become new again! However, this time there is a twist. Whenever someone thinks about oak the first thing they picture is the builder grade oak cabinets that went into every home in the 90’s. These are not those cabinets. The new and improved oak has a much more subtle look to it.

Oak is a wood that has become very versatile because it has a very nice texture that is most commonly used in more rustic/farmhouse kitchens. Lately it can also be seen in the contemporary market because it brings some interest to the clean, linear look of that particular style. Painted oak has also gained popularity because it is normally more cost effective than maple and has a more distinct look to it.

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Introducing Black

Black is becoming much more popular in interiors in a big way. It is being used with white for a dramatic contrast then paired with rustic, warm wood finishes in order to tone it down and make it feel more natural. This also reduces how dark it makes the space feel, which is often why so many fear its use in their spaces.

The best part about black is that there is no hue to it, just like white and gray, which makes it the perfect neutral. It can also be used many different ways in as much or as little as necessary. It can be used as the main color of the kitchen cabinetry or it can be used on the island as an accent. It can be used on the fixtures in the kitchen or bathroom to make them stand out. It can even be used as a decor accent in other areas of the home.

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We have a lot to look forward to for the coming year! 2019 will be a year full of new and beautiful interior design. Colors are shifting to more warm and natural tones that mimic nature more. It is clear where our focus will be for the coming year. Aside from the aesthetics of design there will also be far more environmentally friendly design practices taking place as well.