Oh, gosh, I do love Teal. What's not to like of the blue-green dream; the richly saturated color invokes drama yet is soothing, serene, and carts you away to the pacific seas (yes, I actually gasped at this same intense color naturally displayed in a whirling coastal pool at Bondi Beach)! Even better if you want to bring a little beach back home, try using the entire color palette. White sand shores, black pools, and frothy sea green crashing waves. Tiny pops of bright mustard yellow and tangerine will compliment your mise-en-scene, bon voyage!
Its a new year and a good time to explore what's hot and what's not while the creative among us are driving and creating new trends in the months ahead. After scouring design editorials there are a few consistent threads. If I may opine....a lot of these trends aren't really new, some are comebacks, some have been on trend for a few years, and some are emerging.
Two Tone Cabinets: The popularity of white & wood is expected to continue or the concept sometimes referred to as "Tuxedo"; containing some version of black and white. This could be grey (or any saturated color) in combination with a pale color or white. Use the contrast in uppers vs. lowers, on an island or just accents.
Splurge Spaces: Foyers, powder rooms and laundry rooms. Whether you're impressing your guests or adding function to this space - the foyer is first impression of your home and deserves attention. Ditto powder room, its the room all your guests will likely visit. If functioning rooms like your kitchen and baths warrant good design so goes the laundry room and could make the chore a more pleasurable and efficient experience.
Color: Pantone's color of the year, Greenery (15-0343) is a "fresh & zesty burst of yellow-green that evokes the first shades of spring". Its hard to feel anything but happy around this color that pairs well with almost everything. Another color trend: White on White, not literally but white with off-white and creams. This color concept takes an all white room from clinically stark to an inviting space reminiscent of floral blossoms.
Glass & Black Iron: Black framed windows, interior doors and shower glass with black grids, we saw a hint of this in 2016, likely inspired by the industrial design trend --predicting this to surge this year.
Wood Featured Baths: Expect wood to take a bigger role in bathrooms. Wood soaking tubs, wood paneling, wood floors, wood vanities & storage, wood tub surrounds, wood mats, slats, & benches.
Bars: Bars are back! Where once we were ripping out those wet bars from the 70's. Bars are back and big. Perhaps the popularity of mixologist's cocktails or just the need to drink a little more in a time of political uncertainty, entertaining at home is big and a place (big or small) to pour your favorite libation is de rigueur!
Yay! One of my projects was "hand-picked" by a writer to be a featured editorial, HOUZZ Kitchen of the Week. This was such a fun project to do because it was creative and the client was amazing to work with. A joy when your client embraces color and is your partner in the design journey. Many thanks to all who helped make the new kitchen come to life; the General Contractor, installers, & vendors (credited in the article). Read on: Kitchen of the Week: Vintage Charm in Southern California
Wow, wow wow! Hand crafted tiles are more exciting than ever. And that's saying a lot because tile shopping has always been such a fun part of my work. Lately, I'm seeing a lot of painting on natural stone tiles. Maybe the natural stone lends itself like a canvas giving depth and variation to an image. Kudos to the folks at clé tile and the artists they are working with to introduce some truly unique and spectacular works of art to clad your abode's walls. More photos below of some pretty mind blowing examples of this art work in clay. Whether chinoiserie, urban edge, nature, or photography fits your decor they've got you covered. And the price does not even offend for some of these and almost anyone can splurge for a small amount of wow!
American Standard, the long well known and reliable middle market brand has been changing things up a bit. Their new 4200 SF design studio located with their research facility in Piscataway, NJ along with an enhanced design team and the addition of DXV, a luxury market division all make it clear they are on a mission to elevate the brand. Displayed at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), Jan 20, 2016 were the DXV 3D technology bathroom sink faucets. In a most impressive use of 3D printing technology it actually impacts the faucet function by enabling water to pass right through the design. Watch the video!