It’s officially summer time. It crept up on us pretty quickly as we haven’t stopped moving since January. Even as the cold and snow and ice came in things kept moving on all of our job sites. As our client’s spent more time stuck inside this winter the need to revive and freshen up living spaces became great. With spring suddenly “sprung” our phones and emails continue to buzz with enthusiastic requests to do away with the old and bring in some new…NOW!
Though it was freezing cold outside we had the pleasure of planning and dreaming up open airy spaces and bringing fresh new finishes to life. Here is a list of Kitchen Trends we continue to see in the coming season:
CONTRAST: Contrasting the upper cabinet colour with the base cabinet colour lends a sharp finish to the updated kitchen. Particularly, painting the lower cupboards dark while painting the upper cabinets a light will give you that desired contrast look. Here are two recent projects depicting this distinct trend:
The Look Lowers: Dark charcoal stain. Uppers: Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee OC-45
The Look Lowers: Walnut stain on maple base cabinets. Uppers: Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17
METALS: It’s not all about polished or brushed chrome anymore. Copper, brass and even black finishes are making their way in to kitchens, bathrooms and home accessories.
We love the gentle hits of brass in the faucet and pendants below. It adds warmth with an updated “retro” look and feel to this classic kitchen. (Faucet by Delta)
LARGE SCALE: The use of two sizeable pendants over the kitchen island – instead of the standard three that was seen for many years – is changing the scope and size of what we hang over the kitchen island. The more dramatic the better, therefore we really only need two! (Pendants by Kichler)
WALNUT: Things are warming up in the world of wood and kitchen cabinetry. Walnut (horizontal & vertical grained) cabinets are very popular these days. The clean lines of the wood grain gives a very modern look and texture while its colour adds warmth and subtlety. Walnut can also be seen dominating the furniture market too.
PRACTICAL MEETS FASHIONABLE: Banquettes continue to be a great way to incorporate family seating when space is tight in a kitchen. Built-in drawers under the bench allow for extra hidden storage.
GREY: Along with white, the colour grey continues to be the go-to neutral in the interior design world today. Pair your beautiful grey cabinets with a patterned Calacatta or Carrara marble backsplash. The subtle grey veining will tie in beautifully to the cabinet colour.
On top of our busy work schedule, Lisa and Steve married in May and sold their beautiful “Glenwood” home. They have since purchased another property and are currently in the process of reno plans and permits. Get ready for another year of watching Steve and Lisa, and her talented architect sister Lauren, collaborate on a brand new home project together – it’s going to be a blast! #lisanstevebuildtake2…
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