Stacks of wood

The use of texture in interiors is nothing new.  But the use of rustic looking wood finishes is a trend that has migrated from architectural elements, like flooring and exposed beams, to furniture and now cabinetry.

Feb 23, 2015
Author: Wendy Anderson
Gray and White Color Choices

Like classic black and white photography, interior design that utilizes a black and white color scheme (or it's slight variation gray and white) will always be an iconic look.  Dark shades of gray will continue to be a popular look in home interiors, and because they are a shade off from black, they are considered a softer more subtle look.

Dec 01, 2014
Author: Karen Wistrom
Color Trends: Dark Indigo Up and Coming

In fashion, color trends vary with the seasons but for interior design, we look for long-term classic colors that will stand the test of time and your investment.  Dark Indigo is one of those colors that is very fashionable and "trendy" now in fashion, but it is a long term classic color whose peak in popularity will last for a long time. 

Sep 30, 2014
Author: Karen Wistrom
Mixing up Drawer Fronts. Kitchen design Tips

Solid, slab drawer fronts on the top drawers with five piece drawer fronts below is a look that has been around for a while. Years ago drawer fronts on kitchen cabinetry were most often a slab drawer of some type, either wood or metal.  As design preferences and manufacturing processes evolved, decorative five piece drawer fronts gained in popularity.

Sep 01, 2014
Author: Wendy Anderson
How to bring color into a kitchen design

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

Jul 28, 2014
Author: Karen Wistrom
Black is the New Gray in Interior Design

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.

Mar 24, 2014
Author: Karen Wistrom
Traditional Kitchen by Minneapolis Kitchen & Bath Designers Casa Verde Design

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.

Mar 03, 2014
Author: Karen Wistrom
Bathroom Design & Interior Design Trends of 2014

Houzz recently surveyed homeowners about their bath remodeling plans and results are reported HERE.

Jan 20, 2014
Author: Karen Wistrom
Where Do You Start With A Color Scheme?

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?

Dec 23, 2013
Author: Wendy Anderson
Color Pop: Using Bright Colors in Home Interiors. Contemporary Entry by Dallas Furniture & Accessories Horchow

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

Nov 18, 2013
Author: Karen Wistrom
Reclaimed and Repurposed Trend in Interior Design

With the recent introduction of our new "Weathered" and "Heritage Paint" finish collections, there has been much conversation about authentic reclaimed and repurposed artifacts

Oct 28, 2013
Author: Karen Wistrom
The Language of Color

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.

Aug 26, 2013
Author: Karen Wistrom
Trend Study: Make a Splash with Your Kitchen Backsplash

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. 

Jun 24, 2013
Author: Karen Wistrom
Trend Study: Kitchen Island Pendant Lighting

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.

Jun 03, 2013
Author: Karen Wistrom
A Kitchen & Bath Industry Trend Study on White Kitchens

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. 

Apr 01, 2013
Author: Karen Wistrom
Use Horizontal Grain for the Modern, Natural Look in a kitchen design. Close up of Horizontal grain cabinets

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.

Jan 28, 2013
Author: Karen Wistrom
Classic Looks for Kitchens. Contrasting Kitchen Colors.

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

Nov 27, 2012
Author: Karen Wistrom
Color Blocking in the Kitchen?

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.  

Sep 24, 2012
Author: Karen Wistrom
Color Forecasting - How do they do that?

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. 

Aug 13, 2012
Author: Karen Wistrom
Floating shelves are a popular kitchen interior design trend today. Reclaimed wood floating shelf idea from

In the world of fashion a trend is typically thought of as a popular fad, it will be around for a short time and then fade away, only to reappear again thirty years later for a whole new generation. This year I think it’s all about platform sandals. 

Jul 16, 2012
Author: Wendy Anderson
Defining Taupe

While varying shades of gray are the neutral of choice for many, others tend to find that the color gray can look cold and depressing. What do you do when you want to warm things up and still make a style statement?  Take a look at Knotty Alder, Cashew/Coffee.  This wood/stain/glaze combination falls into the taupe family, a grayish brown neutral. 

Apr 09, 2012
Author: Wendy Anderson
Color Palette. Trendy Colors vs. Classic Color Schemes

Pantone recently announced it's new "2012 Color of the Year" which gets many people in the design community talking and sharing inspired ideas.  Pantone, which describes itself as "the authority on color, provider of color systems and leading technology for accurate communication of color" is one of many organizations and companies working in the field of color forecasting. 

Jan 16, 2012
Author: Karen Wistrom