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
A Dramatic Update in a Vintage Space

When empty nesters, Bill and Anne, decided it was time to downsize they became the new owners of an almost perfect condo oozing with vintage charm.  The one exception in this beautiful space was the outdated, poorly laid out, small kitchen.

Nov 03, 2014
Author: Wendy Anderson
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
Pantone's 2014 Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid

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."

Dec 09, 2013
Author: Karen Wistrom
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 Art of Authentic Finishes. Authentic Cabinetry Finishes

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. 

Oct 07, 2013
Author: Karen Wistrom
Dramatic Weathered Wood Finishes

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. 

Sep 16, 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

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
Green Emerald

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

Dec 17, 2012
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
Gray Color Pallette. Popular Gray Paint Colors Arrive for Kitchen and Bath

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

Nov 05, 2012
Author: Karen Wistrom
Hot Color Combinations! Dura Supreme Cabinetry Blog

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.

Oct 15, 2012
Author: Karen Wistrom
Making a Statement with Graphite

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.

Oct 08, 2012
Author: Wendy Anderson
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