Color Trends from the kitchen and bath show

Last week I was invited to attend The kitchen and Bath show in Vegas (KBIS) with Veronika Miller and the Modenus team along with 24 other design bloggers. We were sponsored by nine amazing vendors, many of whom had exciting new products to show us. I have so many things to share with you but since I am a color lover I thought I would start off with the color trends at KBIS2016.

So as not to overwhelm you I have divided the color trends into four categories.

Cabinets, Appliances, Fixtures and Flooring. I plan to write a post every few days about each category and I will begin with trending colors for cabinets.

CABINET Colors: The first thing I noticed as I walked the showroom floor at KBIS was not what color the cabinets were but what color they were NOT. Could it be that we are coming to the end of the overwhelming popularity of white painted cabinets? Only a handful of booths (out of hundreds) showed white cabinets in their display.

What I did see was display after display of black, gray and exposed wood grain cabinetry. I also saw one very exciting new application of bold color.

black kitchen cabs1

La Cornue

Black cabinets had a huge presence at KBIS. Shown in both kitchen and bath displays, most had a matte finish. Light colored quartz and marble was the number one counter top and the majority had simple white subway tile used for the back splash and walls.

black bathroom cab

Bathroom in Responsive Show Home. Designed by Bobby Berk

Painted gray cabinets tended more toward charcoal and were also more often than not, combined with white or light counter tops.

gray cabinets

gray cabinets2

I did see a handful of painted cabinets and this blue floating bathroom vanity one was one of my favorites.

blue wall cabinet

Cerused or exposed wood grain cabinets also had a strong showing. I had seen a lot of this cerused wood last January at KBIS 2015 as well. This treated wood tends to read as taupe and some have a slight pink undertone.

exposed grain

Wood Mode, one of our sponsors, introduced their new rift-cut white oak. This particular door has a sandblasted distressing with a graphite glaze. It’s a great option for those who desire a light wood cabinetry but want something with a little more interest than plain old white.

cerused wood

Wood Mode rift-cut white oak with graphite glaze

I also spotted very bright orange cabinets on display. German cabinet company Bauformat featured a bright orange lacquered kitchen.

orange cabinets by Bauformat

orange cabinets by Bauformat

It was eye catching for sure and the Europeans are much more open to this bold use of color than most Americans. At least I know where I live in the conservative North East this bold bright orange would never fly.

However…..I did see this display and this I can get behind.

Ombree Blue by Thermadore

Blue Ombree by Thermadore

Thermadore (one of our sponsors) debuted this customizable cooling center painted with a highly reflective automotive paint done in a blue ombree. It was nearly impossible to get a decent photo because the surface was so reflective. In person it was one of the most beautiful displays at the show. I can’t stop thinking about it and would jump at the chance to design a kitchen around this beauty.

Which cabinet color is your favorite or are you still in the painted white camp? Would you dare go automotive glossy blue?




The 2016 Colors of the year

This morning the top dog, the big kahuna of color forecasting, Pantone, released their pick for the 2016 color of the year. For the first time ever Pantone chose not one but two colors, Serenity and Rose Quartz.

Pantone's colors of the year

Pantone colors of the year

My very first thought when I saw this image was baby boy, baby girl, twin nurseries. Separately, I actually like both colors. Rose quartz, or blush, has been trending for a couple years now and used in the right context is gorgeous.


Blue, especially rich saturated blues are also hugely popular and last year the internet was abuzz with disbelief that Pantone didn’t pick a deep Mediterranean Blue as their color of the year for 2015.  By itself, Serenity is a perfectly lovely color, I’m just not a fan of this particular pastel blue paired with rose quartz for much else except a nursery.

As explained by Leatrice Eiseman,

“This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumers’ increased comfort with using color as a form of expression which includes a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged, and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.”

Reading her explanation I get it. The pairing of these two colors are more about what’s trending in our society than it is about colors for interiors (hello Caitlyn Jenner). Regardless, both these colors are a breath of fresh air compared to last years choice of oppressive Marsala.

Back in November two other paint companies, Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams also announced their picks for color of the year and coincidentally (or not) they both chose a soft white.

Benjamin Moore color of the year Simply White

Benjamin Moore color of the year Simply White

Sherwin Williams Color of the year Alabaster

Sherwin Williams Color of the year Alabaster

As someone who is in the final week of treatment for breast cancer, these picks struck a nerve with me. I felt they both”nailed it” so to speak. I chose a soft white for my family room for the One Room Challenge and coincidentally, all the trim in my home is painted Simply White. Being someone who LOVES color you might think my affinity for white is odd but the great thing about white is that it plays a wonderful supporting role to all the rich saturated colors I love to use.

Psychologically, White represents a clean slate, a fresh start, and don’t we all crave a more simple, organized and stress free life heading into 2016?

I know I do. Cancer has rocked my world but also in a positive way. Heading into 2016 I do want a fresh start. I want to simplify things in both my business and my personal life. I want to finish undone projects. I want to continue to declutter and I want to stop living in limbo with the never ending conversation with my husband about whether we should downsize and move or stay. Who cares? Cancer has taught me that you can do your best to plan your life but things happen. It is important to live each day to the fullest because who knows what will happen tomorrow.

Bottom line, the colors of the year have much less to do with interior paint colors than they do about the current pulse of what’s happening in our world. Given the devastating happenings of the past few months and especially yesterday in California, I think we can all agree that Rose Quartz, Serenity or White are all colors we can seek refuge in.

I would love to hear from you. Which color is your favorite of the three?

Friday’s Photo: DIY wall art

Here is a clever DIY wall art idea that I saw while at Spring market. A collection of vintage National Geographic magazines used not only as the art work but for added color in this otherwise neutral room.

Magazines as artwork

Magazines as artwork

Wouldn’t this be perfect for a basement where there are often long expanses of windowless walls?

Have a great weekend everyone.

Chemo week one: So many of you have been so incredibly kind to reach out and inquire how I am handling the chemo and wondering how I am feeling. Here is a quick summary of week one for those who are interested. I had four good days, two days of feeling like crap and one day that felt like I went to the most awesome party of my life (that I have no memory of) drank 2-3 bottles of champagne, danced non-stop all night, at some point fell out of a second story window, then for some reason went to bed with a ball of tinfoil in my mouth. Obviously I am joking but let me just say day three of chemo is not for wimps! 

Luckily, my team will tweak my meds so that I can skip this “morning after party” next time around. One week down, eleven to go!


Trend report: Metallics in home interiors

This week I am continuing my trend report from High Point Market. Of the six trends I identified, trend number four is the strong appearance of metallics; especially gold. Last week for Friday’s Photo I chose an image from the E.J. Victor showroom that is the perfect representation of the metallic trend used for furniture. Metallic furniture makes such a bold statement such as this brass bed from Berhardt.

Brass bed from Berhardt furniture

Brass bed from Berhardt furniture

This gold metallic console chest is certainly a show stopper and also one of my favorites.


as well as this round gold metallic coffee table.

gold metallic coffee table

gold metallic coffee table

Not all the metallic furniture was so bold. Some pieces just had a hint of metallic. The legs on both the table and stool follow the trend without being so “in your face”.


Metallic accessories were pretty much in every showroom at High Point Market



Weylande Gregory accessories

Weylande Gregory accessories

Side note: Rhinoceros might just be the new “it” animal edging out horses, turtles and tigers that I noticed a year ago at Market.

Just in case you want to jump on the trend in a big way I spotted this option for you!

metallicsMetallic gold was also the number one choice for new introductions in lighting.

SAMSUNG CSCNow before you go all crazy thinking about how you just replaced all your 1990 brass chandeliers, the “new” brass is warmer and does not have that fake lacquered yellowed look of the 90’s.

Can you see the difference (besides the updated shape)?

dated yellow brass

The above is a perfect example of the yellowy dated brass of the 1990’s. Below is today’s non lacquered natural brass.

updated non lacquered  brass

updated non lacquered brass


I saw quite a few table lamps with both metallic bases as well as shades.

gold lighting3

And who better than to bring this metallic trend all together than one of my all time favorite designers, Alexa Hampton. This room has metallics in spades but nothing over whelms. Check it out; metallic wallpaper, bedding, sconces and gold metallic lining the inside of the desk. So luxurious don’t you think?

Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair

Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair

I know among my clients, metallics…especially gold is a tough sell. I would love to hear your thoughts, are you a fan or will you pass on this new trend.

Friday’s Photo: Turquoise and yellow dining room

Who says dining rooms have to be boring? I’m still thinking about this gorgeous turquoise and yellow dining room from the Lillian August show room at High Point Market.

Lillian August

Lillian August

So fresh and inviting don’t you think?

Have a great weekend everyone.

You may have noticed that I have been a bit remiss with my regular Tuesday posts but please bare with me as I am juggling one too many balls and my blog has had to take a back seat for the moment. I plan to be back on schedule very soon.

Friday’s Photo: Spring’s hot new color

If you read my earlier post about the colors of High Point Spring Market you would know that Blush is one of this Spring’s new “it” colors in both fashion and interiors. This bedroom designed by Tobi Fairley for C.R. Laine is a beautiful example and use of the color.

Tobi Fairley bedroom

The one thing about Blush is that if you don’t want it read too “girly” you need to balance this feminine color with a stronger more “masculine color”. Tobi accomplished this by using striking black art work (from her new collection for Sochier Marin Art) and black side tables.

What do you think? Are you a fan of blush?

Enjoy the weekend everyone!

Friday’s Photo: Excitement in the details

One of my favorite things to see at High Point Market is how the experts style the show rooms. Unfortunately, it can be challenging to observe because the rooms are almost always packed with sales reps buzzing about and with designers sitting in the room to test out the furniture or to simply relax for a few minutes.

One lucky afternoon I just happen to get this “person free” image at Wesley Hall.  I had about 5 seconds before someone walked back into the frame and sat down on the chair.

Wesley Hall

Wesley Hall

Just look at how much thought went into styling and decorating this one small space. The green in the art work perfectly coordinates with the green leather sofa. The flowers on the tray which is angled “just so” is a perfect compliment to the floral fabric on the chair. My absolute favorite detail though is the small red crystal on the chandelier that forms a little color triangle with the floral fabric and the red pillow on the sofa.

Call me crazy but it’s these perfectly thought out design details that gets me so excited about design.

Have a great weekend everyone. I think here in New England we are going to have our first absolutely gorgeous weekend.

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