Friday’s Photo: 2016 kitchen trends all in one photo

I posted this photo last week in my cabinet color trend post from the 2016 Kitchen and Bath Show in Vegas. I am posting it again because I realize it has almost every trend that is hot right now.

La Cornue kitchen display KBIS2016

La Cornue kitchen display at KBIS2016

  1. Black cabinetry
  2. Marble counter tops (or marble counter look-a-like)
  3. White subway tile: Black cabinets with white subway tiles were trending for both kitchens and baths at KBIS.
  4. Open shelving in place of upper cabinets
  5. Mixed metal finishes: Brass sconces and nickel hardware (even the pots and pans have brass handles with stainless bottoms)
  6. Rectangular sinks
  7. Statement faucets
  8. Organics:Plants, and wicker baskets

So there you go! All the trends wrapped up in one kitchen display. Thank you La Cornue!

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?




Friday’s Photo: Tribal inspired

One of the biggest trends for Fall in both fashion and interiors is tribal inspired. So many of us are traveling or dreaming of traveling to far off exotic places and what better souvenir to bring home than a decorative memory from our trip.

While visiting the Boston Magazine Design Home last week I noticed that the designer had incorporated a few tribal accents into the living room.

Boston Magazine Design Home

Boston Magazine Design Home

The John Robshaw elephant fabric on the chaise and the two African figures brings in just enough tribal reference without it becoming over done.

What do you think? Are you a fan of this trend?

Have a great weekend everyone. I will be working on our family room for the One Room Challenge I am participating in. We are already into week two and I have SO much more to do!

Fridays Photo: Trends in tiles

As popular as plain subways tiles have been and still are, the latest trend in tiles are statement tiles. Tiles that are bold in pattern and color and scream “look at me” are super hot right now. The choices are almost limitless and although they won’t last the test of time (remember the accent tiles of the 90’s?) they sure are fun.

Ann Sacks tiles

Boston Design Center: Linda Holt Photo

Since being diagnosed with cancer and going through chemo, I have a whole new attitude about “safe” and timeless when it comes to decorating. Life is short, go for the statement tiles!

What do you think? Too much? or would you go for it?

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: Metallic trend

Next week I will be continuing my High Point trend series and next up will be metallics.  Today’s Friday’s Photo is one of my favorite pieces from High Point Spring Market and is a beautiful example of this trend.

Kelly Werstler for E.J. Victor

Kelly Wearstler for E.J. Victor

This piece is from Kelly Wearstler’s new line for E.J. Victor. I loved her whole line and think Wearstler hit it out of the park with this latest collection. You can see more of her pieces in my previous post on trends in wood furniture HERE.

Have a great weekend everyone and be sure to check back on Tuesday for my full trend report on metallics.

Trends in wood furniture at Spring High Point Market

Picking up from where I left off on my trend report from High Point Spring market, trend number three is all about the wood. Whether you call it pickled, cerused or “charred” I spotted it all over High Point Spring Market.

Vanguard furniture

Vanguard furniture

The majority of what I spotted was the color of drift wood and many manufactures featured it in their new introductions.


Wood in a more natural state was also spotted but the grain was still the focal point of the piece.


This orange hued table below had a fun discovery.


I can’t say I was really digging the look. All I could think of were those 1980’s pickled kitchen cabinets that turned a weird shade of pinky beige. Nope, I wasn’t embracing the look at all UNTIL…I walked into E.J. Victor and saw the new furniture line from designer Kelly Wearstler. It was love at first sight.

Kelly Wearstler for E.J.Victor

Kelly Wearstler for E.J.Victor

Wearstler’s furniture embraced a term that I had heard about a year ago but hadn’t seen, called “charred wood”. I don’t know the process but it looks as if the wood was bleached and then treated so that the grain turns black and has a charred or burnt look.


Kelly Wearstler for E.J.Victor

Wearstler used this same charred wood look on this side table made of what appeared to be stone but must have been some kind of porcelain.


Kelly Weartler for E.J. Victor

Even the fabric on the chair looks like it was charred next to an even more exaggerated take on the trend.


Kelly Wearstler for E.J.Victor

I’m not sure if this new look for wood is going to turn into a fad (gone in a year or two) rather than a trend (around for approximately 8-10 years) but keep your eyes open for exposed wood grain and charred wood sightings.

Would love to hear what you think my friends. Love it? Love it not?

Also, if you missed trend number one and two just click on the links below to catch up.

Color Trends at High Point

Organics at High Point.

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