Bring New Life to Your Kitchen with Color

  (Family Features) Just as filling your plate with colorful foods is typically good for your body, filling your kitchen with color can be good for the soul. In fact, color is an important element in interior design not only for its aesthetic value but also because it can shape perceptions and emotions. “Color is powerful – when you walk into a room, you can instantly feel its subconscious effect on your mood, your heart rate, and even your appetite,” said color trend expert Janice Fedak. “That’s why it’s important to choose colors that ‘speak to you,’ express your unique …

Living in Color

(Family Features) When picking a color for cabinetry, personality and lifestyle are essential considerations. Gray and white cabinets are options for the modern active living lifestyle, whereas green and blue tones may work better for a more eclectic existence. Whichever way you go, colored cabinetry is more than just a trend: it’s a design approach that is here to stay. That’s why careful planning is necessary when you set out to redesign the kitchen. After all, this essential living space is an area where you spend plenty of time, so it should feature visual elements and colors you find appealing. …

BLANCO Launches the Innovative PRECISION® R0 Farmhouse Sink Crafted of its Groundbreaking DURINOX® Material

BLANCO, the German manufacturer of finely crafted sinks and faucets, launches the new PRECISION R0 Farmhouse Sink crafted of its revolutionary DURINOX stainless steel material. Scratch and fingerprint resistant, DURINOX is the latest innovation from the artisans at BLANCO STEELART® featuring a completely unique look and feel with two times the strength of traditional stainless steel. Tailored to a hard-working and sophisticated kitchen, the PRECISION R0 modernizes a classic style complete with a velvety, matte finish and sleek silhouette. Featuring crisp, zero radius seams and an on-trend farmhouse style, the PRECISION R0 combines superior strength and unsurpassed resilience in its …

Outdoor Kitchens

Extending your home to include a beautiful, comfortable, fully-featured outdoor living space is natural today, according to Crystal Watson of Embers Grill and Fireplace Store. “The space might include a cooking area, a bar area, a dining area, an area for kids, and a space for relaxing.” In agreement is Stansell Dye of Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery. “The outdoor kitchen is growing in popularity because it’s become an extension of the home as an outdoor living area. The style of an outdoor living area can vary, but it should be influenced by the architecture of your home and …

Outdoor Living

In the past 15 years, homeowners have taken a new look at their outdoor spaces. Today’s private backyard spaces frequently feature covered living space, outdoor kitchens fitted with appliances similar to those found indoors, and upholstered furniture reminiscent of a living room. Doug Franklin of Lynn’s Patio Shop says, “The new outdoor room is the wow factor of the house. The customer who previously may have come in to purchase furniture to go around the pool is now looking for furniture to go under the roof of their outdoor room.” In the past an outdoor pool may have been open …

Natural Stone & Countertop Trends

Natural Stone & Countertop Trends Natural stone continues to be a highly favored choice for countertops, as well as other home surfaces. Amanda Sweeney of Just Design This notes that natural stone countertops and flooring remain popular due to the material’s aesthetically pleasing, durability, and easy maintenance, in relation to other options. As Joi Albright of PDI notes, “Natural stone is a classic trend and there are a variety of ways it is being used in homes today—some traditional and some novel.” The variety of natural stone options, according to Aaron Cook of Prestige Marble & Granite, include marble, granite, …

Green Interiors: Five Steps to a Greener Kitchen

Green Interiors: Five Steps to a Greener Kitchen Whether it’s the renovation of an old home or designing a new-build, kitchens always seem to be a top priority. This is due, in part, to the current popularity of the open-plan concept, a layout that puts the kitchen in the center of the plan, making it a hub of activity within the home. With its many plumbing fixtures, appliances, and lighting demands, the kitchen is also one of the easiest rooms to make more sustainable when updating or building. By considering a few simple things throughout the design process it’s not …

Outdoor Living

Outdoor living spaces have become an extension of your home’s interior space, locallyy0. It serves as a place for entertaining as well as a private sanctuary. “We are seeing many elements in outdoor living spaces that were once relegated to interior space, such as rugs, upholstered seating, pillows, distressed and painted tables, and lamps,” says Sharon Sloan a design partner with Legend Homes. Terry Lawrence with P.M. Lighting, Inc., says homeowners want to extend their time outdoors to make the most of their outdoor living areas. “Professionally designed outdoor lighting systems offer clients a warm and inviting way to entertain …

May/June 2014 Cover

About the Cover  Pops of color can be added to a kitchen through fabric accents and accessories, as shown in this kitchen from RSU Contractors. Local experts say mixing painted and wood finishes is popular, as are upper cabinets resting on countertops in a way that mimics furniture. 

Time for Tile

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time for tile In addition to large format tiles which can now be used almost anywhere due to increased availability and improved installation materials and methods, homeowners are also able to select from porcelain tile closely resembling almost any natural product, according to Amy Balsimo of Louisville Tile of Nashville. “Thanks to high definition and digital printing, porcelain can be anything one can dream of—hardwood, travertine, slate, or intricately patterned,” Balsimo says. “Another interesting trend is the use of ‘fabric’ look tiles and metallic effects for contemporary or transitional tastes.” Sarah Higdon of Renaissance Tile & Bath agrees. “If you can imagine it, …