Color Concept Display – Hot Colors for 2014

Back in the spring, Peter from Hollywood Sierra Kitchens and I started working on a project for one of the cabinetry lines we represented called Quality Custom Cabinetry (QCCI). They asked for our help to design a concept display based on the Color Marketing Group’s forecasted “hot” colors for 2014. I got started right away looking on Pinterest for inspiring rooms in the color palette we were given, see that board here.

Out of the 20 or so colors we chose four main colors for the display, a bright teal blue, a medium gray, a light seafoam green/gray and a warm medium brown/taupe. The theme is “California Cool,” which incorporates “beachy” neutrals that represent the local aesthetic. We chose to showcase a best selling door style called the “sonoma” in a new way by changing the door proportions, selecting contrasting molding colors, door panel materials and installing the hardware in a unique way to create a fresh contemporary look.

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We selected decorative large scale tiles to be hung as artwork, which allowed us to incorporate more of the colors as accents. The Knoll “sway” wallcovering we selected for the walls under the chair rail molding also incorporates more of the colors and gives the space a strong horizontal element that represents the horizon line that you’d see at the ocean. To continue the ocean visual we chose a gray porcelain tile from Porcelanosa that has a wave relief texture.

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Here’s how it turned out!

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The main color pop is the teal island cabinetry which incorporates glass fronted cabinets, LED lighting, metal capped feet and an oiled finish woodtop.

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The color of the woodtop brought in the warm medium brown/taupe color as well as the chair rail and base molding on the walls. The countertop material on the cooktop table is a recycled glass composite that ties in with the “contemporary/beachy” theme.

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The cooktop cabinetry is the medium gray color with contrasting molding on the drawer fronts in the same teal as the island. The center panel is a Knoll wallcovering with a woven metallic gray texture. The linear square edged hardware was installed across the panel to create a new modern aesthetic. The posts on the side create a console or table look while showcasing beautiful cookware like these pieces from Le Creuset.

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Here is a detail of the Knoll “asterisk” wallcovering in the flat panel of the drawer front. Quality Custom Cabinetry is excellent at construction and finish details as evident here.

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The tall cabinet was built into the wall so it only appeared 12″ deep but houses a Thermador microwave drawer. Lighting was not only incorporated at the top but also below the cabinet to accentuate the legs and the open look. The wallcovering above the chair rail is also from Knoll and is a softer less textured version of the “asterisk” called “alias”.

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The hinges on the top doors open out to reveal the micro drawer and a contrasting gray stained interior that resembles driftwood. This detail coordinates with the theme and showcases another one of Quality’s gray finishes. These door panels are sized similarly to the cooktop base but are oriented vertically instead of horizontally for a cohesive look between the furniture pieces. The cabinetry is the a neutral light gray to quietly tie the colors together. The contrasting molding is the same medium gray as the cooktop base and the flat panel is glass painted the light seafoam/gray color.

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These are the left over colors that we couldn’t incorporate (they are still hot ;) ) What do you think? Which of the hot colors are your favorite?

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More Maryland Kitchen Selections

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Since I am now designing kitchens for clients who are building new homes I get to design the cabinetry for multiple homes in the same area. Last week I shared the selections of a kitchen I’m designing in Maryland and this week I’m sharing another in the same neighborhood. The similarities here are the white cabinets and the Cambria Torquay ( a faux calacatta marble countertop material made in America from quartz). This kitchen has more transitional elements including the contemporary Belo faucet by Brizo that the client selected. I helped select some coordinating cabinet handles and suggested a door style similar to a shaker style with a flat panel but with a little more detailing. Since this kitchen is overlay and not inset, the detail on the door and drawer edges, the 5 piece drawer fronts and the small ogee panel molding will help it from looking too plain. Which look is your favorite?

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I <3 Architectural Details, NoVA Edition

I have lived in northern Virginia (NoVA) for about two and a half months now, after relocating from Los Angeles. In that time my husband and I have really enjoying getting to know the surrounding area. One of the things that has continually struck me on these trips is the classical architectural detailing in the building facades, doors, windows, moldings, ironwork and brickwork. A great example is Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, VA.

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Above is the back of the house, below are details of the front.

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Below, a view of the interior molding details in the bright yellow dining room.

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The town of Winchester, VA also has some beautiful old buildings. I love the ironwork detail on the front porch and stairs of this 175 year old home called the Piccadilly Mansion.

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This building is the Handley Regional Library with a gorgeous copper roof, also in Winchester.

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This old home turned office building has a lovely mullion detail on the side lites and transom around the front door as well as classical columns and hunter green shutters.

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In old Town Alexandria on King Street there was more detailed brickwork on this old building with a very worn front step.

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This building also had interesting layers of brickwork detail.

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We walked by this lovely street in Old Town as well that features cobblestone streets.

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Most of the row houses have bright jewel tone colored doors like these.

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A similar teal doorway in downtown Leesburg with a federal style knocker.

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Maryland Kitchen Selections

I am now three weeks into my new job at Signature Kitchens (locations in Haymarket and Sterling, VA) so I wanted to share some of what I’ve been working on so far. With any new job there is a lot of training and I’m now designing in 2020 instead of AutoCAD LT. The good thing about 2020 is that it populates elevations and perspectives when you enter the floor plan and also prices out the materials for you and lists them which are helpful features over AutoCAD LT. AutoCAD LT however offers more control over details for custom cabinetry and millwork.

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One of the kitchens I’m currently working on is for a new home being build in Maryland, about an hour outside of DC. The clients choose a beautiful faux Calacutta marble for their island by Cambria, a simple elegant raised panel white painted cabinet by Mid Continent Cabinetry and a faceted glass knob from Top Knobs. The island will be done in a contrasting blue paint by Valspar called “Indigo Streamer.”

Edgy Glamour

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I’m having fun with the new Polyvore for home creating “sets”. Right now one of my favorite design bloggers, Bijou and Boheme is having a contest to see who can come up with the best “edgy glamour” set based on items they’ve added to a “collection” with a strong Kelly Wearstler theme (another one of my favorites). This is my entry above.