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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“Looking Glass” Kitchen

I wanted to share a few photos of a kitchen that’s almost done being installed in the Trousdale Estates section of Beverly Hills. The kitchen is in a very unique mid-century modern home with terrazzo floors. Here is Peter from HSK with two of the installers hard at work.

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The large island has a waterfall edge detail on both sides and an overhang at the back for seating. The countertops are “Pure White” Caesarstone. The island features a Wolf microwave drawer, shown below as well as a pull-out trash, sink, paneled dishwasher and drawer storage.

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The back wall features lots of wall cabinets and drawer storage. Centered is a Wolf pro style range and stainless steel hood. The backsplash tile is a textured white porcelain from Porcelanosa. The industrial looking pull-down faucet is one of my favorites, the “Tara Ultra” from Dornbracht.

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One of the really interesting features of this kitchen is the hidden pantry. The corner of the room has an angled dropped ceiling which broke up the clean lines of the space. We designed a door front assembly and a tall storage cabinet that when installed sideways would hide a small walk-in pantry as well as the obstruction. Below are the false doors to the right of the 48″ built-in series Subzero. When the same decorative hardware as the rest of the kitchen is installed on these doors they will resemble standard tall cabinetry.

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This is with the doors open, exposing the integrated storage cabinet on the right and the entry into the walk-in pantry.

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I love this photo, which shows the pool in the front of the house and also just how “high gloss” these cabinet really are! They are done in a custom gray by Dunn Edwards called, “looking glass.” We chose that color because it tied in well with the gray fireplace in the adjoining family room and the floors. The name is a bit ironic though since the 90% sheen is so reflective it’s almost like looking at glass.

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What do you think of this gray kitchen?