GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) - We love the bold rich colors featured in kitchen and bath magazines, but when it comes to our own homes, we tend to back down and play it safe. Well, I say it’s time to be bold and think outside of our comfort zone. It can be a back splash, playful wall color or a new sink color that expresses your own personality. Whatever it is, today’s hot color trends are anything but boring!
1. Shades of gray are growing in appeal, creating chic, sophisticated spaces that many consumers desire. It elevates the design and adds depth to the palette. It’s relatively easy to find a shade of gray to complement the other colors in the space and then echo that shade through the backsplash tile, paint color or other accessories.
2. Bold and beautiful hues. Neutrals are classic (read safe!) but pops of color strategically placed add life to any room. Emerald and varying shades of green are hot pops of colors for 2013, and the color for 2014 will be all about cobalt. While “it” hues can be fun, you should try to identify colors you personally enjoy. We all have one color we’re always drawn to; the one that repeats in our wardrobes and home decor. That is the color to use as an accent in the kitchen or bath. Color trends come and go, but one that resonates with your décor and reflects you as an individual ensure you’ll enjoy it for years to come.
3. The White Evolution. Neutral no longer simply means white. Homeowners are eagerly embracing other colors in place of white. At Standale Interiors, we have a kitchen display painted in Benjamin Moore’s Marina Gray, which is a subtle balance of blue and gray that brings a cool tone to the space – a true neutral that works well in place of white and adds a nuance of sophistication to the room’s color palette. Other accessories in this display include a muted turquoise, darker gray, black and a very subtle sea foamy color.
4. Colors evoke emotion. The psychology of color is a powerful thing. If you keep the emotional aspect of color in mind during your design process you’ll have a truly personalized space. Blues and greens are popular bathroom choices for good reason: both evoke a soothing sense of calm and healing. And there may be a color from your childhood that evokes memories of family dinners, so you may choose to incorporate that in your own kitchen today.
5. It’s time to break the rules. Remodeling projects provide the perfect opportunity to incorporate color - beyond just a fresh coat of paint or new window treatments. New mosaic tiles, glass, stone and metal in intriguing color pallets, make it easy to introduce new color and texture. If you’re looking for something more sophisticated, think outside the box by considering a new faucet finish or incorporating new materials, such as metal. It could be a bright colored cast iron sink or a vessel sink that’s both functional and artistic.
If you’re ready for color, but still feel a little unsure, here’s one final piece of advice: When you narrow down your color selections, bring samples, swatches and chips home. Place them in the space and view them at different times during the day. I can guarantee it will look different - and hopefully just right - in your home than it did in our showroom!
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