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2017 Kitchen Design Trends: Black Stainless Steel, Charcoal, Bronze

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Mar 07, 2017 @ 05:03 AM

How to Mix and Match Stainless Steel, Charcoal, Oil Rubbed Bronze, and Gray Paint

I'm considering the new black stainless steel appliances for my new home.  But I also like oil bronzed light fixtures. Can I get away with mixing these two?   And will a charcoal cabinet finish look good with the appliances and the light fixtures?  I'm also leaning towards BM Revere Pewter or SW Amazing Gray for the wall paint color.   What do you think?

New Home Interior Design Trends: Stainless steel, charcoal, oil rubbed bronze, and gray

The black stainless steel appliances can definitely mix with Oil rubbed bronze light fixtures!  Charcoal cabinets also mix, however all of these items are very dark so there are some other elements you will want to consider.

 

(This Stanton Homes kitchen is similar to your description, with a black stainless steel range hood, charcoal cabinets, oil rubbed bronze faucets, and gray paint)

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First of all, consider the amount of light you have in the room.

If you stay with this combination, then definitely go for one of the lighter or white granites such as 'Absolute White', 'Thunder White', 'Ashen White', 'White Galaxy', 'Colonial White', etc. (These are granite color names, so ask for them at your local vendor).

The island granite in this photo is called "Thunder White":

2017 Kitchen Design Trends | How to Mix Oil Rubbed Bronze and Black Stainless Steel

Second, I would also suggest a white tile back splash and also under cabinet lights--all of these elements will help to balance the charcoal cabinets and black stainless steel.

See what a different additional lighting can make in this large, open concept kitchen? This kitchen includes:

  • Recessed can lights in the ceiling
  • Under cabinet task lighting
  • Over cabinet lighting (in the barrel vault above the cooktop range)
  • Pendant lighting above the island
  • Natural lighting coming from the wall of windows in the open great room

Kitchen Cabinet Hardware: How Mix and Match Bronze with Charcoal

If you use bronze in the decorative lights over an island, then consider a cabinet hardware selection to match.

Going with bronze on the charcoal cabinet, although very dark, could look good if your charcoal isn't almost black and if you do choose one of the oil rubbed bronze finishes that is very dark.

The point is to create a contrast or it wont really be your best option. 

This kitchen also features oil rubbed bronze cabinet hardware, against the light charcoal / gray cabinets. A stained wood barrel vault ceiling helps pull out the warmer tones in the tile backsplash and granite counter top for a more balanced contrast in the room overall. 

2017 Kitchen Design Trends | How to Mix Oil Rubbed Bronze and Black Stainless Steel

On the other hand, some oil rubbed bronze finishes for lighting have a sort of copper looking color on the edges. With a finish like that for the lights, then I would consider a (contrasting) dark copper color for the cabinet hardware. 

Matte Black or Matte Gold Kitchen Lighting Fixtures

A third choice which is probably the most current, would be changing to matte black or matte GOLD light fixtures with white glass. In that case you could choose matte gold cabinet hardware.

Matte gold on a charcoal cabinet is very rich looking and gives some warmth to the combination of charcoal and black stainless steel (the same way the stained wood creates warmth in the kitchen above). This would create more of an upscale look. 

For a modern look go with all white glass light fixtures over the island and polished chrome cabinet hardware.

Here's an example of all white glass light fixtures over the island:

2017 Kitchen Design Trends | How to Mix Oil Rubbed Bronze and Black Stainless Steel

Copper Kitchen Fixtures

(We are still seeing the continuation of copper -- just touches of it -- as a companion metal finish to every other finish out there so you're free to throw it in wherever you like.)

 

2017 Kitchen Design Trends | How to Mix Oil Rubbed Bronze and Black Stainless Steel

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Pairing Oil Rubbed Bronze with Stainless Steel

Can I Pair a Bronze Faucet with a Stainless Steel Sink?

Read more about the chrome vs brushed nickel debate, here.

- Andrea Enns, Interior Design Expert, designing Raleigh custom homes with Stanton Homes


 

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Is Chrome back?  What's happening with Brushed Nickel?

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jan 04, 2017 @ 12:01 PM

Is chrome back and is brushed nickel out?

Which metal finish is more popular for 2017, chrome or brushed nickel? 

Whereas chrome used to be considered the "cheap" option for kitchen fixtures just a few years ago, it's now more popular than ever in higher end homes.



Chrome Versus Brushed Nickel

With the surge in new homes with chrome fixtures, hardware, and lighting, we asked Andrea to explain the trend: 

"My philosophical answer is that with most people's view on the world today as GLOBAL, somehow almost everything that ever was will have to remain available for those who like it--we can't suddenly bully poor old brushed nickel just because its not as shiny as chrome :)  that just wouldn't be nice or fair! 

Plus many people feel comfort in the fact that their brushed nickel kitchen faucet matches so nicely with their stainless steel appliances. 

Here's an example of a chrome sink faucet paired with a stainless steel sink and brushed nickel pot filler in the same kitchen:

Is Chrome back?  Chrome or Brushed Nickel

Chrome Kitchen Fixtures | Chrome or Brushed Nickel

Manufacturers are going to have a tougher and tougher time nailing down which direction to go in when it comes to metallic finishes but they are still banking on the color association of America to be correct and those folks still do their very in depth research of the market in order to advise manufacturers as to what color to make their new products appealing to millennials.

I see nothing cast in stone for 2017 as far as chrome versus brushed nickel, however, very notably,  brushed nickel doesn't best pull off several of the interior household looks or styles that continue to be popular: farmhouse, rustic, modern, and updated traditional. All of those looks, regardless of how new and fresh they are today, are based on periods from both the 19th and 20th centuries during which brushed nickel did not exist. 

So, what finishes are picking up in popularity for 2017?

Copper Kitchen Fixtures

Yet what is worth mentioning this year is the continuation of copper--just touches of it will do a lot and its being shown as a companion metal finish to every other finish out there so you're free to throw it in wherever you like: a bar sink, some pendant lights, cabinet hardware, a few bar accessories or kitchen accessories to display."   

Here are some Raleigh new home photos with examples of copper finishes. Each kitchen uses only a touch of copper, mixed with a variety of other metals and finishes.

Copper Pendant Lights (with Brushed Nickel and Stainless Steel)

Chrome Kitchen Fixtures | Chrome or Brushed Nickel

Copper Hardware on the Island Cabinets

Chrome Kitchen Fixtures | Chrome or Brushed Nickel

Copper Sink in the Island, Copper Cabinet Hardware

Chrome Kitchen Fixtures | Chrome or Brushed Nickel

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Matte Gold Kitchen Finishes

Secondly in the metal finishes is a luxurious looking MATTE GOLD.  Matte gold with clean bright white and fresh plants says modern, edgy and hip and matte gold with matte black says confident and accomplished.  Both copper and matte gold look outstanding with the deepest navy's and warmest slate grays.

So yes, chrome is very back, but no, brushed nickel is not out. At the same time do feel free to add some copper or matte gold if you want to be most current.

Read more about the chrome vs brushed nickel debate, here.

- Andrea Enns, Interior Design Expert


 

New Home Design Trend Questions:

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Have a kitchen or interior design trend question for your new home? 

Ask Andrea, and she'll let you know all the latest in custom home and design/build trends!  

Andrea works closely with each Stanton Homes client to help design homes that fit every lifestyle and taste.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bronze Faucet with Stainless Steel Sink | Cary Custom Home Design

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Mar 07, 2016 @ 14:03 PM

We were recently asked this interior home design question, through "Ask Andrea":

Can you mix bronze metal faucets with a stainless sink? I love some of the new rustic finishes (ie. California faucets weathered copper/bronze) but am planning to install a stainless sink. Would that be acceptable?


Yes, you can mix a bronze finish faucet with a stainless steel sink.

The use and presence of stainless steel in our homes has remained strong and has gained a much stronger presence over the past two decades to the point where we now consider it to be a neutral. 

Its finish is considered to go with most anything the same a wood floors and white painted trim go with anything.  All of those items are so common that we consider them to be universally acceptable to mix with anything else you desire to have in your home to personalize it as yours.

What to think about when deciding to go with a bronze faucet for example, is the "story" in your room or in all common areas of your home that can be seen at the same time, such as, quite commonly, the foyer, dining room, great room, and kitchen. 

Bronze Faucet with Stainless Steel Sink | Cary Custom Home Design(This photo, taken from a version of The Worthington II, shows a popular open concept layout with open visibility between rooms.)

We create cohesion by looking to cabinet hardware, or lighting, or door hardware (knobs/levers and hinges).

If you want to use a bronze faucet think about what else it could connect to so that you create a cohesive "story" in your space.

Sometimes it's not even the other metal finishes that can make a bronze faucet "work" in your room.  For example, the bronze faucet could even tie in to dark Espresso cabinets where everything else is brushed nickel.

Bronze Faucet with Stainless Steel Sink | Cary Custom Home Design

(This kitchen photo, taken from a version of The Statesman, combines four primary fixture metal colors: stainless steel sink, range hood, and double wall ovens; "Burnished Bronze" pendant lights; oil rubbed bronze Moen brand kitchen faucet and soap dispenser; copper cabinet hardware on the black glazed island cabinets.)

Bronze and Espresso faucets can appear very similar, especially from a distance. So, that's how it's done when you want to mix finishes; stand back and look at your entire space and connect things somehow to make your story work!

Bronze Faucet with Stainless Steel Sink | Cary Custom Home Design

(This kitchen photo, taken from a version of The Smokey Ridge, includes a "Venetian Bronze" faucet and soap dispenser with a stainless steel sink.)

Get more ideas in our Ideabook of kitchens with stainless steel sinks and bronze faucets.


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Bronze Faucet with Stainless Steel Sink | Cary Custom Home Design

Have a kitchen or interior design trend question for your new home?  Ask Andrea, and she'll let you know all the latest in custom home and design/build trends!  

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The Worst Advice We've Ever Heard About Stone Exteriors

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Apr 15, 2014 @ 10:04 AM

How to get the best paint colors to match stone accents

We've heard some really great advice about choosing exterior stone and paint combinations. And we've also heard some terrible ideas. Read on, as we sort out the worst advice from the most helpful solutions, when picking your new home's exterior palette - with design tips from Andrea Enns, one of North Carolina’s most acclaimed exterior and interior designers.  

Worst advice # 1: Do not choose a stone because of its name. The name of the stone meaningless, is created by marketers to sound "cute" or "catchy."

This advice is misleading. You should always pay attention to the name of a stone type. Almost all stone names are actually carefully chosen to match the stone - as a crafted material - to its original location in nature. 

Once you have the name of a stone you love, search online for photographs of natural areas in the region that your stone was named after. Then, take your paint colors from that region's natural palette, and you'll locate a perfect match between stone and paint. 

Stone Exterior | Exterior Paint Colors

Worst advice # 2: Stone siding is a fake material, so the colors are unrealistic.

When you drive though the mountains towards the west and you see the clays of the desert, notice how the rock colors in different geographical areas are set off by their natural surroundings. Nature was not created by man. Nature is the earth's color palette.

The stone we are using on houses today is man made but it was designed to look like the real stone and rock found in the various regions of our entire country.

Similarly, paint colors are also crafted to reflect what you could touch in nature. So choosing the color of one type of siding goes hand-in-hand with any other.

Stone Exterior | Exterior Paint Colors

Worst advice # 3: You should stick to your the color combinations you know you love, even if you have not decided on a homesite yet.

While it is important to build a home with the color combinations you'll love for years to come, it is equally important to consider where you home will actually sit. 

Stone siding is designed to blend seamlessly and realistically with the various greens, browns, and pebble grays in shrubbery, lawn, and forest.

So, when selecting stone and exterior colors, look to the nature surrounding your homsite for your answer.  

Stone Exterior | Exterior Paint Colors

The Country Manor, a custom home by Stanton Homes, was designed in part to take advantage of its natural surroundings. 

Worst advice # 4: Your stone exterior has nothing to do with the interior of your home.

The exterior of your home acts as a "preview" of the interior. There should always be some exterior aspect - such as a design element or color palette - that creates continuity with the inside of your home. 

Stone Exterior | Exterior Paint Colors

In this version of the Bryson, we carried the exterior stone inside - placing it on a centerpiece see-through fireplace. The interior paint colors blend with the greys in the stone, while the hardwood floors match the orange tones. 

For more new home design tips and trends, contact Andrea Enns here.

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Pairing Oil Rubbed Bronze with Stainless Steel | How to Mix Finishes

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Sep 21, 2012 @ 10:09 AM

Pairing Oil Rubbed Bronze with Stainless Steel

Learn How to Mix Metal Finishes Throughout Your New Home

Stainless Steel Appliances | New Home Kitchen Design

 

Deciding on the types (and variety) of metal finishes to incorporate into your home can be tough - with hundreds of design options ranging from oil rubbed bronze to chrome to stainless steel.

Get kitchen design trends and tips from a Raleigh custom home builder, below.

If you're having trouble choosing just one style, you're not alone!

We were recently asked this common interior design question through "Ask Andrea":

Is it okay to have oiled bronze faucets and stainless steel appliances in the same room?

Here's what design expert Andrea has to say:

"Yes! It is certainly okay to have oil rubbed bronze faucets and stainless steel appliances together. 

That question seems to come up at least once a day in the world of residential design and construction. I haven't met another designer yet who would disagree with me.  In fact I think the fear of mixing more than one metal finish in a room is virtually unfounded professionally.

Oil Rubbed Bronze Fixtures | New Home Design Ideas

Once you have been bold enough to mix more than one metal finish in a room, you will see that a thoughtful combination looks better, as the variation  brings more interest to the room.

In fact, design professionals often brag when successfully mixing finishes! The artful mix of more than one finish is a skill.

Nonetheless I maintain that it really isn't that difficult to achieve as long as you keep a little balance in mind.

 

Stainless Steel Appliances in the Kitchen:

Since you mentioned stainless steel appliances let's talk about the kitchen and the opportunities available in this room alone, to create an artful mix of finishes with oil rubbed Bronze and stainless steel.

- You have bronze cabinet hardware to pick up the oil rubbed bronze from the faucet.

- The faucet most often installed in granite is an under-mounted sink in stainless steel. 

- Overhead you have light fixtures. Light fixtures come in so many different finishes now that unless you want everything dictated to you by one lighting company, you are going to end up with more than one finish for lighting. Stainless Steel Appliances | New Home Kitchen Design

With an oil rubbed bronze faucet and bronze cabinet hardware, I would still feel that the stainless steel had a strong enough presence in the room, and I would go with some oil rubbed bronze on the light fixtures.

In popular transitional floor plans that people are opting to build, you can often view wrought iron railings from somewhere in the kitchen - the presence of yet another finish. This is where you have to relax and use your judgement.

Yes, most often the oil rubbed bronze tends to blend in with the wrought iron in the distance.  Furthermore door hinges and hardware present another opportunity or decision to tie in a finish.

What's a good general rule to follow when choosing finish types?

The accepted "rule" here seems to be that whatever finish you go with for door hardware and hinges throughout the house, you would consider that color to be your BASE metal finish.

Stainless Steel Appliances | New Home Kitchen Design

From there, if something is functioning purely for utility rather than decoration, then its finish should follow that of the door hardware.

When it comes to decorative items such as foyer fixtures, dining fixtures, and kitchen faucets, then we are commonly seeing a second metal finish being used as an accent finish.

With a little thought, some planning and attention to detail, mixing two beautiful finishes can and often does work out very well."

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Kitchen Color Design Tips | Ask Andrea

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 @ 08:02 AM

Kitchen Design Help

Kitchen Color Design Tips 

 

We were recently asked this interior design question, through "Ask Andrea":

I have cream colored painted kitchen cabinets, dark blue corian counter tops (Yuck), Yellow painted walls (not too dark or bright) and ugly blue tile floors. What is a good color for tile backsplash on the walls?

 

And here's what Stanton Homes' on staff interior design expert Andrea has to say:


"Thank you for your very "colorful" description of your colorful kitchen--it was rather entertaining to read!

I focus on design tips for new homes, but this is an interesting question and quite a challenge. 

I understand that you were wanting suggestions for a back splash tile that would pull together cream painted cabinets, "yucky" dark blue Corian countertops that you don't seem to like, yellow painted walls, and some apparently ugly blue tiled floor. Wow!

Someone at one point obviously liked this combination but it is quite simply dated for today's styles.

You didn't ask about changing floors so I am going to assume that the option of doing that is out of your budget at the moment--no problem--we all deal with budget constraints everyday and yet we would like to come home to pleasing surroundings. I am going to throw quite a few suggestions your way aside from getting to the back splash.


First of all, when the weather is nice, I think you need to give strong consideration to painting your blue tiled floors. What? Yes, I said paint your tiled floors. Please go to this link and follow her step by step instructions--one of the most concise set of instructions for painted tiled floors that I have ever read. http://www.curbly.com/users/modhomeecteacher/posts/6956-yes-you-can-paint-a-ceramic-tile-floor


 - Consider painting the tile floors white

 - While your in the mood to paint, go ahead and apply a coat of warm white to your cabinets

 - Then, paint your walls in a medium khaki shade

 - Now add a white subway tile back splash and some updated 6" wide brushed nickel bow handles to your cabinets.

 

At this point your kitchen has now been neutralized to a combination of khaki, white, and navy--a classic combination yes,  but compared to the old colors, this should give you a much more clean-lined and modern feel.

This Stanton Home custom kitchen pictured below is an example of a classic color combination:

Custom Home Kitchen Design Tips

 

 - White subway tile back splash

 - Khaki walls

 - Absolute black granite

 - Painted white maple cabinets

 

 

 

With these kitchen design tips, your dark blue counter-tops are still there but we are complimenting them now. To keep the clean lines going, be very very choosy about what stays on your counter.

With everything spruced up I would suggest going through your cabinets and clearing away un-used items so that you can make room for removing clutter from your counter.

Once you have completed this you need to look for a large dark blue glass bowl. Fill it with lemons or Granny Smith apples and you're done! You didn't replace floors or counter-tops but everything should look completely updated anyway.

Custom Home Kitchen Design Tips


The thing you want to remember is that although it may not seem as exciting to create neutral back-drops, time and time again we have seen how well this works for our customers at Stanton Homes.

Although every one of our homes is custom-built home, we do try to help guide the decision-making process so that you do not end up in five years feeling like you have 'yucky" counter-tops and "ugly" floors!

Leave the funky color selections for things like cabinet hardware and light fixtures since they are the items that should be providing a little accent to the room and they are the items that you will find easiest and least expensive to have to change down the road.


I hope you will find these suggestions helpful. Good luck with your kitchen!"

Have a kitchen or interior design trend question for your new home?  Ask Andrea, and she'll let you know all the latest in custom home and design/build trends!   Andrea works closely with each Stanton Homes client to help design homes that fit every lifestyle and taste.  

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Kitchen Trends | Are Bronze Appliances On Their Way In?

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Feb 16, 2012 @ 16:02 PM

Which Style Will Replace Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances?

Is Oil Rubbed Bronze the Next Big Trend?

 

We were recently asked this interior design question, through "Ask Andrea":

What's the next Raleigh custom home trend after stainless steel appliances? I see some oil rubbed bronze in Jenn Air, but it looks almost brown. My friend's mother has goldish bronze appliances from the 60's and are nice looking. Will these bronze colored appliances become popular in new home kitchens?

 

And here's what Stanton Homes' on staff interior design expert Andrea has to say:

Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances

Thank you for your question regarding color trends for major appliances in the home.

You mentioned the bronze appliances by Jenn Air - those were actually launched back in 2006. 

Jenn Air was obviously hopeful that these appliances would be a big hit running alongside the popularity of the Oil Rubbed Bronze finish for plumbing fixtures, lighting fixtures, and bath, door, and cabinet hardware.

However, your remark that the bronze appliances look almost brown to you, coupled with the fact that they remind you somewhat of some older appliances from the past - specifically it sounds like you may be referring to appliances from the era of the Harvest Gold appliances that were first actually introduced in the late 1960's (along with Avocado Green) - precisely pinpoints the reason the bronze appliance launch has not really caught on.

Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances

Although the idea was new, the Oil Rubbed Bronze finish was designed and introduced into the marketplace to be a compliment to the many decorating looks that became popular through the 1990's and into the first decade of the 21st century.

These styles include Old World looks, French Country, English Country, and so on, which were designed to look old or antique in nature.

The most popular styles are often modern versions of styles from the past.

The Oil Rubbed Bronze concept is sometimes appealing when it comes to free-standing ranges and decorative hoods, but generally, we want our appliances to look new and up to date as this also gives the perception that the kitchen has been updated and that every appliance will perform with the speed, accuracy, and convenience that we as consumers demand more and more of with every passing decade.

Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances


So, will we see more Bronze appliances and will we see a return of Harvest Gold? I have not seen that on the horizon from the Appliance Council Of America, nor have I seen that rumor from the Color Association of America.

Although we may find comfort and sometimes glamor in Bronze and gold finishes throughout the home, the theme of modern convenience coupled with the Professional look and feel of stainless steel will continue to be the leading themes in residential appliance finishes.

At Stanton Homes, 24 of 25 new homes slated to complete this year have already selected a stainless steel appliance finish.

Thank you for your thought-provoking question - please don't hesitate to call on us again for decorating advice or opinions."

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Should I Switch to Stainless Steel Appliances?

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Aug 29, 2011 @ 13:08 PM

Making the Switch to Stainless Steel Appliances

Do Stainless Steel Appliances Cost Too Much?

 

We were recently asked this interior design question, through "Ask Andrea": 

All my appliances, (stove, dishwasher, microwave), are white. My fridge just broke. I plan on replacing my stove soon. Should I start changing over to stainless?

And here's what Stanton Homes' on staff interior design expert Andrea has to say:

"I would definitely be making the switch to stainless steel appliances.

They have been strong in the market for over a decade already with popularity looking still strong for the future.

The good thing for you is that since they have already been around so long, there are deals to be had on these appliances and in some cases better deals than on white appliances since there are simply less of them made right now.

Refrigerators

Stainless Steel Appliances

For refrigerators, if you go with a side by side style there are numerous models that can be found on clearance seeing as the more popular door configuration at the moment is the French Door style.

Microwaves

Stainless steel microwaves can be purchased for very little as microwaves are just not that expensive in general.

Dishwashers

Stainless steel dishwashers can be very moderately priced as well.

Range and HoodStainless Steel Appliances

The greatest difference in price from white to stainless will be on your range and hood.

Stainless Steel is Worth the Investment

However, in the event that you ever had to sell your home, stainless steel appliances would be valued higher than white appliances.

They are more popular due to the open style floor-plans commonly seen these days. With kitchens open to the rest of the home, we tend to want them to have an upgraded appearance as a lot of our entertaining happens in both the kitchen and the great room or basically in the area between the two.


Be sure to comparison shop and don't forget about clearance centers--good luck with your purchases. I think you will like the way the stainless steel appliances immediately update the entire look of your kitchen even if you do little else to it."

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Kitchen Design Trends - Is Stainless Steel on its Way Out?

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 @ 10:04 AM

Are Stainless Steel Appliances Going Out of Style??

We were recently asked this interior design question: 

"Dear Andrea, To keep a kitchen up to date for 2016, what color appliances would you recommend? If stainless steel is on it's way out, I don't want to have a kitchen full of it!!" 

Well, here's your answer, courtesy of Andrea Enns, Stanton Homes' Interior Design Expert :

In review of interior design trends as outlined by the Color Association of the United States, the Appliance Manufacturers Association, and Pantone, whose color forecaStainless Steel Kitchen Designs 2sts have been relied upon for decades by manufacturers and designers around the globe, it appears to be quite a "safe" choice to invest in stainless steel appliances.

  

Kitchen Design is Essential in New Homes

In quick terms, kitchen design is continuing to be the front runner of focus in new homes. In no other room are we seeing as much attention to detail.

Along with that, kitchen budgets are still creeping higher in relation to the rest of the house.

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Formal living rooms and even formal dining rooms are fading into the past and are thus eliminating the need for money spent on furniture and expensive decor that will never be used by the average homeowner. 

 

Kitchens are Central to your Living Experience

Kitchens are being recognized as not only the heart of the home, but also quite often the focal point and centerpiece.

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Often open to large great rooms, the kitchen now looks less "kitcheny" and more often like an inviting place to gather and entertain.

The decorative elements that are strong right now include natural finishes like wood and stone but they are complimented by glass, shiny metallics, special attention to lighting details, and even crystal.

 

Moving into Design Trends 

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Stainless steel will continue to be a favored choice for your kitchen appliance finish. 

Since stainless steel has been used in the best kitchens for over a century due to its universal appeal, its ability to provide a sterile surface, its shiny appearance, as well as its association with luxury. 

 2012 Kitchen Design Trends Black

What Other Color Trends are Popular?

The second most popular color is currently black, which is due to its more formal appearance in relation to the rest of the common areas of your home.

 

Best of luck with the building of your new home--planning and researching is always a good thing to do!

 

 

Do you have interior design questions? Want to know  the hottest 2012 design trends for your Raleigh new home?

Then "Ask Andrea," on-staff interior design expert for Raleigh new home builder Stanton Homes.

 

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Get ideas from these kitchen floor plan transformations, designed by Stanton Homes to fit the lifestyles of our homebuyers.


We can redesign your kitchen floor plan to put everything just where you need it – BEFORE you build.

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