Hot design trends in denver


If you’re fortunate enough to live near the Rocky Mountains, you’re pretty lucky.  Primera has two locations on the Front Range and works with many home builders, remodelers and designers (and homeowners too!) throughout the Denver Metro area.

There are many attributes that make Colorado special: picturesque mountain views, crisp blue skies and endless outdoor adventures; but what sets this area apart most is that people love living here.

And why shouldn’t they?  The housing market in Denver is exploding right now as the volume of available housing struggles to keep up with the rising influx of people to the area.

According to Denver Broker Associate, Ellen Bywaters, “Denver Metro home prices are up 6% in the last year overall and as much as 9-10% in certain areas. With this increased equity, homeowners are feeling more secure making improvements that will pay off when they sell their home but provide enjoyment right now.”

This Year’s Denver Design Trends

Denver is very diverse, with some clients preferring a traditional style and others who prefer a modern interior.  You can see this even by walking through some of the city’s downtown neighborhoods, which are an eclectic mix of 100-year old Victorians, new urban loft-style apartments and renovated Craftsman-style bungalows.

Whatever your style is, here’s what’s hot this year in Denver:

Every Shade of Gray

Gray is huge right now – it’s crisp, classic and hard working, spanning the spectrum between contemporary and traditional.  And it’s not just paint – gray hardwood, tile and carpet are making a splash as well.

Wood Look Porcelain Tile

Hardwood is always huge in Colorado due to its warm and natural texture, but tile is coming back and it’s here to stay, at least for a while.  A popular choice is tile that has the appearance of wood: it doesn’t scratch; it cleans easily with common household cleaners and looks beautiful.

Large Format Tile

Large format tiles make a room seem more expansive and open. Their rectified edges allow for trimmed-down grout lines, providing a clean and modern look.  This trend is becoming popular not only for flooring, but for bathroom and shower walls as well.

Natural Stone Backsplashes

 A modern, luxury kitchen.

Yes, Coloradoans love their stone.  A stone kitchen backsplash, like limestone, looks surprisingly contemporary when paired with modern white cabinets and quartz countertops.

Smart Kitchens

While new construction is popping up all over in Denver, many of the lot sizes (especially near downtown) are limited in terms of space.  Homeowners are knocking out walls in narrow, closed-off kitchens to create one large open space.  One single flooring choice, efficient layouts, smart storage and completely new cabinets, surfaces and appliances allow small kitchens to live big.

“Today’s buyers and homeowners are eager to make use of every bit of living space, often finding ways to use one area for multiple purposes.  Teaming with skilled design professionals to achieve this goal makes good financial sense,” says Bywaters.

Eco-Friendly Cabinets

Coloradoans love the great outdoors, and they care about making sustainable choices that are healthy for both people and the planet. That’s why more and more people are choosing chemical-free cabinets that are made without formaldehyde and with non-toxic glues and finishes.


Whatever the style of your Denver area home, Primera’s expert staff can help you with design, products and installation.  Our clients on the Front Range choose us because we are committed to giving them the best service time and time again.


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Primera unveils new partnership with echelon cabinetry

Primera has been granted rights to supply its single family home builder customers, in Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, California and New Mexico, with Echelon Cabinetry previously known as Armstrong Cabinets.   The Echelon brand, owned by acpi™, has just been launched eighteen months after acpi purchased Armstrong Cabinets. It is the culmination of a rigorous rebranding and reinvention process that included over $7 million of investment in operational enhancements and process improvements, all focused on improving overall service levels to customers.

With its headquarters in Tempe, Arizona, Primera is already the largest independent provider of cabinetry and related interior products and services in the western USA with operations in Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, California and New Mexico.

Primera’s Chairman, Ian Hislop, announced this news, saying “Primera has a large number of single family home builder customers, each with varying needs at differing price points.  The addition of Echelon Cabinetry to our existing cabinet brands allows us to offer more choice to meet the wide needs of these customers.  We are delighted to be working with Echelon and to be able to offer this product in our geographical markets.”

Building on six decades of industry excellence, Echelon offers its customers new tools, better product value and more professional customer support with this new cabinetry line.  Echelon’s Cabinetry Visualizer tool will be a big selling point to Primera’s customers: it enables home buyers to view their cabinetry options including style, wood, color and even accessories in a digital kitchen replicating their layout.

Nick Billig, CEO of acpi, when asked about this new relationship, stated, “Partnering with the leading cabinet solutions provider in the Western US fits entirely with our strategy for growth with the single family builder. We are excited at the opportunity to continue to leverage Echelon’s strong operational capabilities to grow our business based on our sustained ability to deliver on time, complete and defect free.”

In addition to cabinetry, Primera offers a full range of flooring, countertop and window treatments, not only to single family home builders but also commercial developers, home centers, remodelers and homeowners.

For more information about Echelon Cabinetry products, see

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