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Farmhouse kitchens and dining: warm, welcoming, inviting for the holidays and every day

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Cozy, Updated Farmhouse

 

Farmhouse kitchens and dining rooms are making their way into every décor. Whether it’s modern farmhouse, a more traditional approach, or a mix of styles old and new, farmhouse dining gathers everyone ‘round the table for a simple meal, or a holiday feast. Mix updated paint colors with traditional dining furniture for a cozy kitchen/dining environment.

 

Rustic and Traditional All the Way

 

Sometimes it makes perfect sense to take a design theme and run with it. Create the ultimate farmhouse dining/living room space by using every traditional element you can find: natural wood lighting, tables, and seating—plus traditional barn doors and a stacked stone fireplace—give your kitchen a down-home ranch feeling.

 

Come into the Kitchen

 

Modern meets traditional with wide-open gathering spaces meant to keep the cook company. As the heart of any home, providing a large island for guests to gather while the host prepares a meal encourages friends and family to stay in the kitchen. That way, the chef gets to enjoy the festivities while preparing the meal for all to partake.

 

Create an Urban Farmhouse Kitchen

 

Add a large farmhouse sink in the center of your kitchen island for an unexpected traditional element in the middle of a modern pewter countertop. This modern take on farmhouse style offers a more refined environment for cooking and gathering, but still has a welcoming feel.

 

Classic is Always in Style

 

A bright environment of open cabinetry and natural lighting is as functional as it is decorative. Just a natural wood table and rustic collection of chairs to complement the down-to-earth ambiance.

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Design trends: practical storage, glamorous bedrooms, and outdoor kitchen space

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Glass Cabinets  

Conventional, closed-off cabinets can block views and light. Instead, consider adding cabinets with glass doors or panels on both sides to make the kitchen feel more open.

 

Top-to-Bottom Storage

Make the most of your storage space! Shelves and cabinets with top-to-bottom storage offer that extra organization you’ve been craving.

 

Glamorous Bedrooms

Want to add some glamor to your bedroom? Place a mirror on the wall above each nightstand. This is perfect for small spaces, creating greater depth in the room, and adding glitzy style to the bed wall.

 

Outdoor Kitchen Space

If you love the outdoors, building a small kitchen space around the grill makes it easier to prep meals on a porch. A sink makes for easy cleanup and cabinets offer storage for tools, dishes, spices and more.

 

Entertainment Rooms

Looking for some Friday night fun with the family? Cinema rooms are a modern way to get the everyone together for movies and games.

 

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News flash: mixing metals in your kitchen is more than okay!

You may have heard it the first time you put on one of your mother’s gold necklaces and paired it with her silver bangles.

Or the time you came home from the hardware store with brass towel racks for your family’s bathroom, only to be met with stares of disbelief as your spouse pointed out the chrome faucet and knobs.

We’ve all heard it somewhere: “You can’t mix metals! Gold with gold, silver with silver, copper with copper, etc.”

Finally, there’s good news for those who’ve always bucked the “matchy-matchy” system, since mixing metals isn’t just acceptable—it’s hot!

As more and more designers enter the arena to show off their metal-mingling acumen, the look is catching on everywhere.

The caveat?

There is a method to the mixing madness, so don’t go rushing to the fixture store just yet.

We’ll start things off by going on record as saying there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the kitchen below. If you appreciate a smooth, uniform look, then matching your stainless steel appliances with silver drawer pulls, faucet and chairs is a nice choice.

 

But take a look at this:

 

Even though both kitchens are primarily white, the difference in tone is the difference between a brisk winter morning and a balmy summer afternoon. Compared to the first kitchen, the second exudes warmth and gives the eye so much more to do.

Of course, the flooring has a lot to do with it, but check out those antique brass pendant lights. Not only are they the perfect complement to the stainless steel hood and appliances, but they pull they entire room together and guide its overall tenor.

We also like the black iron light fixtures next to the hood and the black sliding track over the refrigerator. This designer has done a masterful job mixing three metals to gorgeous effect, which leads us to hint number one (we call them “hints” because this is not about rules):

  1. 1.    Stick to two or three metals in order to avoid an overly “busy” or confused look (unless you really know what you’re doing).

 

Below is another example of a warmer metal saving an already chilled-out space from being a touch too frosty. Although the designer went with only two metals here, the antique copper pendants are all that’s needed to offset, even complement, the room’s coolness.

 

 

Below we see three cool metals being used together for a pleasingly eclectic look. Although the metals used here more correlative than contrasting, the finishes are not. And that’s what makes it interesting! Yep, texture mixing isn’t off-limits either. From the brushed stainless steel hood to the satin nickel faucet to the polished stainless steel canister set, this scene provides some fiber for your visual diet.

You’ll also notice that the black iron light fixture ties in perfectly with the black iron cabinet pulls, the darker lower cabinetry and the island, making this kitchen charcoal dominant, which brings us to our next hint:

  1. 2.    When mixing metals, pick a dominant one that’s used more than once and position the others as accent pieces.

 

Here’s another great example of a lovely dominant metal informing the ambiance of an entire room:

 

 

We love the copper hood, sink and bar top and think they look splendid with both the stainless steel appliances and the brushed bronze light fixtures. This kitchen positively glows with hospitality, thanks in no small part to the prevailing copper influence.

But copper also does a bang-up job in a supporting role, too. Doesn’t this hammered copper sink look amazing amongst its vintage nickel and stainless steel neighbors?

 

 

The last hint we’re going to offer involves visual planes and we’ll lead with our example:

 

At first glance, this kitchen seemingly has a lot going on, but it’s metal medley arrangement is really quite simple. Here we have a juxtaposition of mostly ebony tones with both brushed and antique brass, with a little stainless steel thrown in for good measure. But if we divide the room by horizontal planes, we see that the brassware is mostly contained to the central portion of the room.

Even though there are myriad elements at work in this kitchen, it’s still cohesive and has a sense of order, since the rich, bold, darker surroundings are made snug and toasty by the burnished brass that constitutes the “heart” of this space. So, hint number three is:

  1. 3.    When mixing metals, try to keep different finishes on separate horizontal visual planes (divide the room into bottom, middle and top).

 

As we mentioned before, none of our tips are hard and fast rules.

In fact, if you paid close attention, you may have noticed one or more of our tips were completely disregarded in many of our own examples. Of course, most of our examples are the work of professional designers and our tips are merely guidelines for people who are just getting started.

When it comes right down to it, so many of today’s trends are about breaking rules, making it a most opportune time to “get your remodel on.”  Never before have there been so many fun and exciting options, or as many ways to express your unique personality.

If you’d like to know more about what we’ve covered here, or see other combinations and possibilities that will really get your brain humming, reach out any time to schedule an appointment.

 

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Design trends: creative drying racks, kitchen banquettes, and encaustic tile

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Be Creative for a Less Cluttered Home

Baillie Scott Arts & Crafts House - The Cotswolds

High ceilings? Your kitchen can also double as a laundry space—just install a drying rack above the sink for a creative, less cluttered home.

 

Kitchen Banquettes

Putney, Loft Conversion

 

Casual or formal, the cozy appeal of a dining room or kitchen booth is irresistible either way!

 

Wood Accents

Minnehaha Modern - Minneapolis, MN

 

Wood adds warmth to any room. Oak shelves or post and beam ceilings keep it cozy—even with crisp modern designs.

 

Cook With a Sense of Calm

Upper East Side Apartment

 

Cool blues and whites in the kitchen give a relaxed, ocean aura.

 

Pop!

Redel Home

Encaustic tile adds the perfect pattern pop to any bathroom.

 

Photos provided by Houzz.

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Design trends: bay windows, free-standing coat racks, and green everything!

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Beautiful Bay Windows

Los Gatos kitchen

 

Make any space look bigger and brighter with a bay window.

 

Green with Envy

London Fields House

Evergreen has officially made its debut as the newest color trend. Using dark green tiles behind crisp white cabinets makes for a special glossy pop.

 

Less Is More!

Hemma hos Caroline Wass

 

Declutter your home for simplicity in your sanctuary.

 

Free-Standing Coat Racks

Underwater Safari

 

Making a resurgence in entry ways and by staircase, this movable option is great for houses with insufficient closet space—and those who hate using coat hangers.

 

Room Color Falling Flat?

Wilson Residence - Blowing Rock, NC

 

Green, patterned wall paper warms up even the coldest, gloomiest rooms.

 

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Wingback chairs, terazzo, evergreen, and more!

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The Wingback Comeback

Scandinavian Design at designjunction - Fritz Hansen

Photo by designjunctionSearch Scandinavian living room pictures

 

The wingback armchair is back and soaring as a classic accent piece—reinvented.

 

Terazzo Marks the Spot!

Park St

Photo by Miris Windows & DoorsDiscover contemporary kitchen design ideas

This speckled, polished material design is taking flooring, walls, and more by storm.

 

Evergreen Everything

Teddy Edwards Brooklands

Photo by Teddy EdwardsSearch traditional kitchen design ideas

 

Color trend alert! Dark, evergreen is the newest color craze for all things interior.

 

Rusted Metals

Rusteel Decorative Rust Effect RST 8001

Photo by Armourcoat Surface FinishesLook for industrial home design design inspiration

 

Shiny metallics may be fading as a prominent design trend—but aged and rusted metals are making a resurgence.

 

Textured Tiles

St. James

Photo by Brooke Wagner DesignBrowse beach style home bar ideas

Keep an eye out for new 3D and geometric style designs for reinvented tile backsplashes.

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How to choose the best cabinets for your kitchen

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KraftMaid Square Raised Panel – Veneer Maple Canvas

When you’re looking to improve your house, whether you want to sell or make your abode more comfortable for many years to come, the first thing you probably thought about was improving and updating your kitchen. From gathering around the table for dinner and late night chats, to card games and homework and elaborate dinner parties, kitchens are the command center for most homes, providing physical and emotional nourishment for the people who enter.

As a result, homeowners have many options when it comes to appliance upgrades, floors, lighting, and paint choices. Before making any of those decisions, though, you should make a decision about your cabinets. The appearance and style you choose can set the entire tone of the room, and will direct every other design decision.

 

Choosing Your Cabinets: Factors to Consider

 

Executive Cabinetry as featured in Su Casa Magazine Spring 2016

Executive Cabinetry as featured in Su Casa Magazine Spring 2016

1. Your Budget

It’s important to decide upfront how much you are willing to spend on your cabinets. Looking for a full-service provider that does everything from design and selection to installation, as well as individual custom pieces, can help the DIY homeowner find the best options for their kitchen.

2. Your Needs

Start thinking about how you’ll use the cabinets. There are many new options to choose from, including drawers that can roll up or pull down, built-in cutting boards, storage options, and functional additions that will help you make the most of your cabinets.

3. Your Taste

Cabinet doors can be some of the costliest investments, with several different factors playing into the overall appearance, including:

  • Overlay: Full overlay doors are a modern-looking choice that requires hardware, and can give you a little more storage space, while covering the entire face frame of the cabinet. Partial overlay has been the standard for many years, and is a cost-effective option. Inset doors can be the trickiest to install and maintain, but have become popular choices.
  • Panels: A raised or sunken panel can change the appearance of the kitchen, as well as a flushed or beaded panel.
  • Style: Do you want a more modern, sleek kitchen? Or a traditional or country kitchen? The cabinets you choose can play into that appearance.
  • Drawers vs. doors: Your base cabinets can feature a mix of cabinets with doors and shelves or drawers that offer larger storage areas.

4. Your Finishes

Once you’ve made a decision on the style of cabinet you’re looking to install, you can look at small details that will help to personalize and give you truly one-of-a-kind cabinets; consider:

  • Stains: Stain colors can look very different based on the type of wood chosen for the cabinets, with the natural color of the wood adding underlying tones of red or yellow, absorbing the stain at different rates, and giving a different appearance to your kitchen.
  • Hardware: From the hinges to the handles, you have thousands of choices when it comes to personalizing your cabinets. From sleek chrome to ornamental copper, modern pewter or understated nickel, the pieces you choose show off your personality and taste.
  • Moldings: When you want to finish your kitchen, look at the molding choice that ties your cabinet design to the rest of the kitchen. There are many different providers who make custom moldings, from traditional and braided to highly decorative or smooth and sleek.

 

Our Favorites

 

KraftMaid Cherry Kitchen in Praline

KraftMaid Cherry Kitchen in Praline

We love the design features from cabinet makers like KraftMaid, Merillat, QualityCabinets, Echelon, Executive Cabinetry and RSI.

The Addison Slab from Echelon’s Prestige Collection provides a modern door in a variety of colors. The rich brown, or black Belleview, would be a gorgeous addition to your trendy kitchen. The company follows a 17-step finishing process to give customers the best quality possible. Similarly, Ohio-based KraftMaid’s suede topcoat finish takes the same resistance available in their other cabinet door finishes and softens the sheen. It’s the perfect finish for a distressed cabinet style.

Merillat’s easy-to-finish cabinets are enhanced by their expansive collection of knobs, from antique and vintage styles to mixed-medium knobs and pulls that shine in modern kitchens. Alternatively, for more than 50 years, Middletons Mouldings has been using cherry, hickory, aspen, poplar, maple and oak to create custom moldings that match your cabinetry.

 

RSI Professional Cabinet Solutions: Newport in Alabaster Glaze

RSI Professional Cabinet Solutions: Newport in Alabaster Glaze

 

At Primera, we work with a variety of different manufacturers to give you the kitchen of your dreams—from the first meeting, where you can sit down with a designer to sketch out and visualize the final appearance of your choices, to the professional, experienced installers who ensure precise, timely project completion. Primera operates in five different states with more than 40 years of experience. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

 

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Design trends: embroidered silk, calming-color kitchens and nature-inspired textiles

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Mixing Metals

Designers are now mixing gold, silver, copper and bronze for a bold design trend.

Embroidered Silk

Embroidered silk curtains give texture to an otherwise sleek accent piece.

White, Green and Yellow Kitchens

White, green and yellow kitchens bring a sense or calm and happiness to an otherwise busy room.

Casual-Formal Dining Rooms

Dining rooms are making a comeback this year, but with a more casual appeal. What once was a strictly formal room is now becoming a place to gather for family meals with fun, laid-back décor.

Nature-Inspired Textiles

 

Rugs reminiscent of the ocean, wallpaper that imitates plant-life: nature-inspired textiles bring a sense of grounding to any home.

 

Image Resources:

http://www.houzz.com

 

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Design trends: geometric tile designs, spacious storage and statement mirrors

 

Geometric Tile Designs

The options are endless with the newest geometric tile trend. Keep your kitchen and bathroom interesting with a backsplash of bold shapes and intricate designs.

 

Spacious Storage

Simplify your kitchen with deep storage drawers for those bulky pots and pans. The added space and effortless organization will feel like a breath of fresh air.

 

Make a Statement with Your Mirror

Be bold with your bathroom! Wood frames, creative shapes and vintage vanities are making mirrors more exciting this year.

 

Screen-Free Living Rooms

The newest trend in 2016? Ditch the digital distractions and dedicate your living room to reading, relaxing and spending time with friends and family.

Bring the Outdoors In

A touch of nature brings calm to any room: think jasmine, bamboo and sansevieria.

Image Resources:

http://www.houzz.com

 

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Design trends: mismatched chairs, statement staircases and mix-matched metallic

Mismatched Chairs

Looking for a fun DIY project to enhance your home? Pick up wooden chairs from garage sales and flea markets and repaint them using a gradient of hues for a wonderfully mismatched collection.

Mismatched chairs

(Image from A Beautiful Mess)

Make a Statement with Your Staircase  

Who says you can’t paint your staircase? Grey has been a trending color this year and provides a smooth, cooling appeal to cover up years of wear and tear.

Mix and Match Metallic Materials

Bring in the shiny new year with mix-matched metallic materials. Copper, bronze, silver and gold go hand-in-hand for a glam appeal in any room.

Natural Wallpaper  

2016′s wallpaper trend is inspired by natural textures: think wood, marble and stone.

Deep-Colored Furniture

Shades of deep green, purple and blue add a sense of calm to a room and pair nicely with the metallic trends that will also be prevalent in the new year.

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http://www.houzz.com

http://www.abeautifulmess.com 

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