Now that the Gentry project has wrapped up (the new homeowners moved in this week!), we are ramping up to start a couple of new and exciting projects including another investment property and some renovation work at my own house! Yay! I can’t wait to take you along for the ride!
Kohler Whitehaven Apron Sink shown here in the Gentry project. I’ll be using this same sink in my upcoming kitchen reno!
Kohler is an amazing resource for me in all of my projects and I always look to their offerings for quality, timeless and modern kitchen and bath products. They asked me if I’d be willing to share my take on kitchen and bath trends and OF COURSE I jumped at the chance to get to put together a little preview for you guys of some of the rooms we’ve been dreaming up for our upcoming projects! I think it’s always a good idea to use classic neutrals as your design foundation in any space, but especially in kitchens and baths, and that accessories and lower investment items are great for experimenting with trends. That said, I think there’s a trendy way to do the classics! I’ve rounded up pieces for updated versions of a white kitchen and a black bathroom that I think feel fresh, on trend and completely livable.
TREND #1: WHITE (but not the type of white you’re imagining)
In my girls bathroom reno, I used different shade of white tiles, shiplap and stone to help this room feel layered and more warm.
WHERE TO USE THIS TREND: spaces that get great natural light that you want to feel cheerful, clean and energizing.
I like white spaces especially in rooms where I want to be able to see well for specific tasks, like getting ready in my bathroom (where I need all the light I can get!! :)) I also like white for kitchens, but lately especially, I love the idea of mixing shades of white ranging from my favorite Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace to a warmer Swiss Coffee, with doses of ivory and a soft, warm clay color!
I think the trick to pulling off this updated look is to add accents of metallics and punches of black in the lighting and hardware as well as moments of warmth through adding wood accents. Here’s a kitchen board we’ve been working on that shows my vision for this updated version of a white kitchen! Its a little bit English countryside and a little bit California modern. Isn’t this pretty?
TREND #2: BLACK AND MOODY
WHERE TO USE THIS TREND: rooms where you want to make a statement and create a dramatic mood. I especially like using dark colors in small rooms that don’t get a lot of natural light, like our client’s bathroom shown above. You might as well embrace the shadows and moodiness! Also I’ve found it can make smaller rooms feel a bit larger.
I’m obsessed with warm shades of black and I’m itching to do another dark, moody bathroom in my own house. Maybe with this black limestone tile on the walls or just black paint? Off Black from Farrow & Ball is a favorite color. ALSO I’m dying over that Jute vanity from Kohler with those amazing metal legs! WOW! Any sized dose of black in design makes such a chic statement!
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