Here we are again, now with just two weeks before KBIS 2019! Amid the hustle and bustle and finishing touches for the booth, we’re back again to sneak another peek. This time, it’s my personal favorite (though I don’t know if I have just one): Coastal Luxe.
Doesn’t the name just say it all? Well, in case not, here are some tidbits that I think you’ll find inspiring about this design I hope you get to see in person!
Harmonizing multiple finishes
Before we delve in, have you questioned how many finishes and materials can work well in a kitchen design? Is there a maximum number before it gets crazy? I think the answer is yes to the latter, but the actual number is relevant to scale. The reason for the question is that when I take a step back and look at this kitchen, I don’t readily notice the total number of materials and finishes that are actually present. Let’s break this down, starting with the cabinet finishes.
Do you remember the Platinum Bayside kitchen with the grand table-island?
In the kitchen above, there are three cabinet finishes, which inspired the combination we’re showing at KBIS this year. However, as trends shift toward inclusion of color, Dusk becomes the stand-in for Irish Crème and Peppercorn quartersawn oak offers a slightly cleaner look versus cherry:
Moving on to the next collection of color/materials, here we have the finishes representing the counters, plumbing fixtures and appliances:
This adds four new colors to the design, bringing us to a total of seven. And that doesn’t account for the flooring, the backsplash, or wall color. That sounds crazy – right?!!
Combining the materials, this how the counters are working with the cabinets:
- Dusk and Tuscan Dawn line the perimeter of the L-shape display. This duo is a fresh way to approach color through contrast of temperature; warm against cool. Though Tuscan dawn reads primarily as a tawny, tanned leather color, pairing it with Dusk amplifies the gray undertones in both materials. And according to trend forecasts, surprising color combos like these are on deck for 2019. We’re moving away from intensely monochromatic palettes while still retaining earth-inspired neutrals like these.
- Dove Appaloosa accents the Dusk perimeter on the island and wood hood with Concrete quartz counters that perfectly complements the dark brush strokes of the cabinet finish. There’s even a slight blue hue to the gray counter, which reflects Dusk’s undertones. And capping this ensemble is a bronze-gold breakfast counter that creates a grounding effect as a dark neutral.
- Finally, standing at the end of the L is an arrangement of Peppercorn with ever-timeless white marble (White Attica). This hutch-inspired composition doubles as a bake-center zone, which of course makes the qualities of quartz even more important.
When I look at these seven colors/materials, it seems like they just shouldn’t work, yet they do. Now, if I tried to put these same seven finishes in a confined space, I’m certain it would feel more like a patchwork quilt than a finely tailored suit. So room scale is a key component for making multiple finishes and materials work together well.
Another factor, which seems obvious I suppose, is the color palette itself. While these colors are not as compatible as an ombre of colors found on a paint chip card, they do have color wheel principles working for them in the same way blue and orange complement one another, but in a much more subdued manner. Finally, to me, the thing that makes a design like this work is the interpretation of the vision. In other words, where does each color go? Is there justification to making a color change for that area?
In the example of our Platinum display, you will see that the shift to Peppercorn was almost logical for a stand-alone furniture feature in the layout. Said differently, if you can picture a block of color as a stand-alone piece, it will likely work wonderfully as an integrated accent. The details of how you get from color one to color two really comes from successful iterations and, like anything you practice, it gets easier with time.
I hope you are feeling inspired try out a multi-finish-material design in your next layout! We’d love to see what you dream up and how that’s working for you in 2019.
And if you’re on the fence about that trip to Las Vegas, maybe this will give you just one more reason to go. If you’re already planning to attend, we look forward to seeing you at booth #N3026!
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