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TRENDS Comfortably Confident Consumers will use color to balance tranquility and optimism in their kitchens and baths for 2015 In 2000, Pantone declared Cerulean Blue its color of the year. The hue, which conjured the sky on a crystal-clear day, spoke to people's desire for peaceful yet inspirational spaces. The quest for tranquility remains strong 15 years later, yet consumers are more willing to play with a range of colors that showcase optimism and playfulness in their kitchens and baths. Color forecasters and product manufacturers share their insights on how these palettes will play out in 2015. Balancing Warmth and Cheerfulness The evolution of kitchen design directly influences color trends, according to Andy Wells, vice president of product design and trends at MasterBrand Cabinets. "If you go back only 10 years ago, kitchen layouts were predictably U- or L-shaped with a lot of chopped up SKUs of little doors and drawers," he said. "From a performance point of view, the kitchen is more about thoughtfully designed, focused pieces with a function. It's also about better representing people's aspirations." This shift signals a more confident consumer who is willing to mix a range of materials, finishes and colors - many of them accurately reflecting nature. "Color in the kitchen has moved from sticky browns and reds to a beautiful warm gray palette that authentically harmonizes with elements from nature," said Wells, who points to autumn as an example. "If you look at the leaves, bark and acorns on the forest floor in late October, they start to gray up, but they're not becoming stark. They are warm and comfortable." A wide selection of finishes, patterns and textures has led to layering. It's a look that plays out in Benjamin Moore's 2015 color trends palette, in which the paint maker identifies four color families comprising 23 hues that could be used in a monochromatic way. "A kitchen may have a combination of metals, woods, stones and tiles that can then be enhanced by playing with paint sheen levels and slight color nuances between the walls and cabinetry for a look that is 2 1. Artistic Tile's Charleston collection is a mirrored glass that contributes to an heirloom look. The beveled-edge antiqued mirror finish in gold adds a subtle metallic layer to tranquil bathroom design. Circle No. 212 or visit kbbonline.com/freeinfo 3 1 2. Color Marketing Group says that red will be a color to watch in 2015. The Retro Fridge from Big Chill Appliances answers that call with a cherry red appliance that makes a bold vintage statement. Circle No. 213 or visit kbbonline.com/freeinfo 3. Pantone's Color of the Year - Marsala - is reflected in this Keurig 2.0 K400 Series Brewing System, which features a 70-oz water reservoir, 2.4-in. color display, programmable clock, an auto brew option and a strength control setting for brewing bolder coffee. Circle No. 214 or visit kbbonline.com/freeinfo 88 + K BB January 2015 / www.kbbonline.com / The Official Sponsor of KBIS www.kbis.com http://www.kbbonline.com/freeinfo http://www.kbbonline.com/freeinfo http://www.kbbonline.com/freeinfo http://www.kbbonline.com http://www.kbis.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of KBB - January 2015

Contents
Online Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
People & Places
Dealer Dish
Tech Savvy
Business Practice
Sustainable Design
Universal Design
Solutions
Favorites
Before and After
Industry Outlook
KBIS 2015 and Design & Construction Week
Trends
Products
Design
Living Joyfully
Bittersweet Symphony
The Glamorous Life
New Lines, New Look
Learning Corner
Last Word

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