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LEARNING CORNER

with a central color gives me the ability to pull a room together, while
working to create a more collected feel.
Nature is a huge source of inspiration for me, and clients frequently
look to bring the outdoors in when it comes to the design of their homes.
Paint and fabric selections are often inspired by views outside of the window, adjoining gardens, pools and outdoor terraces. A specific color of
stone on a patio and the color of the water in the swimming pool have
even been color inspirations in some of my past designs.

Is the way you select colors for the kitchen different than
how you select those for the bathroom?
Although color palettes chosen for different rooms vary, my mode of
selection is usually the same each time. We start by choosing a color from
a standout piece and then build the color palette using colors to complement and enhance it.

You told us what your clients want in terms of color, but do
you also try to get them to take some risks with pops of color
or colors they had not considered?
I find that color tends to be one of the most difficult choices for clients.
It's easy to communicate which colors you like or do not like, but we tend
to struggle with how they actually translate to the home. I start the design
process by asking my clients to share a list of colors they love and those
they hate. After I learn their strong preferences, I build a color palette that
is central to a color they love, then add in complementary colors to enhance that primary color.

These days, the trends shout "white" and "gray." Do you tend
to take more risks in your color selection?
I like to take more risks with color, using dark and rich palettes, where
others would tend to go light. With that said, neutrals have the ability to
create a calm environment perfect for layering textures to create rich,
timeless designs. In the end, it's all about knowing your client and understanding their design goals. Sometimes it takes introducing them to things
they may not have thought about before, and other times it's simply listening to exactly what they want and delivering it.

In your opinion, what are the growing color trends both in
bathrooms and kitchens?
Sophisticated kitchens with open floor plans are a growing trend,
which have made way for the white kitchen to experience a comeback
in a major way. Dark kitchens and painted cabinetry are two other trends
that are continuing to be experienced. A new trend I've seen recently is a
predominately neutral kitchen with colored cabinetry. This is a fun look as
it brings in a pop of color in an unexpected place.
Darker colors are a great option for baths, as they not only add warmth
and drama, but can also create a serene, spa-like ambiance just as well
as their lighter-color counterparts. n
- By Chelsie Butler

(Above) Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter is a
light gray with warm undertones that works
well when paired with light countertops such
as white marble. In this bath, it added warmth
while complementing the dramatic wallpaper.

(Left) Benjamin Moore Stormy Monday
balances cool environments with white
cabinets and stainless steel appliances.
Black accents work well here, allowing for
bold accent colors like red and blue.

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

KBB - September/October 2015
Contents
Online Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
People & Places
Better Business
Before & After
Sustainable Design
2015 Design Award Winners
Cover Story
Kitchen of the Year
Bathroom of the Year
Showroom of the Year
Woodsy elements emphasize versatile 2nd Place Kitchen
Functional layout paves way for the 2nd Place Bathroom
Dual islands stand out in the Honorable Mention Kitchen
Timeless marble highlights the Honorable Mention Bathroom
KBIS Countdown to Design & Construction Week®
Trends
Products
Learning Corner
KBB - September 2015 - KBB - September/October 2015
KBB - September 2015 - Cover2
KBB - September 2015 - 1
KBB - September 2015 - Contents
KBB - September 2015 - 3
KBB - September 2015 - Online Contents
KBB - September 2015 - 5
KBB - September 2015 - Editor’s Note
KBB - September 2015 - 7
KBB - September 2015 - Show Director’s Note
KBB - September 2015 - 9
KBB - September 2015 - People & Places
KBB - September 2015 - 11
KBB - September 2015 - Better Business
KBB - September 2015 - 13
KBB - September 2015 - Before & After
KBB - September 2015 - 15
KBB - September 2015 - 16
KBB - September 2015 - 17
KBB - September 2015 - Sustainable Design
KBB - September 2015 - 19
KBB - September 2015 - 20
KBB - September 2015 - Cover Story
KBB - September 2015 - Kitchen of the Year
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KBB - September 2015 - 24
KBB - September 2015 - 25
KBB - September 2015 - Bathroom of the Year
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KBB - September 2015 - 28
KBB - September 2015 - 29
KBB - September 2015 - Showroom of the Year
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KBB - September 2015 - 32
KBB - September 2015 - 33
KBB - September 2015 - Woodsy elements emphasize versatile 2nd Place Kitchen
KBB - September 2015 - 35
KBB - September 2015 - Functional layout paves way for the 2nd Place Bathroom
KBB - September 2015 - 37
KBB - September 2015 - Dual islands stand out in the Honorable Mention Kitchen
KBB - September 2015 - Timeless marble highlights the Honorable Mention Bathroom
KBB - September 2015 - 40
KBB - September 2015 - KBIS Countdown to Design & Construction Week®
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KBB - September 2015 - Trends
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KBB - September 2015 - Products
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