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THE

HOMES
ISSUE

"Any color palette can be timeless-it's the
design details and the way the design is
executed that makes the difference." 		
EMILY MANGUS
echo a streamlined look are popular, with chrome,
brushed gold and burnished brass topping wish lists.
Cabinet hardware in those finishes all feel right, right
now.
"Customers are often going with pulls for every
cabinet, instead of knobs, and the pulls tend to be
bigger, and more squared off...again, the simple lines
instead of ornate pulls," says Duncan.

Islands have staying power
Islands are here to stay, say all three of our design
sources. A double island configuration in large kitchens
is also catching on, and Mangus says she's a fan. "We're
actually doing one for a client now," she says. "It's
awesome if you have the space, because more seating
and more storage is always a good thing."
Mangus says some new homes are nixing the dining
room for a floor plan with a larger kitchen, as formal
spaces fall out of favor. These kitchens may benefit
from two islands, and the island can also replace the
traditional table and chairs of the eat-in kitchen.
The island also creates an opportunity to add flair,
by varying cabinetry colors (a blue, green or gray island
with white perimeter cabinets is a well-loved look),
adding bar stools with personality, and pendant lights
to anchor the island.

ABOVE:
This kitchen has
personality and
timeless style.

JUST SAY NO TO THESE DESIGN DON'TS
Busy granite: Pass on speckled
granite. Opt for quartz,
quartzite, marble, or a subdued
granite. Explore honed and
leathered finishes, too.

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Dark cherry cabinetry: Some
cabinet lines are dropping
these dark finishes, which
look dated. Go for painted
cabinetry or more updated
stains.

Ornate touches:
Flourish is out, clean
lines are in. Also,
take down fake ivy
or collectibles lining
upper cabinetry.

A kitchen that feels at home in your home will reflect
its surroundings, and that means bringing in organic
touches. That could mean locally mined countertops,
art hung on a kitchen wall from a regional artist, or
cabinets built by Roanoke craftsmen.
"We're always pulling from nature, whether that's
a stone like marble, or a mantel made from reclaimed
wood," says Emily Gannon, who works at Emily
Mangus Interiors. "And we work with local artisans
to build a kitchen island, or beautiful bar stools or the
dining room table that feels unique to that project."
Work in elements in your kitchen that tie it to
Virginia in some way, and the kitchen will always feel
like it belongs-even if it's just fresh flowers from the
farmer's market.

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