Inspiration, Trends

Trend Alert: Wood Cabinets

Wood Cabinets are back people! They went out during the “paint everything white” years and then during the “smokey” cabinet year and a half, and now they are coming back into kitchens with a drama all of their own. Observe:

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Wood Cabinets are veering modern AND traditional these days paired with lots of B&W, and open shelving, with a rustic/minimalist vibe. I am loving this trend because wood has so much warmth and texture to it, that it can hold its own in a minimalist setting, and still keep everything cozy.

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I admit freely that I am much more drawn to this contemporary, modern iteration of wooden cabinets, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any wood cabinet hopes for you traditional people, and I actually really really love these: 

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A common element of all of these wood cabinet kitchens is the presence of a heavy dose of B&W as well as a simplicity in all the other elements of the kitchen. The idea here is to let the wood tones be the focal point of the kitchen, without everything feeling super heavy and “decorative”  

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I would do these in my kitchen in a heart beat, which is actually saying a lot because normally I am a lot more cautions about trends, but I think this is one that will stand the test of time and will always feel classic. And if you do it in this neutral, natural tone of wood, it will go with anything! 

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What Does “Bright” Design Mean?

Happy Friday, everyone! Today I want to talk about what it means when people say “bright” in reference to the feel of a room. A few weeks ago I did a post about moody design, so I figured I would now go the other way and delve into what the opposite – bright, means. Similar to moody design, brightness is a ‘mood’ as opposed to a style in and of itself. This means that it can be applied to any style.

Unlike moody design, bright design is completely oversaturated (get it??) in the design scene these days, so I’m going to try to break it down into just a few key elements:

#1 Natural Light

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Obviously when talking about “brightness” the element of light will be the most important. Duh. This is one that in my opinion, you can’t have too much of, and I know you’ve heard that from every designer ever. Maybe one day there will be a deviant trend where dank dark basements become a covetable architectural feature, but I doubt that will happen and if it does, I quit.

#2 White

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Second most important is lots of white! One of the most common things I hear is “Not white! Its too sterile.” or sometimes “Really? Just boring white?” The truth is that white is the best equalizer that I know of. Period. Painting your walls white allows you to add 10X more color and texture than you otherwise would’ve been able to. To make a sweeping generalization (because who doesn’t love those), unless you are going for a ultra minimalistic, dramatic, or editorial look, white is always best for a functional home. Here I include some examples of homes with tons of warmth and color that are not boring at all, and also use white on at least the walls.

#3 Saturated Colors

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I debated adding this one at all because a bright and neutral colored home is entirely possible and absolutely lovely. The addition of saturated colors are not 100% necessary in order to a home to be “bright”, however the combination of natural light + white + saturated colors = something so utterly “bright” that I couldn’t NOT include it!

#4 Openness?

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This one is a little harder to describe. It could be an open floor plan, a sky light, large windows, or even just high ceilings (a combination of these would be total design porn)

Even though all styles can be bright I think that the styles that lend themselves to this “brightness” are Modern, Mid-century Modern, and Scandinavian styles.

So what is your take on bright design? What elements do you love about bright design?