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Our guest blogger, Lynley Serratt, director of sales and marketing for Palmer Todd, spills secrets on one of the elements that makes a design great: getting the most out of your space.
Every household runs into the challenge of keeping a space tidy and clutter-free. When the clutter gets too much to handle, you need somewhere to store it away, out of sight and away from under your feet. The good news is that every home, no matter its size, has potential storage space that goes unnoticed. These simple but creative solutions can help you gain extra storage in unexpected places.
More than meets the eye
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There's more to this mirror than what is seen at first glance. A hidden compartment behind the center mirror allows for pocket storage of valuables and accessories. Not only is the mirror a beautiful focal point, but it adds additional functionality.
In the upcoming year, Palmer Todd predicts we'll see more of the beautiful modern elements of recent years with a soft contemporary feel, smooth lines and simple, clean finishes. Classic touches with an overall light, open feel will flow throughout kitchens and bathrooms; and don't be surprised to see more eclectic style elements as well. Listed are a few key areas that they feel will be on the rise for 2013.
Transitional Replaces Traditional in Kitchen Design
Traditional style is officially no longer the most popular type of design. The survey found, in kitchens and bathrooms, "transitional" is now the most common style.
Transitional style is a blend of traditional and contemporary, with lines that are simpler than traditional, but more elaborate than contemporary, creating a modern classic look.
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The Return of Polished Chrome
Brushed metal finishes supplanted polished chrome for some time, but now it's making a comeback. Polished chrome as well as other polished finishes will be seen more in the upcoming months.
Sometimes referred to as the heart of the home, the kitchen is a place to prepare, cook and entertain guests. The introduction of the kitchen island has lent more flexibility to the design of the kitchen. Islands help define the kitchen workspace in today's open floor plans by separating the cook from the rest of the room. Whether built-in or movable, islands provide homes for appliances and additional seating, work space, storage and often serve as a kitchen’s hub and social center. The island currently is the single most popular design element in today's kitchen. It offers endless design possibilities and a wide range of choices in styles and materials. Here are some islands that we love and why we think they are so great!
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Islands as Statement Pieces – Furniture embellishments in the kitchen
Furniture that is repurposed as an island can provide a dramatic statement to a space. A worn wooden chemistry-lab table now serves as the island in this kitchen. The petite island lends rustic charm and warmth to the kitchen, while an antique red chair completes the look.
A cabinet is a cabinet, right? Hardly. From materials and finishes, heights to hardware, cabinets vary - and can add a unique touch to any renovation or new-build project. Choosing kitchen cabinetry is probably the biggest, if not the most nerve-wracking, decision you'll make for your kitchen. It's easy to understand since your cabinets have a big impact on your budget as well as how your kitchen looks and feels. Lynley Serratt of Palmer Todd shares the seven essential questions you should be asking your designer about cabinetry.
Tile typically conjures up visions of design in all capacities. As true fans of tile in all of its applications, Palmer Todd feels it truly has the ability to transform a room into a work of art.
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A beautiful walkway that conjures up images of a Moroccan temple.
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This surface, inspired by nature, transforms into a design statement.
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As a kitchen design professional, most of the emergences of modern trends, in my business, have been implemented in the homes of my client’s kitchens. Modern design has become much more main stream in the past couple of years than in years past. A clean line and minimalist approach define the design. The following details illustrate this in many ways.
Cabinetry – Light colored lacquer finishes combined with natural wood tones seem to dominate currently. Overly detailed door styles have been replace with slab panel doors and drawer fronts. Horizontal wood grains and textured melamine are also becoming popular as they seem to expand the perception of space.
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Almost every kitchen magazine showcases white marble countertops these days. They represent class and elegance, have been used in Europe for hundreds of years and are becoming an increasingly popular countertop choice in the United States. This increase in popularity is partly due to a better understanding of the stone. Use of marble in a kitchen will require different protective treatments. Setting the proper consumer expectation so they understand the reality of caring for this surface becomes imperative when recommending marble use in a kitchen application.
Texture and Carved Relief in Tile:
The sculptural, three-dimensional stone tile from Artistic Tile is hand-carved using an original finishing technique that gives this tile the appearance of two separate stones. This unique collaboration of dark and light shades provides a touch of drama to any exterior or interior wall installation.