AkzoNobel Color of the Year 2019

AkzoNobel Color of the Year 2019
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Spiced Honey has been unveiled by AkzoNobel as their Color of the Year for 2019. The shade was selected following expert research into global trends, insights and consumer behavior.

According to the color experts, 2018 has been tumultuous. People have felt overwhelmed by the deluge of news and demands upon their time. For the coming year, these analysts believe people are ” looking for their world to feel energizing and warm, natural and true. This led to the selection of classic, comforting tones of Spiced Honey

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Pantone's Fabulous Fashion Colors

Chartreuse Mosaic Flower Tile | KitchAnn Style
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Home trends follow fashion trends and with the experts predicting neutrals making a big comeback next year, expect to see Pantone’s 2012 Fall Fashion Color  Bright Chartreuse (Pantone 14-0445) and 2013 Spring Fashion Color Tender Shoots (Pantone 14-0046) to be  hot accents – especially in botanical and insect prints reminiscent of Victorian Naturalist Collections.

  


Bugging Out Has Never Been So Cool

Bug Print | KitchAnn Style

Fun Abstract Botanical Rug

Such a Lovely Interior

Bright Chartreuse | KitchAnn Style

Wall of the Wild

chartreuse prints | KitchAnn Style

Botanical Beauty

Chartreuse Sofa and Prints| KitchAnn Style

Stunning Chartreuse Tile

 Chartreuse Mosaic Flower Tile | KitchAnn Style

Bronze Finishes Choices for Decorative Hardware

KitchAnn Style Mulholland Hardware
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I’ve been holding onto this idea for a post for a while but with Olympic Fever Spreading it seems like a good time to mention that Hardware manufacturer Amerock wins a Gold Medal for their new Bronze Finishes.

BRUSHED BRONZE FINISH

Amerock describes this finish as the perfect blend of both Silver and Gold Tones. I think this finish exudes energy and looks great on the contemporary stylings of Essential’Z and Arrondi Bath Collection.

CARAMEL BRONZE FINISH

The new Caramel Bronze finish is decadent. It’s Bold yet gives a rustic nod to its rustic roots. It is available exclusively in the Candler, Extensity and the Clarendon Bath collections.

GILDED BRONZE

While this finish is not exactly new, it is now available on the new Mulholland Collection. The large appliance pull options from this collection are especially nice.

KitchAnn Style Mulholland Hardware

I hope all of you have a wonderful 4th of July! I’ll be watching the parade and fireworks in downtown Naples.

Best,  Ann Porter, CKD

Interior Design via Kinect

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Unless you live on a remote desert island, you are aware of the impact Microsoft’s Kinect has had on gaming. What you may not be aware of its ability to be a 3-D scanner with third-party apps.

The new possibilities comes from the Microsoft Kinect Fusion research project. It’s called Fusion because the technology fuses 3D data on top of the room mapping and gesture-aware sensors in the $150 Kinect device.

Simple 3-D mapping could open possibilities for homeowners to scan their rooms and send them to Interior Designers to make virtual changes. The technology is already available on Window 8 and its realistic price makes the future of new apps very promising.

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Microsoft is helping to encourage developers to create more apps by sponsoring a 13-week Kinect Accelerator program for young startups in partnership with Techstars this month.

While it may be a while before this hits the interior design community, engineers at companies like Toyota and Nissan are already using it to give consumers a virtual showroom and the ability to tour the inside of new concept cars.

Bloomingdale’s introduced special fitting rooms – called Pods –  that can scan your body in 5 seconds and recommend a pair of flattering jeans. The Bodymetrics Pod may soon be a common site in department stores and a home version is sure to revolutionize online shopping.

Who in our industry do you think will use it first? Will a large company like Masco use it as a virtual cabinet display at a Show like KBIS instead of setting up actual vignettes? Would Kohler use it to give you a tour of their new Elevance BubbleMassage rising wall bathtub so you could experience its controls without getting wet? Maybe it will be Miele with an inside look at how a dishwasher cleans with the ability to zoom in and see how the water jets clean away food particles? Or maybe it will be Hafele with an interactive automated lighting and opening system in a Kitchen vignette? I guess only time will tell.