A Passion for Pink

A recent article from Interior Design Magazine features a kitchen designed around a client’s love for Hot Pink.

The client feels the pink makes the concrete and stainless steel look less serious.  You can follow this great example of using an accent color with your own personal favorite.  The key is to pay attention to the value of the colors you select.  Colors of the same value will not have enough contrast.  For example, if you substituted a pastel pink in this room it would make the room look too washed out.

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I have a prospective client right now who has a collection of kitchens in her idea file all with red accents.  Because the kitchen cabinets and floors vary in color I know the red accents are what has drawn her to the pictures.

Idea files are a great way to start the remodeling process.  While many obvious preferences will evolve some will be subtle.  A good designer will notice whether a person prefers clean lines or decorative ornamentation; or perhaps if a client desires perfect symmetry or a kitchen with all of the tall cabinetry on one side.

Designer: Ghislaine Viñas

Glass Sink From Franke

Glass Sink | KitchAnn style
frankeglasssink.jpgFranke will introduce a new glass kitchen sink at the UK’s Kitchen and Bath Show in March.

The Kubus is available in two models; a single bowl (KBV 611) and a bowl and a half (KBV 651) in your choice of cool Black or sleek Aqua tones.

Glass is making a new impact in the kitchen as manufacturing techniques have improved strength.  Franke tested the new sinks by dropping stainless steel pans onto them.

Since many people find the price of glass countertops prohibitive, these new sinks will be a great way to add modern sleekness to kitchens. Unfortunately, it will be a while before the sink will hit the market in the U.S.

Glace Penny Round Glass Tile

Penny Round Tile | KitchAnn Style
Penny Round Glass TileGlace tiles from Ann Sacks is a modern glass version of the traditional ceramic penny round tile.

In addition to 3/4″ rounds, this opaque sparkling tile is available in sheets of 1″x 6″ sticks.

Ann Sacks uses the traditional method of ladling molten glass into steel molds to form these tiles.  The slow cooling process gives the tiles their aged and scattered appearance.

Since blue is the new green I expect these tiles to be very popular.

Ceramica Cielo Jungle Collection

jungle2.jpgExotic Leather is all the rage.  And since home decor often
follows the fashion runway trends it’s no surprise that 
designers are very excited about the Jungle Collection from
Italian Fixture manufacturer Ceramica Cielo.

The available finishes are Monty – python skin
Dundee -brown and green crocodile skin
Deep Dundee – off-white crocodile

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The sinks are finished both inside and out while the toilets are only patterned on the outside and lid.

I really like the white crocodile.  It’s a great way to add an exotic feel without going overboard.