2008 Color Trend Black and White at KBIS

Wells SinkwareBlack and White is such a great color combination.  It’s instantly elegant even with the simplest materials.  Here are some photos and products from this year’s KBIS that you can use in your black and white theme.

The Damask Remix Vessel Sink design by Cheryl Erikson-Wong for Wells Sinkware could be seen in the New Product Pavilion.  These sinks are made by sandwiching the pattern between two layers of glass. The double layer of glass makes these sinks very durable as well.

lacquered wall tileAnn Sacks displayed their Laque Tile.  These dramatic lacquer wall tiles come in 12″x24″ format in black or white.  These tiles are manufactured in a traditional Vietnamese style that dates back to the third and fourth centuries B.C.  Each wood tiles receive 12-18 coats of lacquer and is hand polished to a warm glossy finish.  These tiles are not for wet areas but work great for accent walls.

This luxurious bath is from the Traditional Home Magazine vignette in the KBIS Design Idea Center.  If you don’t have as much floor space you can incorporate the simple lines and stately elegance.  Black glass chandeliers are at the top of the list of must-have chic accessories.

Traditional Home

This Vanity from Duravit is great for high style in small baths. I think this would look great with a damask print tile.

One of the best things about using a black and white theme is that you can always change up your accessories to add some spice or give the room a new feeling.  Red is a hot accent color right now. Most trend-spotters are crediting the upcoming Olympics for Red’s popularity.

duravit

laurey hardware

 

Exotic Hardwood Floor

Exotic Hardwood Flooring | KitchAnn StyleA great way to make a room a showcase is to install exotic wood flooring.
According to Shannon, who blogs at Floor Talk! exotic wood floors will set your home apart from others that have more traditional wood flooring.
Over 60 species of exotic woods exists around the world.  Popular flooring choices include Santos, Mahogany, Brazilian Walnut, Tiete Rosewood, Brazilian Teak and Amendoim.  The flooring is available solid or engineered.
Like any unique flooring or design purchase, be sure to view or request several different samples to see the range of color and grain in the floor. These natural characteristics are part of what makes the item exotic.

Also make sure you understand how hard your wood floor will be.  Many people are under the misguided notion that hardwood floors will not dent under heavy pressure.