Atlanta - From global influences to local products and simple accents to bold, daring spaces, renowned designer and co-owner of Chicago-based Contrast Design Group, Erik Kolacz, shares his insights into the latest design trends for the kitchen and bath.

KBIS 2012: Five Hot Trends from Designer Erik Kolacz1.Color and Texture

Combining unexpected colors and textures can help to invigorate any kitchen and bath. Also, using vibrant pops of color in rooms with subtle, thoughtful designs can create truly dramatic living spaces.


KBIS 2012: Five Hot Trends from Designer Erik Kolacz2. Be Unique

Educated savvy buyers are now looking for unique elements to reflect their own personal style. Take risks with items such as hardware and don’t be afraid to blend different eras to make a statement, like pairing Amerock’s modern Blackrock pull with a knob from the Mulholland collection.


KBIS 2012: Five Hot Trends from Designer Erik Kolacz3. Mix and Match

Mixing finishes and materials can help to create stylish focal points throughout the home. Try this Oil Rubbed Bronze mixed-material knob from Amerock’s Abernathy collection to add an eye-catching touch to any cabinet or furniture piece.


KBIS 2012: Five Hot Trends from Designer Erik Kolacz4. Keep it Simple

Small changes in the kitchen and bath can make a dramatic impact. By simply applying a new paint color and updating hardware, the homeowner can transform the look and feel of a room. Consider adding a touch of warmth by using a soft finish with an elegant appearance such as Amerock’s Brushed Bronze.


KBIS 2012: Five Hot Trends from Designer Erik Kolacz5. Difference in the Details

A well-designed space has an unspoken rhythm. Paying attention to the details can go a long way in creating a designer look. One way to add rhythm to any space is to pair knobs and pulls in the same finish throughout the home but use different sizes, shapes and styles to achieve an air of effortless coordination.


Source: Amerock


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