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Overwhelmingly at this yearâs Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), browns and grays are the palette of choice in kitchen and bath designs. Practically every cabinet company had vignettes incorporating these, as well as sage and other earth tones, into their design schemes.
âThe hottest colors right now are those with a brown or gray undertone,â said Angela Wellborn OâNeill, director of marketing for Wellborn Cabinet. Of the 23 new colors added to Wellborn Cabinetâs options, 12 feature rich brown and gray stains.
At Diamond, part of the MasterBrand Group, these colors were used in paint and translucent stain finishes. âThe translucent brings an added depth and dimension,â said Cathy Hitz of MasterBrand. Among the companyâs new Inspired Finish color introductions is Storm, which provides a semi-translucent gray âbase,â revealing the wood grain color. Hitz said the colored opaques could be used as accents or as the primary cabinet color.
Also at the MasterBrand booth, Decora showed a vignette featuring its new Sweet Pea muted green finish, available on all maple and MDF door styles. The company also announced its custom color-matching program, through an exclusive partnership with Sherwin Williams.
A palette change was also noted at the Omega display, also at the MasterBrand booth, where prominent was silver, âwooly graysâ and âhonest browns.â âYouâll also see a lot of paint mixing with stain,â added MasterBrandâs Emily Small.
KraftMaid also has launched 24 new finish options, including rich browns and vintage sage. The 24 new colors include rich browns and vintage sage. âColors this year are going back to basic,â said Mark Ayers, vice president at KraftMaid.
| Angela Wellborn OâNeill, director of marketing for Wellborn Cabinet, on new trends.
What was seen at KBIS corresponds to style trends information compiled by the National Kitchen & Bath Assn. for its 2011 report. According to the association, by the end of last year, dark natural tones had risen in popularity to overtake medium natural and white painted finishes. The report also noted the increase in green color palettes, especially in the bathroom, with browns and whites still high in bath popularity as well.
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