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SEP 2018

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matte black stainless are new and popular color choices, he says. "Modern kitchen faucets in stainless or bright chrome are what we most often specify," says DeWalt. "Brass and gold plumbing, lighting and hard- ware are starting to show up and some are being mixed with other metals," she notes. As far as appliances go, DeWalt sees black stainless and matte black trending strongly in the mainstream market. Gehman adds, "We are design- ing for refrigerator drawers in lower cabinets or in the island. Steam ovens are replacing microwaves in some cases, and microwaves are being placed within lower drawers." Lighting is always an import- ant factor in kitchen spaces. "It's best to work with three levels of light in a kitchen," DeWalt sug- gests. These include recessed lights, under- and over-cabinet strip lighting and p endant lighting. LEDs are showing up strongly, in part because of their improved quality and pricing, in part because of sustainability codes in states like California. "Many of our builders are mak- ing hanging fixtures an option and replacing them with re- cessed cans." Those, too, might b e LED-powered. Gehman says, "Large scale pendants in feature areas, industrial modern fixtures with Edison bulbs and the incorpora- tion of LED lighting are what's most popular in lighting now." LAST WORDS As designer Mary DeWalt points out, "Kitchens are where we gather these days." Their large is- lands and openness to surround- ing living spaces "are bringing family and friends into the heart of the home." This is an exciting space to work in, isn't it? ▪ Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS is an independent designer in San Diego, the author of New Kitchen Ideas That Work and the New Bathroom Idea Book (Taunton Press), and a design journalist, NKBA Chapter presenter and industry consultant. Her website is She was named one of KBDN's 50 top innovators for 2017. September 2018 • 41 w w w. p l a t o w o o d w o r k . c o m G E N E R A T I O N S O F B E A U T I F U L E X Q U I S I T E C R A F T S M A N S H I P. I N N O V AT I V E D E S I G N . U N C O M P R O M I S E D S E R V I C E . Photography: Jay Greene Architectural Photography Wilmington, DE | Cabinetry: Main Street Cabinet Co. Moorestown, NJ Circle No. 25 on Product Card

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