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DEC 2018

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Metropolitan AF690 is a changeable gray that works well on its own or with other materials or other colors, according to Magno. This ability to react is important for any gray tone coming up, because gray fatigue is begin- ning to set in. "I hope gray is going away," notes Kathy Marshall, princi- pal, Kathy Marshall Design in Wenham, MA. "If somebody really wants gray, I try to make sure the kitchen is accented with color, because if you don't do that, the kitchen looks very trendy. I also try to go with a warmer gray as opposed to a really blue gray – something that has a little bit more taupe in it, or more red, to make it feel warmer." "Gray is going to continue but be warmed with brown, and that is going to lead to some new browns entering the market," adds Mark Woodman, Mark Woodman design+color llc and president of the Color Marketing Group in Alexandria, VA. "Subtle sepia-type browns will offer an always popular vintage edge, but also move grays to a new level, warming them" and leading the way to brown tones. Wadden also notes the reemergence of brown tones. "The mid-century warm walnuts, sort of mid-toned woods, are col- ors that are going to be important next year," she believes. Dent stresses that people are definitely retreating from the white kitchen and returning to woods. "They want really pretty woods," she observes. "Walnut tends to be a high choice here, as well as rift oak." "People are definitely going toward white oak in a very nat- ural, organic look. Often I'm seeing it or liking it in the island and then maybe accented somewhere else on the project," adds Marshall. "With wood tones, it's definitely weathered and light, but distressed – that whole barnwood thing – with a raw edge or live-edge look," confirms Wadden. BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL One of the appeals of white, gray and light, natural woods is their ability to offer support to brighter hues. These tones set the stage for the latest crop of colorful scene stealers. Benjamin Moore notes that its 2019 Color of the Year, Metropoli- tan AF-690, is a modern gray that reacts well with light and colors. The increasing popularity of warmer neutrals, brown tones and terracotta shades are reflected in the 2019 Color of the Year from Sherwin-Williams – Cavern Clay. White kitchens are giving way to really pretty woods such as walnut and rift-cut oak, along with textured lami- nates, according to Gail Monica Dent, who designed this modern kitchen space. Photo: John Wilbanks, John G. Wilbanks Photography Photo: Courtesy of Benjamin Moore Photo: Courtesy of Sherwin-Williams December 2018 • KitchenBathDesign.com 39

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