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JUL 2014

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Consumer Buying Trends { Demographics & buying patterns for the home } July 2014 | 9 A CYGNUS BUSINESS MEDIA PUBLICATION SALES OFFICES EAST/SOUTHEAST Joanne Naylor 540 Lee Court Wyckoff, NJ 07481 Phone: 201/891-9170; Fax: 201/839-9161 E-mail: Vaughn Rockhold 3030 W. Salt Creek Lane Arlington Heights, IL 60005 Phone: 216/272-1008 E-mail: WEST/SOUTHWEST Kim Carroll 7355 19th Avenue NW Seattle, WA 98117 Phone: 206/781-0714; Fax: 206/473-0724 E-mail: MIDWEST Jim Philbin 3030 W. 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Salt Creek Lane, Suite 300 Arlington Heights, IL 60005 Eliot Sefrin, Publisher Emeritus E-mail: Mark Taussig, Group Publisher E-mail: REPRINT SERVICES For reprints and licensing please contact Nick Iademarco at Wright's Media 877-652-5295 ext. 102 or SUBSCRIPTIONS, BACK ISSUES 1233 Janesville Avenue Fort Atkinson, WI 53538 Tel: 920/563-1761; Fax: 920/563-1704 MAILING LIST RENTAL Elizabeth Jackson Tel: 847-492-1350 ext. 18 E-mail: Web site: ® Use of Color Among Key Trends Seen in 2014 Kitchens DES PLAINES, IL — Kitchens remain a top remodeling project among U.S. homeowners, with several design and product trends – including the use of vibrant, energetic colors – emerg- ing as keys to award-winning projects. That's the word from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, whose latest Member Profle Study revealed that 82% of the organization's members identify kitchens as their primary service ofering – and whose 2014 CotY (Contractor of the Year) Awards program spotlighted several key kitchen trends. "Consumers want practical, comfortable kitchens that are efcient to use and easy to live in," says NARI National Presi- dent Kevin Anundson. "Bigger isn't better, but homeowners still want a feeling of space, and open concept kitchens with islands are still a signifcant part of kitchen trends in 2014." According to the Des Plaines, IL-based NARI, when it comes to today's kitchens, "it's all about color and creating contrasts, from pairing classic with contemporary styles to infusing touch- es of color into the timeless combination of black and white." Since most appliances are basic black, white or stainless steel, bold bursts of color are appearing on other surfaces, NARI notes. Color is often used to highlight the base of island or peninsula cabinets, colored stone in the countertop, difer- ent blends of cabinetry wood and in the tiles of the backsplash. "Bright colors are very trendy, especially in contempo- rary kitchens," says George Edwards, NARI awards chairman, and chief operations ofcer of A&C Kitchens and Baths, in Chester, PA. "Color is a great way to create harmony, especially in open-concept kitchens that fow into other parts of living and dining room space." In many of this year's winning CotY kitchen designs, bolder colors such as blues, oranges, sunny yellows and avocado greens complement stainless steel and darker cabinet colors with neutral white fin- ishes, NARI notes. "What is making color trends diferent is fusing them together in fresh and inventive ways," the a s soc iat ion obser ve s. "Colors found in nature, such as relaxing silver blues, gray/greens and earthy browns, remain popular, but are now be- ing integrated with bursts of poppy, vibrant pink, daiquiri green or purple." Warm yellow and red shades continue to be popular in kitchens because of their comforting and subtle hues. Coppery browns and Aztec clay colors – such as henna, ginger and gold tones – are also popular choices, especially in backsplashes where homeowners are inspired to use a variety of colors to personalize their kitchens and create a distinct décor, the association adds. Among the other key trends impacting kitchen design, NARI says, are the following: • Mixing and layering fnishes and woods to create a cus- tom, furniture-like look in cabinetry is an emerging trend, along with built-in accent cabinets that act as a framework for the rest of the cabinetry. These cabinets, often designed tall and narrow with glass fronts, provide the look of a built-in china cabinet to showcase collectables. • The continuing trend of fewer upper cabinets in the kitchen creates more space for decorative task lighting, often on adjustable arms that gives the option to have the light di- rected where it is needed most. Other lighting trends include the use of decorative fxtures in black, iron and aged brass fnishes; using pendant lights over kitchen islands, and using dimmer-controlled under-cabinet lights to provide ambiance. • With the explosion in the wine market over the past few decades, wine storage is becoming more of a factor in kitchen design, NARI says. Dedicated "butler" areas for en- tertaining, sampling and sharing wine with guests are very popular, allowing the cook the opportunity to socialize during food preparation. Integrated wine coolers are being nestled into cabinetry along with wine racks to showcase a homeowner's collection. Top: Retro-inspired appliances and contrasting tiles in a checkerboard pattern help recreate the sense of time in this 2014 National CotY Award winning Kitchen $40,000 to $80,000 created by Jackson Design and Remodeling, in San Diego, CA. Above left: An island with vibrant blue cabinetry serves as the pivot point in this kitchen designed by DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen, in St. Louis Park, MN, which won a 2014 North Central regional CotY Award for $40,000 to $$80,000. Above right: The blue macayuba quartz slab atop the large kitchen island is the focal design point in this 2014 South Central regional CotY award winning kitchen over $120,000 by CB Construction Company, in Dallas, TX. Photos: Courtesy NARI KBD_8-9_BarCBT.indd 9 6/16/14 1:39 PM

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