Kitchen & Bath Design News

APR 2016

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MISSI DAVIS, CKD, PRESIDENT BAILIWICK, INC. • NAPLES, FL TOP DESIGN TRENDS High-gloss, exotic veneers  — "We've been seeing more high- gloss fnishes…not necessarily solids, but exotic veneers. My clients are looking for a cleaner, pared down, minimalistic look that can be accomplished with a really pretty veneer, whether it's eucalyptus, larch or even rift-cut oak with a charcoal stain. Paldao is beautiful, too, with soft gray tones. People have seemed to pick up on gray…it's the new neutral. We're also seeing dark veneers with light foors and light countertops." Freestanding tubs  — "We're seeing freestanding tubs with really cool textured surfaces behind them, such as textured tile or stone, or a partition with frosted glass between the tub and shower that serves as a focal point. There's a certain luxury that is associated with having a beautiful sculptural tub in the middle of a room that is highlighted with a really interesting backdrop." Champagne fnishes  — "We're going into soft champagne colors that aren't brass per se, but rather a pale gold hue. They look pretty with grays and creams and give a real elegant look." REGIONALLY DEFINING TREND High sophistication  — "We have a very high level of sophisti- cation here. These homes are typically vacation homes, or sec- ond, third or even fourth homes. People are willing to spend more money in what isn't their primary residence." DESIGN INFLUENCES Houzz  — "People look to Houzz to get ideas…to see what real people, as well as professionals, are doing. Then they come to us with photos they love." JIM DASE, CMKBD; INNOVATIVE LIVING ENVIRONMENTS • SHEBOYGAN, WI TOP DESIGN TRENDS Transitioning away from oak  — "Historically, oak has been a huge driving force here. The woodwork, foor and furniture are all oak, but people now don't want an oak kitchen. We're beginning to see them transition to white, which works great with oak. It's classic, but updates the space and gives interest by bringing in a diferent character. REGIONALLY DEFINING TREND Gray  — "Gray represents the conservatism in this area and my clients want it on their cabinets – with Shaker-style doors – as well as their walls. While I'm concerned a bit about its longevi- ty – it is a recession color that has come and gone before – gray is a common color here historically, so it may be a bit more timeless because of the more traditional architecture." DESIGN INFLUENCES Changing demographics/infux of suppliers  — "This area is a huge technology/biotechnology area and has become a melt- ing pot of people moving in from other metropolitan cities, especially young people. They are adept at using Pinterest and the Internet, and they are watching the home shows. While we have been behind, design-wise, it is exploding now. Combined with suppliers moving into the area, that lag in design style is defnitely shortening." Leslie Cohen designed this award-winning Southern California kitch- en after she moved to North Carolina. However, she has found clients in her new home state love the clean-line traditional look of the space, especially the white cabinets, marble-look quartz countertops and mixture of diferent materials. Many of Missi Davis' clients are willing to spend money in what isn't their primary residence, including these Bostonians who have a second home in an upscale golfng community in Naples. Photo: R.L. Caron Photo: Ed Gohlich, Ed Gohlich Photography 36 Kitchen & Bath Design News • April 2016 REGIONAL DESIGN TRENDS

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