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Kitchen Cabinet Colors

Most kitchen cabinet colors tend to be subdued,  with white cabinetry being the most specified hue in the country.  Many site resale value and the ability to change design scheme should one ever grow tired of their look.   However, there’s no rule that says playing it safe pays off since most people respond positively to color.

Southeast Kitchens

Think the opposite of white-graphite black cabinetry equals drama and as a neutral would integrate into most any color scheme.

Mevers Kitchen and Baths black kitchen cabinets
Mevers Kitchens

Gray is another under utilized cabinetry color and would easily allow for a decor revamp

Hostetler Custom Cabinetry

A soft seafoam green feels cool and inviting

Classic Kitchens of Charleston

Ruby red cabinets are anything but boring in this tract home

Lennar Utah

Sleek cobalt blue cabinetry creates a dynamic focal point in this rustic loft

HWC Cabinets

Sunny yellow cabinetry creates a lively kitchen to cook and entertain in

Signature Kitchens and Bath yellow kitchen cabinets
Signature Kitchens and Baths

Traditional cabinetry lacquered a luscious orange is far from mundane

bd home design orange kitchen cabinets
BD Home Interiors

If applying color to all your cabinetry feels too daunting, try a contrast color on the island as we did in this Kiawah Island home.

Blue island kitchen cabinet J. Rhodes Interior Design

Mr. H says: Know your food, know your farmers, and know your kitchen-Enjoy!

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Pick Paint like a Pro

Painting a room a new color is a simple and inexpensive way to transform a space so follow these tips for picking the right color.  Without giving away too many trade secrets here are some simple tips to picking the right colors for your home.

Know the wheel:  The color wheel is an essential tool to use when developing color schemes.

The Color Wheeel

Color schemes fall into three categories: complementary, analogous, and neutral. Complementary schemes combine a primary and secondary color from opposite sides of the color wheel like blue and orange. Analogous colors are either warm such as reds, oranges, and yellows or cool with greens, blues, and violets. Neutrals are colors not included in a color wheel, such as browns, whites, and blacks.

Photo by Summer Thornton Design, Inc 

Coordinate paint colors with the rooms furnishings.  Highlight a favorite painting or rug by letting it inspire your color scheme. The trick is to choose a paint color that blends with the pieces instead of matching it exactly.

Photo by Tobi Fairley Interior Design

Never choose colors in the store…Bring samples home.  Cut apart sample strips so that you can look at the colors individually.

Paint chip samples

Large samples are a must!  Before you commit to an eggplant dining room, paint large samples around the room to get a feel for the color.

Photo by Rachel Reider Interiors

Mr. H says: The best color in the world is the one that looks good on you-Enjoy!

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2013 Interior Design Trends

Whats new for home design in 2013?  Check out these top design trends that can easily transcend into any décor.

Gloss and High Shine: Shiny surfaces prevail in the form of metallic finishes or lacquered walls

Photo by MMI Design 
Photo by Ann Lowengart Interiors 

Brighter color palettes: Yellow, green and pink feature into this year’s bolder color trend

Photo by H. Gary Frank Architects 
Photo by Kendall Wilkinson Design 

Detailed walls and ceilings: Say good bye to flat finishes and most especially white ceilings.  The natural textures of wood and concrete add layers to a room.

Photo J. Rhodes Interior Design
Photo by Rob Mills Architecture & Interiors 

Detailing can also come from wallpaper or other applied designs

Cole & Son
Phillip Jeffries Ltd.

Mr. H says: Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right-Enjoy!

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Caliente Colors

Isla Mujeras, the tiny Mexican island visible from Cancun, is a riot of activity and vibrant colors

Isla Mujeras, Mexico

16,000 people inhabit The Island of the Woman many in a most colorful way

White dwellings dominate the ocean front with bright pops of accent colors

Orange steps on Isla Mujeres

Yellow wall on Islan Mujeres

Color reigns in the most humble abode to the more deluxe penthouse models

Mint green walls Isla Mujeres

Penthouse on Isla Mujeres

Even the laundry is colorful

The sign says it all

Mr. H  says: Nunca es tarde cuando la dicha es buena (It´s never too late for joy)-Enjoy!