'New' style trends from Martha Stewart
I've got an advance copy of the new cabinet literature for the new Martha Stewart cabinets from my friend at HD when I paid a visit to see what she was raving about. (They will be exclusive to them & are made by Masterbrand at what sounds too good to be true price point.)
What I'm noticing is that "everything old is new again".
Oak partial overlay cabinets--with shiny BRASS hardware! (Mount Desert Doorstyle) Eveyone who is about to paint your cabinets, hold on! The look is classic, yet updated with black appliances and lots and lots of glass. She even used plain tile floors with, *gasp* light colored grout! No ebony wood floors anywhere except the Mod looking Perry Street collection and that's covered with seagrass rugs to minimize it.
COLORS--for cabinets! Yes, they're mostly greyed down, tauped down versions of color, but there are buttery yellows, peaceful blues, oceaney greens, almost blacks, and lots and lots of various shades of grey. And, it isn't paint! It's a "new" thermofoil type construction that wraps each individual piece of a 5 piece door before assembly. It's supposed to bond better with the substrate too. But, the result is NOT "plasticy" or "fake" looking at all. It looks great! (Yes, in person too. I stopped by to see the new displays.)
White appliances are big features in her vignettes. It's that "beachy style" that she does so well with grey and blue tones, but she really isn't showing very much stainless.
4"x4" tile is everywhere---and in plain white. Yes, she shows some subways, but in most of her kitchens, it's just plain old cheap "bathroom" tile set in a regular square pattern. And maybe we've gotten so far away from it for so long that it looks "fresh" again.
Corian! Yes, it's not your mother's Corian, but it is the dreaded "solid plastic" countertops in a big, big way. The colors are all from the "Private Collection" with lots of directional movement similar to a granite or marble. I'm totally in love with the Sea Salt, SHoreline, and Acadia colors. The Warm Soapstone isn't bad either, but it's really the only dark color in her collection. No acres of black countertops in her white kitchens!
So, anyone getting ready to "update" your kitchen, you may want to hold on for a bit for "classic" to become more mainstream popular again.
I'd link to a website, but apparantly that's not up yet.
I'm off for my own little beach vacation, and I might even be inspired to make my own kitchen more "beachy" now. I just love her Rainwater color.