Bold, Neutral, And Everything In Between: Kohler’s Got The Best In Kitchen Color Trends
September 25, 2012
We wrote last month how the luxury high-tech bathroom was the latest venue for extreme home makeovers. But let’s not discount the kitchen! After all, it’s the social center of the home, where most of your family and guests will spend most of their time. It’s the kitchen that makes the most lasting impression, so you had better make sure it stuns. Kitchen trends are on the rise, and naturally, Kohler is there with the best the industry has to offer. Their new line of kitchen fixtures focuses on how color can transform a space with bold features and stylish, imaginative touches that will make your kitchen pop (or hum). Continue.Neutral
No architect ever met a neutral color they didn’t like. It takes a trained eye–or at least, they like to think it does–to work with neutrals and call out the subtle difference between them. You have to know how to handle neutrals, but if you get it right, the results can be exquisite. Kohler’s “Dune” color is a new entry into their neutrals collection and possess a “cooling” hue that lends a soothing quality to any space. It’s an off-white with depth–did you hear that, architects? Music to your ears.
The recent launch of the Jonathan Adler Collection has sent the design community in a frenzy. Adler’s polychromatic sinks are both classic and contemporary at once and follow in the lineage of the sumptuous pastel washes and simple modern aesthetic of the 60s “The Bold Look of Kohler” campaign, which proved a major source of inspiration for the designer. The Adler collection energizes the kitchen with a shock of “electric” colors, such as “Annapolis Navy”, “Piccadilly Yellow”, and “Greenwich Green” that promise to “make you happy to do the dishes”. We know we’d be.
Designers have always found inspiration in nature, drawing from its organic forms, compositions, and, of course, colors. These gritty, deep shades are a far cry from the abstract whites and neutrals that are the mainstay of contemporary design. Still, Kohler’s “earth tone” colors pair extraordinarily well with these whites, providing an intriguing, warm counterpoint to their blankness. Mix a “Caviar” or “Suede” color sink with your all-white cabinetry to add a bit of drama to the proceedings, because who doesn’t enjoy a little drama with their dinner?
Still, the success of a kitchen’s design does not always rest on color alone. Another important factor to remember: texture. It’s the surface or the “visual texture” that animates and enriches clean modern design. Kohler’s new “Ember” and “Sea Salt” models incorporate a special enameling process on the company’s signature cast iron designs, adding variable textural flourishes that prickle with small shadows and pins of light. These can be applied in nearly all environments to add a material mix to any room.
There’s nothing like the sheen and visual spark of a stainless steel to wake you out of your aesthetic slumber. That’s exactly what Kohler’s new “Vault” apron-front sink does. Easily installed and dimensioned to fit over most cabinetry and countertops, the Vault is a highly practical solution to re-doing your kitchen when you don’t have the time or means to do so. The sharp edges and purist volume ensure a distinct modern appearance that’s at home in any context. Use it to complete your clean, stark kitchen or to call out the whimsical juxtaposition of modern and more traditional fixtures. Just try to resist it.
Despite plenty of arguments to the contrary, patterns never go out of style. Kitchen design, unfortunately, rarely reflects this principle, and apart from a colorful back splash, it generally affords little room for patterns, charming though they are. The Kohler “Evenweave” and “Cursive” are ready-made solutions to that problem. The sinks are emblazoned with notched and woven patterns inspired from those found in leather wares and knitted clothing. A sink like this will spark plenty of conversation.