Wendy has been in the design business for over 20 years. She is also a graduate of the Interior Design program at Algonquin College. She has experience in many aspects of design including flooring and commercial millwork, and brings a wealth of knowledge to her custom home and renovation clients.
Don't Let Winter Give You The 'Blues'
The hottest trend in kitchen design for 2018 is BLUE. We are seeing a huge increase in clients wanting to incorporate blue into their kitchen and not just as tea towel accents.
The swing to put blues back into the colour palette has been coming for a while. For the past few years, neutrals have dominated the colours of our homes. Since 2010 we have seen an increase in grey as the neutral colour, where the decade before, the neutral colour was brown. Both colours worked well with whites and off-white, but still lacked the punch of colour that has been surfacing in recent months.
If blue is one of your favourite colours and you have been waiting for it to make its comeback, now is the time. Midnight blue and navy are on the rise as the newest neutrals. We are seeing other variations such as powder blues, French blue, even teals and other blue-green hues.
As kitchen designers we often advise people that when you’re purchasing a new kitchen, it's a 20+ year commitment. Picking the right blue can be difficult, as there are thousands of colours to chose from. My advice is to use it wisely. Make sure the blue you select is one you can live with for years and will not date itself too quickly. Indigo, navy and grey-based dark blues are best if you want to err on the side of caution. They act as a neutral as well as give your kitchen or bathroom a pop of colour.
An island in navy with the remainder of the kitchen in light grey or a white tone will give you the accent of colour you want, without the commitment of all your cabinetry in the current trending colour. Doing only your wall cabinets in the trend colour while the remainder are a neutral co-ordinating colour can also be a nice look, especially if you have neutral walls and floors. Decorative accents in metal or wood will contrast the opaque colours of the blue and incorporate another texture and dimension into the overall design.
While soft colours will be calming, darker bolder colours will make a statement. A mix of colour, texture and materials is always a good idea. It gives the eye some variety. Blues, whites, greys, stained wood and metals all mixed together can create a warm, welcoming space.
Pair your blue with another popular trend in cabinets – brass hardware. The combination of the blue with the burnt orange of the brass will look fantastic and your new kitchen will be the talk of the neighbourhood.