By Shana Jacobs, Creative Executive Director at MP Studio Design
In a world where we all have access to an overabundance of design inspiration, it can understandably be hard to hone in on what is important when designing your new home. The team at MP STUDIO Interiors design the model homes for KB Home in both Houston and Orlando. We have narrowed things down to 5 design trends and tips that will hopefully help you create your new dream home at the KB Design Studio!
Dark Cabinet Drama
We love dark cabinetry again, but not in espresso – in deep charcoal! For years, designers and home buyers have rebelled against a dark kitchen. We fell in love with white, cream and light grey cabinetry and the clean feel of a light kitchen. (To be clear we STILL LOVE a light and bright kitchen!)
However, now it seems we are ready to embrace the drama of darker elements in a kitchen again. The fresh take to this trend is the attraction to deep charcoal, rather than brown. At our firm, we love to pair this rich charcoal with countertops in a light granite or classic marble inspired solid surface. The lighter countertop keeps the kitchen feeling classic and bright, while the light/dark contrast adds depth and looks very well designed. Luckily, KB Home carries so many perfect countertop solutions.
Wood-look tile is our absolute favorite flooring. Whether we are designing a commercial project or a model home, we tend to choose a wood-look tile. It is far more durable than hardwood and laminate for high traffic areas or homes with children and pets, especially for spills and puddling. This isn’t always the least expensive selection, however, if you are looking into a wood product, you would be wise to consider tile. Our designer tip: ask your KB Home Studio designer to help you match the grout to the wood for a more authentic look.
Neutral is not boring! At MP STUDIO, we love color – especially blues. Literally any shade – teal, aqua, slate, denim, etc. will inevitably always end up in our designs. We also love to use color in permanent ways in the model homes we design, so we are not afraid to do a full blue arabesque backsplash. However, one look inside our own personal homes, and you would find we all have beautiful, but neutral permanent finishes. Changing out hard surfaces can be costly and you may not forever be in love with a citron subway tile, so save yourself the future heartache and try a more neutral approach. Trends come and go but investing in a classic and timeless design will benefit you in the long run.
Sorry in advance for the whiplash, but we in no way want to pull you away from color and the many benefits of being surrounded by your favorite hue. While we do recommend keeping the more permanent things in your new home neutral, we strongly encourage embracing an overall color direction for your paint, accessories, drapery, pillows, etc. Having a general idea of what colors, you are attracted to when pulling finishes for your new home at the KB Home Studio, can help in selecting your neutrals. For example, knowing you are drawn to a coastal feel, possibly with mint and sea glass, helps you to understand you may want to choose a lighter cabinetry color and steer away from a heavy reddish wood tone. Keeping these things in mind helps you with an overall more cohesive finished product.
For so long everyone loved tan paints and warm color schemes, but then gray made a huge impact on the design world and gray was everywhere so quickly. People often ask our designers if we feel that gray is on its way out and we are here to say NO! However, there are some interesting aspects of gray that may not be obvious to everyone. Gray tones don’t have to mean cold, sterile, bland, and masculine. When we say gray is here for good, we also mean that you should embrace the colors you love with a little gray in them. Think of beige walls of late… They are no longer as yellow as they once were. With paint colors like Accessible Beige by Sherwin Williams offered at the KB Home Studio, you can enjoy the warmth of a light tan, but because it has gray undertones, the color feels fresh and current. So, rest assured, you can achieve a warm and inviting home with the beauty of gray.