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About Kris Jarrett, Guest Blogger

I'm Kris, a design lover with a passion for room makeovers, DIY projects, stylish buys, and finding the perfect shade of paint. Decorate along with me as I share simple tips and ideas for adding affordable style and timeless design to your home.
07.08.16

Huetrals: The New Neutrals in Design

We’d like to welcome our guest blogger, Kris Jarrett, who shares simple tips and ideas for decorating homes with style and timeless design on her blog Driven by Decor. We’re thrilled to have her share her passion for the beautiful new tiles from Walker Zanger’s Studio Moderne: Century Suite collection and how she envisions them being used in today’s kitchen and bath designs.  

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I love the warm, welcoming feeling of a home decorated in layered neutrals and am excited about kicking my neutral decorating up a notch by using “huetrals,” a term coined by interior designer Michael Berman to describe his color palette of neutral hues as seen in Walker Zanger’s gorgeous new Studio Moderne: Century Suite collection. The tiles from this new collection were created in collaboration with Berman, in which one of his goals was to “create original and fresh shapes with gorgeous ‘huetrals’ that are inspired by iconic California architecture.” And let me tell you, they’re anything but boring! These tiles have beautiful graphic patterns and dimension while still maintaining a classic simplicity that will keep them in style for the long run:

 

Walker Zanger Century Suite Highland Tile

 

Walker Zanger Century Suite Collection Tile

 

The options for integrating Studio Moderne: Century Suite tile into kitchen and bath designs are endless since their huetral palette allows you to freely mix and match with endless finishes and colors. You can even choose to use some of the patterns in tandem, like the “Ambassador” and “Diplomat” tiles, or separately depending upon how bold of an architectural backdrop you wish to create. I’d love to see “Diplomat” as a kitchen backsplash paired with Walker Zanger’s gorgeous Calacata Borghini countertops, a sexy undermount sink and faucet, and a mix of metal and wood finishes:

 

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“Rambler” reimagines one of Studio Moderne’s most popular designs “Fretwork” in a smaller scale that works as beautifully in bathrooms as it does as a kitchen backsplash. The sterling hue is amazing!! It would look stunning in a bathroom paired with light gray walls, a warm wood vanity, and contemporary stainless faucets and shower hardware:

 

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Another tile favorite of mine is “Montclair” with interlocking, elongated hexagons that were inspired by mid-century Neo-Egyptian styling. I see it as a show-stopping feature in a spa-like bathroom designed with watery hues, clean-lined hardware & fixtures, and a crisp white freestanding tub:

 

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What do you think? You can check out the other beautiful tiles in Walker Zanger’s Studio Moderne: Century Suite collection {here} and find out more about the latest in kitchen and bath design trends {here}. Thanks so much for having me Walker Zanger!

 

02.26.16

2016 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends

We would like to welcome our guest blogger, Kris Jarrett, who shares simple tips and ideas for decorating homes with style and timeless design on her blog Driven by Decor. Last month, she joined us in Las Vegas for the 2016 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) as our guest Instagramer, sharing the latest trends in kitchen and bath design she spotted while walking the show floor. We’re excited to have her share some of her favorite new kitchen and bath products from the show along with some of the newest trend-making tile collections from Walker Zanger.— Jared Becker, Walker Zanger Vice President of Design and Marketing.

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Hi everyone! There was inspiration abound at KBIS and I’m excited to share six new kitchen and bath design trends that I spotted at the show. Whether you’re planning a kitchen or bath remodel, or just love to check out the latest and greatest in design, I hope you enjoy seeing the direction that kitchen and bath design is taking in 2016!

 

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Metal Accents

Metal accents are being incorporated into kitchen and bath designs in new and exciting ways. A favorite of mine from KBIS is the unique silver metal outline highlighting the drawer fronts of this black cabinetry by La Cornue—the contrast of the two materials is stunning!

 

 

La Cornue Range and cabinetry in black wood and mixed metals

And aren’t the metallic accents on these kitchen vent hoods by Vent-A-Hood fabulous?

On trend kitchen vent hoods with metal accents

The same trend is seen in Walker Zanger’s glamorous new additions to the Tilt collection where the Clover Mosaic combines white gloss with gold and silver accents in Tilt’s Ottoman Mosaic:

Tilt collage

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Bold Appliance Colors

The trend in kitchen appliances is to go bold! From bright red and orange Smeg refrigerators to cobalt blue ranges and mint green microwaves, homeowners are going to be venturing outside of their stainless steel comfort zone in 2016!

Colorful smeg appliances


 

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Classic Favorites Reinvented with Modern Twists

While kitchen and bath design are trending towards being more modern, classic designs that we’ve loved for years are still going strong after being reinvented with new, modern twists. At KBIS, I fell in love Blanco‘s sexy, modern, granite update to the classic farmhouse sink:

A classic farmhouse sink with a more modern twist!

And Walker Zanger’s new sequel to the Studio Moderne collection reinvents this classic line with a decidedly modern flavor. One of my favorites from the new collection is the large, bold, white Highland design in the color Plaster, which was inspired by the architecture of the Hollywood Bowl (located on Highland Avenue) and designed by the fabulous Michael Berman:

Stunning! Walker Zanger's new Highland tile from their Studio Moderne collection

I also love the Twill tile in the Angle Hex design from their new Knit collection. It has a classic hexagonal shape, but the addition of both texture and dimension give it a decidedly more modern feel:

Walker Zanger's Twill tile from their Knit collection - fabulous texture and dimension!

 

 

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Tropical Prints

The trend toward using tropical prints in living rooms and bedrooms that started in 2015 is now making its way into kitchens and baths. This bold tropical print wallpaper sets the stage for a eye-catching bathroom designed by the folks at Kohler:

Tropical prints - one of the current trends in 2016 home design!


 

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Clean Lines & Simple Shapes

Faucets with intricately curved handles, vanities with fancy decorative molding, and other ornate details in kitchens and baths have been replaced with clean lines and simple shapes as seen in this Kohler faucet that was a KBIS favorite:

Simple faucets with clean lines are the current trend in bath design

The same trend toward simple shapes is seen in several of Walker Zanger’s new tile lines, including this KBIS-sneak-peek Pantheon collection designed with concentric circles and squares:

Pantheon tile from Walker Zanger - love the concentric geometric shapes!


 

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Solutions for Smaller Spaces

The trend towards mega mansions and bigger-is-better has done a 180 with many homeowners downsizing and finding joy in the simplicity of smaller homes. In response, there’s a trend towards innovative space-saving designs in kitchens and baths. One of my favorites from KBIS is this brilliant upper kitchen cabinet design—by eliminating the wood strip down the center that you have with traditional cabinet doors, every inch of your shelving space is now easily accessible:

Brilliant solution for making upper cabinets more accessible!

And for those small spaces where only a pedestal sink will work, this innovative Balletto vanity by Robern has the most genius hidden side storage that maximizes convenience when space is at a minimum:

Pedestal vanity with genius side storage!

One of Walker Zanger’s most popular Studio Moderne designs is Fretwork, and for 2016 they’ve reinvented it in a smaller scale design called Rambler that will work beautifully in today’s smaller spaces:

Walker Zanger's Rambler tile from the Studio Moderne collection

 

That wraps up my guest post on 2016 kitchen and bath design trends—thanks for having me, Walker Zanger! If you’d like to see more of what’s new in kitchen and bath design, simply hop on over to Driven by Decor where I’m sharing seven more inspiring trends. The trend to incorporate textural elements in unique ways is probably my favorite—I’d love to hear about which one is yours!

All photo images and text are the property of Walker Zanger. Please do not use for commercial purposes without permission. You are welcome to repost. copyright 2014.

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