It is a new year and time for some fresh, new beginnings. Did you know that the old rules no longer apply when it comes to style for your home’s interior spaces? It used to be that everything had to match. Today, it is all about the mix; all about finding things that you love and expressing your own personality in your home. If you are not sure how to start, we have included some helpful guidelines below.
2014 is here and we are ramping up for a busy spring/summer right now. We certainly want to thank everyone we were blessed to work with throughout 2013. We have some great projects going on right now and some fantastic people working on them. We are looking to grow our team this year and we are currently looking for a project manager – someone that you would want working in your home and being around your family. We have some great things going on with our team this year.
Several months ago we hired a new carpenter who has been working out very well for us. His name is Josh Knapp. Josh started by assisting the Project Managers as needed and now is our Warranty Manager, as well as running a few smaller jobs. Josh has great experience in home building. When he and his wife lived in Washington he worked for a builder of high-end custom homes. They would do everything from concrete to framing to detailed trim work. Josh has been a wonderful addition to the team.
On the other end of the spectrum we have Raymond Oberhaus who will be celebrating his 25th anniversary here at KH&R. For those of you who know Raymond you know that he is a master at his craft. His focus and attention to detail is noticed by everyone he meets. We have had clients who have wanted to adopt Raymond, as well as those who have requested him by name for future projects. Raymond has been an amazing blessing to this company over the past two and a half decades. Congratulations Raymond on 25 years!
Style for today’s residential interiors is all about contrasts and mixing it up, instead of matching everything perfectly. Old is mixed with new, modern with primitive, industrial with rustic, rough with smooth, round with square, soft with hard, blocky with leggy. The old adage about “opposites attract” is more obvious than ever.
As a helpful guideline when you remodel, first review the following basic style categories. Choose your favorite style as a backdrop for the spaces in your home, and then spice things up with some contrasts that express your own personal style. Pay careful attention to detail, giving consideration to how the colors, shapes, and patterns interplay with one another.
Traditional is refined and elegant, associated primarily with furniture from the 17th-18th centuries in England, and often referred to as “classical.” It usually incorporates both curved and straight lines, intricate details, inlays, and decorative trim in symmetrical and balanced proportions. Dark stained cherry wood is often used for Traditional kitchen cabinetry, but the cabinets may also be painted.
Contemporary has its roots in 20th Century Europe and the Modern architectural movement. This movement sought to meld form and function, utilizing straight lines and simplified shapes. Evolving from the Modern style, Contemporary includes curved edges and spherical forms. A blend of natural materials, including soft leather and sleek metal, glass and stone, lends the Contemporary style a subtle elegance.
Transitional is a seamless blend of Traditional and Contemporary styles, combining straight lines along with gentle curves. It takes a fresh approach, mixing furniture pieces, finishes, materials and fabrics from both styles. A soothing, neutral color palette and soft shapes helps create a comfortable balance. Adding gold, silver and mirror finishes brings elegance to the room.
Shaker originated with a religious sect known as the “Shakers” that arrived in America from England in the 18th century. Their unadorned, spare furniture designs reflected their beliefs in efficiency, usefulness, and honesty. Cabinet doors were either stile-and-rail recessed panels with a plain inset, or flat panel. Shakers primarily used maple and cherry, with items either painted, waxed or oiled.
Arts and Crafts was a movement in late 19th Century Victorian England that reacted against the mass-production of home furnishings. The style emphasized the beauty of natural materials and featured artisan-made accessories of ceramics, textiles, metal and glass. In America, Gustav Stickley designed oak furniture that was often called craftsman or mission style. His furniture was solid and rectilinear, with minimal decoration and flat panels.
Cottage is a sub-category of Country style. Typically it carries a timeless old barn or farmhouse vibe, with exposed wood beams and wood floors. Distressed wood and heavy copper or iron are frequently used. Worn country antiques may be used as décor, along with natural materials from the outside that add texture. The color palette is warm and soft, with light-colored cabinetry. The look is lived-in and cozy.
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