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Friday, September 10, 2010


Color has always been extremely important to me.  I think it has it’s importance in everyone’s life, but for some, it is as important as eating food. maybe that is a slight exaggeration, but you get my point.  I fit in the latter group of people, (for in case you were wondering). 

Maria Killam is a color specialist who is of great inspiration to me.  Her color schemes are always right on, and she has this knack of knowing when a color is on it’s way in, or it’s way out. 
This morning she wrote about her clients needing to redo their kitchen.  They wanted to install brown cabinets.  She asked them two pertinent questions:

1.) Will you live her for the next 10 to 15 years?
2.) Did you love brown before it became a trendy color in the 2000’s?

If the answer is yes to both, than go ahead and install the brown cabinets.  This is great and true advice from Maria. 

Arcadia Kitchen Bath & Flooring

Why are these questions important?  Because trends last about 10 years. Right now, the brown trend is about 8 years in.  In two years the trend will be out the door, (or on its way out).  This means when he couple goes to sell their condo, the brown trend will already be over, and the kitchen will look about 10 years old and...outdated.

Upcoming kitchen trend is expected to be gray.

Kitchens are a BIG selling point for buyers.  An outdated kitchen is not something they want to cross off of their checklist of things they want in their new home, so be careful and think through your kitchen renovations well.

Many people don’t take the resale of their residences into account when decorating their homes, because design is something so personal.  But the truth is, if you don’t take the future sale of your home into account, you may regret it in the end. 

When designing I too ask these questions.  As a matter a fact, these two questions are always on the forefront of my mind.  Not as much from a designers perspective but rather from a Realtor's perspective.  I was once the VP of a real estate firm, and I’ve seen the disappointment in clients eyes when they realize their home is not selling because of their outdated kitchen.  

Milton Homes

A good way to step away from this disappointment in the future, is by consulting with a designer PRIOR to renovating or designing any part of your home.  Remember designers are not only there to design your entire home, but they can do selected rooms or areas as well.  Some are called in for something as simple as a color consultation, or other sorts of consultations.  And some, (such as myself), can even help you design an entire room with the most minimal of cost.  Don’t think design is always a super expensive process.  It can be what you want it to be. 

Style by Design Interiors

If you are interested in a color consultation and you are in Vancouver, Canada, I highly recommend you contact Maria Killam, the color expert, to get your design rolling. 

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