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Pantone Fall 2014 Color Trend: Aluminum

We all know gray is the new go-to neutral in interior design.  I have posted several times on gray being used in our homes (if you missed any see them here & here).  And it’s no surprise that there is a gray in the Pantone Fall 2014 Color Trend, Aluminum.

Donna's Blog: Pantone Fall 2014 Color Trend Aluminum | Trina Turk

Trina Turk for Pantone


Aluminum is on the cooler side of the gray family, but a beautiful color perfect for interiors.  Pantone describes aluminum as a “futuristic shade stainless steel shade that serves as a complex neutral”.  It is a shade of gray that does remind me of stainless steel when that point is made, but I think this particular shade of gray can be a go-to gray in any home.

Donna's Blog: Pantone Fall 2014 Color Trend Aluminum | Darcy Bonner | Traditional Home

designer Darcy Bonner, Traditional Home, photographer Werner Straube


What makes this shade work for your home’s interiors is that it is a complex color.  There is a richness to this cooler shade of gray that will add depth to any space.  I completely agree with Pantone that this color is complex.  When you first look at aluminum you see the cooler tones in the hue, but if you take the time to truly look at the color, you can see that there depth to it due to its darker shade.

Donna's Blog: Pantone Fall 2014 Color Trend Aluminum | Darcy Bonner | Traditional Home

designer Darcy Bonner, Traditional Home, photographer Werner Straube


Donna's Blog: Pantone Fall 2014 Color Trend Aluminum | Cathy Kincaid | House Beautiful

Designer Cathy Kincaid, House Beautiful, photographer Reed Davis



Donna's Blog: Pantone Fall 2014 Color Trend Aluminum | Betsy Brown | House Beautiful

designer Betsy Brown, House Beautiful, photographer William Abranowiicz


Donna's Blog: Pantone Fall 2014 Color Trend Aluminum | Christos Prevezano | House Beautiful

designer Christos Prevezanos, House Beautiful, photographer John Coolidge



It’s All About the Details: Cabinet Door Styles Part 2

Yesterday I touched on the cabinet frame construction and door overlay styles; if you missed it click here.    Today I’m finishing up my two part series on ‘It’s All About the Details: Cabinet Door Styles‘ focusing on the actual selection of the cabinet door and drawer fronts.  This is a very important decision as this is what defines your cabinets.


Depending on the overall design style of your cabinets will determine what door/drawer style you select–modern contemporary to traditional or somewhere in between.  So, where to begin?  First I would tell my clients to pull pictures of what they like and show them to me, whether you actually tear photos out of a magazine or create boards on Pinterest or save ideabooks on Houzz.  This gives me an idea of what my client likes.  Once we’ve determined the kitchen’s overall design and style and selected all materials and finishes, we start selecting the actual door styles.  There are so many options to choose from–the door style & the trim pieces that fit on the door.


But before we look at the trim selections available, lets look at the three different types of door panels: Raised Panel, Flat Panel, & Solid.  Raised & Flat panel doors both come in many different styles.  Below shows some of the options available–straight, arched, half arch, etc.

Raised Panel: Raised panel doors/drawers are more traditional in style.


Flat Panel:


Solid (no panel): This door is described in its name, there is not a panel at all.  It is simply a solid, flat door. We see these in more contemporary modern spaces.


After selecting the cabinet door panel selection for the bulk of your cabinets, there is another detail selection to make.  There are many trim molding pieces to select from that can be/will be applied onto the door by the edge of the panel itself (flat or raised) and the edge of the actual door.


Donna's Blog: cabinet door styles | Evans Doors

Evans Doors


I often like to break the upper cabinets up with some glass cabinet doors; it tends to make the space feel larger and adds another dimensional element in the space.  The options here are endless, there are many glass textures to select from–seeded glass, antique glass, Flemish, etc.  A combination of wood and glass patterns are available as well as leaded glass cabinet fronts.



Another material option instead of glass would be metal wire or wood mesh.  There are varying patterns and sizes of patterns available.  And of course we cannot forget about mirror panels inset into the door frame.







It’s All About the Details: Cabinet Door Styles Part 1

It’s been a while since I’ve posted my It’s all About the Details series.  I’ve posted several times on different cabinet designs, but I thought I’d share with you a decision that you have to make when selecting your cabinet designs, cabinet door styles.


Many homeowners do not realize all the details that need to be considered and selected.  One of those are the actual cabinet door/drawer style selection.  There are two types of cabinet construction: frameless box construction & framed box construction.


Frameless Box Construction (also known as European frame) is made without any front panel so that the actual cabinet door/drawers completely cover the frame (the edges of the doors & drawers touch).  This style allows you to use most of the interior cabinet space (more storage!) while offering a more transitional clean line.  Frameless box construction uses only Full Overlay door construction.


Framed Box Construction includes a “face frame” that is visible, otherwise known as the rails and stiles between the actual doors and drawers.  This is the most traditional cabinets are made, and can use any type of door overlay.


Not only do you need to know the different types of cabinet construction, but also the types of door/drawer overlays.  The three types of door overlay are: Standard, Full, and Inset.

Standard Overlay (Partial Overlay): Doors/drawers will only cover part of the cabinet front, so you will see rails & stiles between the doors/drawers.  This type of overlay is always used with framed construction.  This is the most economical overlay style.



Full Overlay: Doors/drawers cover most of the cabinet front leaving a small gap between them (they appear to be touching).  This style is increasing in popularity and can be used for both types of construction.



Inset: Doors/drawers fronts actually sit into the frame and are flush with the front of the cabinet frame.  Inset cabinets are made exclusively with framed construction, and you will loose some storage space since the door/drawer front is flush with the box frame.  This style was used historically in the early 20th century and we still see this style used in the New England.



Tomorrow I will continue our cabinet door style post with the actual door style selections.  I hope you enjoyed this little bit of information on how cabinet construction and door/drawer construction are made.  Be sure to stop by tomorrow to see more cabinet door styles!