June 10th, 2013 No Comments

kitchens & baths: a neutral color palette and brass accents create a timeless style

Your kitchen and your bathrooms usually get the most return when renovating your home. It’s hard to know where to start when renovating your kitchen. But if you are planning to sell your home anytime in the near future you might want to consider a classic neutral color palette for your cabinets and countertops. Above, the kitchen has dark counters, while below the bath shows a neutral cream counter, showing you how both can be classic in style.  I mentioned before in our post “6 emerging kitchen trends” that brass was becoming more popular again for kitchen hardware. Now I don’t think brass is going to appeal to a mass market, but some useful accessories or lighting in the kitchen in brass or bronze can make your room feel warm and classic. This brass bar added to the cabinets above is a creative idea for hanging dish towels in the kitchen or hand towels in the bath. The tan/cream cabinets also lend to the warmth of this kitchen vs. bright white cabinets. Oil rubbed bronze hardware also goes well with a neutral palette vs. stainless steel hardware. These pulls that you see in the kitchen above and the bath below can be found through Rocky Mountain Hardware. I used similar pulls in my own kitchen which I showed you in April and was featured in House Beautiful. Purchasing a good quality stove with 6 burners and double ovens for your kitchen will be a good investment. It’s what a lot of buyers are looking for now. Gas stoves and electric ovens are the best for cooking and baking. Viking appliances is offering a Summer Savings Event now through June 30th, take advantage! For tiles one of my favorite go-to companies is Walker Zanger. As we do each Monday, the paint swatches featured above are Benjamin Moore paint colors. This week the paints are from their Color Stories line. Follow my Pinterest Boards for more inspiration or leave me your questions, I’d be happy to answer them for you.  -Lynn Butler Beling

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Rocky Mountain Hardware

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Walker Zanger Tile

Note: For Similar cabinets to the ones featured above in the kitchen go to/try Plain English.