We’ve posted previously about the use of metal finishes in the kitchen, most recently about how metals can be the perfect choice for open shelving in multifamily buildings. But if you’re considering incorporating metal finishes into your kitchen décor – or even mixing metal finishes, which is perfectly acceptable these days – there are some design rules you should follow.  This article from the Daily Herald lays out some of those rules, such as avoiding the use of matching sets, limiting how many metal finishes you mix and dispersing the various metals throughout the room.  So, feel free to be creative in your home, by including metals in various finishes and types. Think of it as jewelry: When you wear a stainless steel and gold watch, you can wear silver or gold – or both. As long as you tie everything together, it works....

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Laurey W. Glenn

Recently we wrote a blog post on multifamily developers turning to black as a new neutral for kitchen cabinets, so we’re not surprised to see this versatile color ranking among the favorites trending for 2020. Whether it’s putting a fresh coat of paint on existing cabinetry as part of a renovation or designing new storage solutions for a ground-up multifamily development, we’re all for experimenting with different shades that make a statement without being too trendy. See which other paint colors made the cut in this article from Southern Living....

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As cabinetry providers, we’re constantly in search of kitchen design solutions that add value — both aesthetically and financially — to the multifamily projects we manage. Sometimes, going up is the best way to bring costs down without compromising style. One trend that has (literally) been on the rise in recent years is increasing the height of the backsplash to 24-inches, a small but notable increase from the standard 18-inch backsplash found in many kitchens. Multifamily developers in particular have gravitated to the style not only because of its visual appeal, but also the added functionality and cost efficiency, the latter of which has become a selling point amid rising construction costs. Visual Appeal Openness in apartments, especially those with smaller floor plans, is critical. Any trick that can make an apartment feel larger is always welcomed, and elevated cabinets do just that by giving the illusion of more space in even the tiniest of micro-units. A taller backsplash also provides the opportunity to incorporate eye-catching designs into the backsplash itself. There are a variety of tiles and treatments that, when used tastefully, can infuse personality into each unit. Functionality A taller backsplash adds more than aesthetic value to a kitchen: it also increases functionality. While...

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