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TRENDS from the 2011

Design Competition

1. Commitment to Color Jennifer Gilmer, CKD Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, Ltd, Chevy Chase, MD

Bob Narod, Photographer, LLC

Clients and designers alike are making strong commitments to color. With pairings and accents in vivid colorations, clients are saying, “yes” to prominent colors. These particular clients of Maryland-based designer, Jennifer Gilmer, CKD, were drawn to exotic wood veneers in darker tones. To balance the dark feel of the Macassar Ebony cabinetry, Gilmer specified some to be in white laminate and added a white island wrapped in Macassar Ebony with black granite counter surface. The relationship with color is introduced into the room through a backsplash of back painted glass in a respectable carrot orange. Although prominent and noticeable, the orange selected represents a color that is smooth and fresh, and also refined enough to pair with the contemporary exotic wood cabinetry. “The orange does compliment the Macassar well, since there is orange in the striping of the wood. When we put all of the samples together, we knew that it was just right,” Gilmer confirmed, regarding the collaboration of color. This is a sleek kitchen deserving of a color that makes a statement without overbearing. The tangerine, mango, carrot family of colors is being incorporated into the palette of stylishly appropriated residential spaces across the country.

2. Tactile Appeal through Textures Aimee Nemeckay Susan Fredman Design Group, Chicago, IL

Nick Novelli, Novelli Photodesign



The use of actual and implied texture allows a tactile and visual feast. Lines, colors or patterns can act as either a point of interest in a given space or a mellow background to a more prominent component. There are two areas in this suburban reprieve, where the artistic textured touch is obvious. An oversized glass mosaic tiled rug is inset into the limestone floor, creating the effect of an actual textured and patterned area rug. Custom-made glass keystone tiles bring a shimmering quilted effect, which can also be seen in current fashion trends, to the wall of the shower. This adds a softly tactile appeal to a two person shower that can be controlled from auxiliary panels near the clients’ respective sinks. According to Chicago designer, Aimee Nemeckay, the busy homeowners wanted to create and enjoy a luxurious and relaxing haven. Ambient lighting highlights the unique color of the cabinetry along with the touch-friendly surfaces of their private spa.

NKBA Magazine Spring 2011  

The KBIS Issue, NKBA Design Competition Winners Revealed

NKBA Magazine Spring 2011  

The KBIS Issue, NKBA Design Competition Winners Revealed