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Trends From the Nest

“Two-Tone Kitchens” take center stage in 2020.

As one of the most talked-about trends in 2020, two-toned kitchen cabinets are a great way to add style to your kitchen.  And while all-white kitchens are not going away – this color-rich trend is a perfect way to make your space unique and personalized.  Two-tone cabinets work better for larger spaces but you can add a splash of color to a small kitchen by using colorful appliances to create that dual-tone feel.

When determining what colors to select, I recommend contrasting colors for a dramatic feel, such as blue and white or black and white.  A more subtle look can be created using more neutral combinations such a creamy white and dove grey or natural woods.  If you are looking for a more vintage feel – incorporate colors such as mint greens, light blues, and shades of yellow.

The best way to decide what is right for you is to create a color board with all the colors in your kitchen including walls, floors, back-splash, counters, lighting, and appliances.

Here are some inspirations to help you create your dream kitchen.

What are your kitchen ideas and inspirations?

Images courtesy of Domino, Houzz, Medallion Cabinetry, Benjamin Moore, HGTV, and Architectural Digest.

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My Favorite Spark

Decorative Tile

Ever since I returned from my trip to Portugal, I have been obsessed with decorative tile.  There are so many amazing options that range in budget – prices run from $3 to $10 per square foot.  They can be used in a big way – like an entire floor or for smaller areas like a back-splash or a portion of a back-splash to make a statement.  They can also be used to highlight a single wall or create a small floor pattern.  If you live in a humid area, then tile is a great mildew resistent option, which is another reason that it is  perfect for high moisture areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.

Below are centuries old tiles that I photographed during my trip to Portugal:


For inspiration, here are some samples of decorative tile patterns from


From left to right:

Geometric: Cordoba, Jacinto, Sevilla

Traditional: Saigon, Churchill, Toledo

Modern: Orbital, Nova, Volta


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Trends from the Nest

Colorful Kitchens

2018 color trends are bold and beautiful and can be found in furnishings, paint colors, wallpapers and much more.  The all white kitchen that was so popular a few years ago is getting a makeover and that makeover brings lots of color.   Greens and blues are a popular color palette, but if you taste tends run more neutral then there are lots of grey and sage green options as well. Here are a few color ideas for your next kitchen design project:


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Interior Design 101

Let’s Start at the Beginning

Getting started on an interior design project can be overwhelming and even more so if you are new to it.  There are so many styles, colors and patterns that there is a good chance that you may love more than one.  The best way to start any project is with inspiration.   Utilize resources such as home décor magazines, websites, blogs and boutique stores with vignettes already imagined.  Depending on your preference, there are a couple different ways to capture your ideas:

  • Pinterest
  • Digital Folders
  • Physical Folders with clippings, photographs and print-outs

Once you feel that you have gathered enough inspiration, take a closer look to see what common themes begin to emerge.  In this common theme you most likely find your true style or combination of styles.  Narrow down the choices and create a mood board.

This is an example of an “inspirational” mood board that I put together for a kitchen that I am working on.  What I find helpful is to look at the colors, prints and styles all together to make sure they coordinate.  When something doesn’t fit it always stands out and gives you a chance to reconsider another choice before you are too far into the project. Have fun with this and share your creative process and inspiration mood boards.

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