Different doesn’t have to mean dangerous.
You can classify looks like the orange and green of the 70’s or the hunter green of the 90’s, as a fad that becomes old and unworkable when tastes shift and the inevitable next trend appears. In the last few years, the fashionable colors have been neutrals, but the word “trend” just doesn’t fit them. Beige, gray or taupe may be the predominant color in a room, but they can also serve as a foundation for any color – and it’s a foundation with staying power.
The range of colors in Merillat’s Masterpiece line stretches from a placid Dove White up through a dramatic Onyx and includes Merillat’s vibrant Cardinal, a red painted finish that’s a great color for an island or a butler’s pantry. Now included with Dove White, Biscotti and Canvas are more interesting choices like Mushroom, Pebble Grey, Sage, Greyloft and Midnight. These neutrals can give your kitchen a soft, traditional look or push the style towards something more contemporary.
When you select a cabinet finish for your new kitchen, you want it to be a hue that will express your taste and be able to complement the colors you want in your life. “Many times, clients want something different, just not too different. Balancing these two requirements can be difficult and often they’ll back away from a color that inspires them, taking refuge in a ‘safe’ choice” says Leigh Southard, designer at Carolina Kitchen & Bath. “Because Merillat’s range of soft neutrals can host a wide selection of colors, clients can find one that will look great in their kitchen.”
Neutrals help you see the possibilities.
This starts in the showroom. As clients take in all the options, their minds open up, contemplating choices they had never considered. Instead of Dove White or Cotton, they’ll pick creamy Biscotti or more contemporary Shale. A cherry stain may be on their mind, but the Merillat Masterpiece Onyx finish sparks something in their imagination. Or maybe the idea of using a Honey Spice stain and a Mocha highlight just got better by using Greyloft with a Vintage finish for the island. Now color and personality share the room, standing side by side.
Neutrals can take you from safe to stupendous.
They let you change things up by giving you inspiration to try something daring. White cabinets may be your choice, until you see the Merillat Classic’s Chiffon or Shale finish; both let you establish a neutral color foundation for bold décor itemsso you can pick from a wide range of accent colors. You’ll also be picking a finish color that’s not in every home on the block. “Neutrals can be strong enough to be a focus color but reserved enough to be an anchor for bolder colors,” according to Leigh. “A color selection like this will be different and distinct, but not dangerous.”
Neutrals can help you express your sense of style.
Make that kitchen about you, the colors you love, the ideas and feelings that are important to you. Neutrals may be soft colors but they’re not wimpy. The gray and black tones can be very masculine and contemporary; besides, frilly kitchens are definitely out. Altogether, you and your family probably spend more time in the kitchen than any other room. The kids do their homework, you all gather for a meal, or maybe friends drop by for brunch. Choose colors you want to live and entertain in.
Remember not to get too tied up with the boogeyman that is resale value, especially if you intend to stay in your home for a while. Sure, the kitchen is an important feature and is a large consideration for a buyer. But even more important, it’s your home, your living space. Enjoy it.