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Aspen Homes- Tastefully On Trend Meets Timeless

Many times customers are hesitant to embrace something labeled as a “trend” because they fear the look will be dated so quickly. The truth is in our industry…trends aren’t just a flash in the pan. Ever. For design choices like Gray Stains or Black Accents, these “trends” are long-term. Once you begin to see certain trends appear on magazine covers and in spaces on your favorite TV shows, the industry has committed to the concept. This latest project we completed with Aspen Homes LLC is so gorgeous we barely know where to begin the tour!  As we show you around the space we will pay attention to key trends at work in the kitchen:

Black Details And Accents In The Kitchen:

Kitchen with black window accent. Design and materials from Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo courtesy of Aspen Homes LLC , Bettendorf, IA

We love the black trim detail added to this Bettendorf, IA home. A farmhouse sink sits beneath three windows on one wall of the kitchen design. These three black windows add style and visual rhythm to the space. The two “Wadsworth” pendants that hang above the kitchen island are from our Hudson Valley line. Selecting the perfect lighting for your overall look is so important. The kitchen island pendants in this home are the perfect example of what we mean.

“Both the sconces and the island pendants get a lot of attention. I’m glad I took a risk with those pendants because they seem to tie it all together and ground a space filled with so much white.” -homeowner

That quote from the homeowner says it all! They truly do complete the entire design. The black accent, the shape, the brass, the circle element (see the barn door below), it is all perfection! A pendant like that in a catalog or our showroom may seem like a bold statement but our lighting team works hard with our clients to select fixtures perfect for their space. A statement may seem a bit out of your comfort level at the time but the impact will be great!

Introduce Gold Accents:

Between the windows hang “Margeaux” wall sconces from our Hinkley line. The “Vintage Brass” finish on the sconces is repeated in the kitchen cabinet hardware and accents on the island pendant lights. You do not have to go “all in” on this Gold Accent trend. Just introducing a few locations for it is great! New Traditional style is all about balancing old looks with new materials. In some cases New Traditional blends old finishes with new shapes and styles. Mixing metal finishes can look great when executed correctly and our team is here to help you find the perfect balance.

Large kitchen hood idea. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo courtesy of Aspen Homes LLC , Bettendorf, IA

Soften The Look With Matte Finishes:

A great way to make a space more welcoming and less “cold” is to use softer, more matte finishes. Even a cold, hard material like granite can seem more approachable. In this case, a Granite named “Black Pearl” has been installed as the perimeter countertop material. Instead of a high-polished and reflective finish, the “Brushed” finish is used. The result: and Old World look almost like that of a soapstone countertop. The island countertop is from our Cambria Quartz line in their “Summerhill” design. Summerhill blends all of the surrounding colors together perfectly and offers up a natural stone veining look that adds character to the island.
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Want a cabinet style and finish that is truly timeless? If you look at some of your own favorite kitchen spaces saved to your Pinterest or Houzz accounts is the common denominator perhaps a white painted cabinet? A flat-panel doorstyle in a white paint is as timeless of a cabinet commitment you can make. This kitchen has been installed in the “Savannah” door from our Koch Classic line. Chances are if you are drawn to the look of a white painted cabinet, you are also looking at Subway tile. This kitchen takes that classic subway tile and installs it all the way to the ceiling:

Subway tile all the way to the ceiling in a Bettendorf, IA kitchen designed by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo courtesy of Aspen Homes LLC , Bettendorf, IA

“It’s funny how many people love that the subway tile is taken to the ceiling. It was a simple addition that makes it all feel more special.” -homeowner

White painted flat-panel cabinetry and subway tile. We are giving you the definite green light for that winning combination! Again, these are classic and timeless selections you can make for your overall permanent investment. If 15 years from now you wanted to give this kitchen a new look, the entire kitchen may not need to come out to get that “new” update.

Showcase Your Workspace:

If you are going to invest in a great space to prepare meals, why not shine the spotlight on your busiest area? Cooking zones are where all the activity happens so why not make them the focal point of the space? Kitchens are no longer hidden in the back corner of a home. They have become the very center of all activity throughout your day. In this kitchen a unique hood design makes a statement of its own on the range wall. This custom wood hood aligns with the angle of the kitchen ceiling. A custom hood insert and 1200 CFM blower are fit on the interior of the hood. A clean hood design with a contrasting band of wood at the base completes the look. Below that hood is an envy-worthy 48″ wide range:

48 inch KitchenAid dual fuel range. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo courtesy of Aspen Homes LLC , Bettendorf, IA

This KitchenAid® Dual Fuel, commercial-style range has 6 gas burners and a chrome electric griddle. The griddle provides exceptional cooking performance and features an easy-to-clean surface. Why Dual Fuel? This range combines the precise control of a gas cooking surface with an electric oven. In the culinary world even the most demanding of cooks can agree that dual fuel is the “best of both worlds” situation for a range. Immediate control for the cooktop and consistent baking, roasting, and broiling in the oven.

Photo courtesy of KitchenAid®

Photo courtesy of KitchenAid®

EvenHeat™ True Convection in the ovens provide consistent heating and even cooking on all racks. Convection helps ensure no burnt edges or undercooked centers and with EasyConvect™ Conversion, it is so easy to use these features. This range combines two ovens for a total of 6.3 cu. ft. of capacity. Shop appliances here or visit our store for an award-winning customer experience and a Low Price Guarantee on home appliances!

Warm Gray Stains:

Gray stains aren’t just still “in style”, they are growing and growing in popularity! Each of our cabinet lines have invested in continuing to add gray stains to their finish options. Grays have started to trend toward the warmer look. Warm grays blend well with other wood finishes and paints.

Kitchen with design and materials from Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo courtesy of Aspen Homes LLC , Bettendorf, IA

In this kitchen a tall pantry cabinet with drawers is finished in a contrasting gray stain named “Stone”. The same Savannah Doorstyle used in the main kitchen is a Cherry wood on the pantry cabinet. Cherry offers a warm and rich woodgrain for the “Stone” stain. We love the use of a contrasting cabinet finish in an unexpected application. We have come to expect the kitchen island, or perhaps a hood to have a contrast finish. Here the location gives the tall cabinet almost the look of a freestanding furniture piece.

Kitchen with design and materials from Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo courtesy of Aspen Homes LLC , Bettendorf, IA

This layout also provides the illusion of two kitchen islands. A peninsula runs parallel to the kitchen island. It is always exciting to work with Aspen Homes on a project because they come to us with so many great ideas and enthusiastic clients. Looking to build a new home or remodel the one your are in? Village Home Stores is your expert Kitchen and Bath destination. We build a team specific to your project’s needs and help make the process as easy and as fun as possible for you.

Kitchen with design and materials from Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo courtesy of Aspen Homes LLC , Bettendorf, IA

You can find out more information on what you can expect when working with Aspen Homes and Village Home Stores here on a previous post. We are thrilled to welcome Aspen to Instagram in 2017! Give their page a follow to see the beautiful spaces they are working on in the Quad Cities Region. While you are there, find the Village Home Stores Instagram page as well. We love sharing beautiful spaces and behind-the-scenes coverage of what our store is working on day to day. Ready to start the conversation about your own project? Contact us today to get started. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!
Cambria quartz in Bettendorf, IA | VillageHomeStores.com

Trend Watch: Black Is The New Black

black_accent_trendWe’re back again with another in our “Trend Watch” series of blog posts. We have spent so much of the last few weeks showing you why Gray is Here to Stay and how to use it in your own projects. While black may seem like a common color to accent your home with, it is about to begin to make some big waves in the Kitchen and Bath industry within the next 1-3 years. This means it is time for us to start getting comfortable with this more bold architectural accent color.  When we attended the Design Symposium hosted by our friends at Dura Supreme they informed us that using black as an accent color has begun popping up in the European markets and in high-end restaurant interiors. These are two key signs that it is an “emerging” trend and should begin to grow in interest very soon in our own industry.

black_flooringAt Village Home Stores we have a variety of products that each include options in a black finish. While a solid black carpet may not be a highly sought-after item, a combination of colors like this “Black and Tan” Mountain Range carpeting by DreamWeaver (above, left) is so popular we have began to stock it! Hardwoods and Luxury Vinyls are also embracing the Black trend and introducing options like the “Oak Black Pearl” finished flooring you see above on the right. No matter what your comfort level is with embracing a “trend” in your own space, we can help you decide what is perfect for your home.

black_and_white_check_floorAccenting your home interiors with black is not a new concept by any means. The look has been around and successfully executed for ages. Black and white as a pair are the perfect example of a “classic” style in a kitchen or bathroom. The contrast of a light finished or painted cabinet against a dark slab of stone is always a rich look. Accenting your space with black is all about contrast! Picture a cafe table in Paris, a claw-foot tub in a bed and breakfast, or two people seated on chrome stools sharing a milkshake….what are all those things sitting on? Chances are you pictures a black and white octagonal or checkered floor.

A Classic, Revived:

black_diamond_whirlpoolThe appliance industry has seen an added interest in black finishes within the past few years. Just last week we installed out newest front-load laundry set (pictured above) in Whirlpool’s new “Black Diamond” finish. In the kitchen not every customer is interested in the look of Stainless Steel or white. Black kitchen appliances have risen in popularity and gained a very dramatic look. Take a look at the 3 wall ovens shown below all including the same concept:

Wall_Oven_Quad_CitiesWhirlpool launched their “Black Ice” series (above, left) just a few years ago and has continued to add models to it. The newest launch of Maytag products (above, center) has included that same concept: a black finish with Stainless hardware and accents. Our newest product to the Village Appliance department, Viking (above, right) has a number of options in black and combination black finishes. KitchenAid has just announced their new “Black Stainless” finish as well. If you missed our preview of this on our Facebook page you can see it here. Shop all of our appliances over on our website or call today for an appointment to see these great options in person!

black_barstoolsA more cautious approach to including Black in your design is to add Black in areas that are less permanent. Like the barstools above, cabinet hardware, painted shelves or lighting are far less permanent of a commitment. For a short-term approach, try this “last layer or accent” look instead of an entire kitchen of Black cabinetry. We always recommend when you are assembling a design concept with a designer at Village Home Stores to think of your accent color as the “accessories” layer of an outfit.  What are the decorative elements that get added to surround the space? Lighting and hardware are two great examples of a more cautious location to add an accent in a Black finish. Lighting can be such a great element to a successful design. Take a look at these examples of a few lights available right now from our lighting department that each include another current trend, the “drum” shade:

black_drum_shadeQuite a range in styles represented but all include the same concept! Our lighting specialists can work with you to help you select the perfect light for your project. Another thing to note here is that Black marries really well with all kinds of metal finishes! Chrome and Stainless look amazing with it and another rising trend of Gold and Brass look incredible as well when paired with Black.

Be Bold With Black:

But if you want to get bold with Black as an accent Village Home Stores is on board to help you with that! It is no surprise that the look achieved with a black accent is dramatic. Our expert staff can help you create an entire design concept with a dramatic result. We have started a “Black Is The New Black” pin board over on our Pinterest page to help get you inspired along with us.

black_pinterest_kitchenLike we mentioned, Black as an accent has been a forecast trend expected to hit BIG in 1-3 years. Think of it as where the gray trend is evolving to include. But don’t count Gray out of the picture! We told you loud and clear it is here to stay. Do take note that Black, White, and Gray color palettes are an amazing direction to go! This combination works so well in kitchens and baths because of the blend of many materials included. A kitchen backsplash is another area that can be perfect surface to include Black as an accent color. Take a look at this series from our Jeffrey Court line:

black_tileEach of those tiles could be placed in a number of kitchen design concepts. Pair them with Stainless, Chrome, Dark Granite or an all white look. It all works.  No matter what your personal style or desired impact, there is a way to embrace this trend for your project with Village Home Stores. Call or click today to set up an appointment to get started. carpeting_quad_cities