Blog submittal by Annette Callari, Allied ASID
As a designer, I frequently get asked about “matching” woods. Do my kitchen cabinets need to match my dining room furniture? Does my hardwood floor need to match the cabinets?
The answer is no, not necessarily. Rooms are actually more interesting if you plan a complementary mix of woods. The key to that is choosing interesting contrasts. And don’t forget that any of the painted wood finishes offered in cabinetry are another great option to coordinate with wood floors. Wood is the one natural material that offers generous margins of harmony. So relax a bit about featuring different woods in the same room.
Given that introduction, this is a good time to share with you some of the 2011-2012 wood directions that are on the horizon, as identified by Color Marketing Group International:
– In contemporary designs, Euro-influences are having a strong impact on styling, both in flooring and cabinetry. This includes the use of simple colors and fewer special glazes. Cabinetry is simplified and embraces minimalist influences
– New laminates and experimental technologies are being utilized in high-contemporary themes. Look for high-gloss, durable finishes on minimalist style cabinetry.
– Major color trend emerging is the graying of neutrals and the use of warm grays in cabinetry and hardwood floors!
– Gloss levels super glossy to super matte
– Historical influences interpret into our designs as a nostalgic return to comfort, heritage and stability
– Favored wood choices: maple, walnut, cherry (mid to dark cherry stains)
– Textures for hardwood floors will feature new distressing techniques such as wire brushing, and softer hand-scraping techniques.
– Reclaimed woods are emerging as a huge trend in traditional styling. Harvested woods from old barns, school houses, churches, railroad cars are all in demand. Customer wants woods with a story.
– Specialty glazes for traditional designs and multi-layering of glazes will become important
– Gloss levels low-to mid sheen
ECLECTIC – (Defined as a crossover mix of design styles to achieve a playful, undefined look)
– Combining salvaged materials with new woods will be used to create drama
– Customers looking for personalization will seek custom options in cabinetry
– Wood choices for eclectic designs embrace raw woods in all species, white oak, pine and alder. Mixing oak with metals introduces a new “industrial eclectic” style cabinetry for the home
– Eclectic embraces natural imperfections in woods: knots, slits, rough sawn cuts, sapwoods.
– Gloss levels: oiled to low sheen and use of bleached woods
One more future trend of importance was identified by CMG: Look for the application of specialty textures to furniture pieces and some cabinetry (this applies to all three design styles). Examples would be artistic carvings, wood tattoos, printed & laser marquetry, and metallic fillers. While this trend is more of a niche market in wood trends, a dominant trend looking forward is authenticity in materials and finishes. White oak, lyptus, linear pine are all being researched for new cabinet introductions. All in all, exciting stuff on the horizon for wood surfaces.