They’re All Here: Paint Colors of the Year for 2017

The following article courtesy of San Francisco based interior designer and color specialist Jennifer Ott, was published on December 25, 2016

There’s a bit of a consensus, plus a couple of interesting outliers, among paint companies' top color picks

Color-management company Pantone Color Institute recently announced its Color of the Year for 2017, a vibrant spring-green hue called Greenery. If you’re among those who find Greenery a bit too bright to be used in or on your home, take heed. Paint manufacturers have chimed in with their various selections for Color of the Year and, for the most part, it’s a much mellower bunch. Deep grayish blues and purples dominate, but some warm neutrals and bold yellows are also offered up.

We offer a few tips for remodeling newbies on what to expect and how to survive the process

November 23, 2016

If you’re thinking about remodeling or are about to break ground on your first renovation, odds are you probably know a bit about how the project is going to go. After all, you’ve watched a few TV shows, your cousin’s husband is a general contractor and the guy you sit close to at work tells you every detail of how his wet bar is coming together. So you pretty much know all there is to know, right? Not so fast.

1,200 Square Foot Condo – Renovating A Small Space

A client came to us asking us to completely renovate a 1,200 square foot condo in downtown Colorado Springs.  The challenge was that the condo was dated and dark, so we were tasked with opening, brightening and modernizing the space. The client was a former pilot and so with partner Speas Interior Design, we got to work using an aviation theme.

We started by removing the existing walls in the kitchen to open up the space to the living area.   We kept the existing cabinets but added to hardware to freshen it up.  We replaced the countertop with a quartzite countertop. The new ceiling fan carries out the condos aviation theme. 

 Kitchen Before

Kitchen After

Colorado Home Trends for 2016

9News recently featured Colorado Homes and Lifestyles Magazines editor at large Rebecca Gart She said that, “2016 is the year of simplicity and elegance for home design in Colorado”.  According to Rebecca Gart, here’s what's trending in homes across the state:

1. Mixed lighting

In the kitchen featured on the January 2016 cover, you'll notice industrial lighting over the island and an elegant chandelier in the dining room. "You don't have to redo your whole kitchen, you can just redo the lighting and mixed lighting is very on trend," Gart says. A change in lighting fixtures can make a big difference in your home.

2. Unplugged family rooms

Television is no longer the center of the home (The kitchen is, says Gart). The giant television set is becoming obselete, replaced by handheld tablets and devices. More people are opting for a quiet space that is relaxed and casual, perhaps filled with a sectional sofa perfect for laying on and relaxing. Large, open spaces have intimate areas for gathering with family and friends and playing games or chatting.

Do you have a space that you want to make more interesting? Consider installing some LED lighting.

Sikora Creations latest lower level remodel presented us with a unique design opportunity for lighting.  In the main entertainment room we used LED lighting which allows the client to play around with lighting schemes and illuminate this space in multiple colors to create whatever “mood” they want at that time.  The room can be colorful and fun, quiet and romantic, or a regular warm and yellow depending upon the situation. 

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