One of the most frequent questions our design team is asked is what’s new in paint. Good news, The Paint Quality Institute recently identified the hot paint colors* for 2012. And according to Debbie Zimmer, color expert, the 2012 paint palette will draw heavily upon the natural colors in the American landscape. 1. Blue, the Jewel of the Sea Blues gained popularity in 2011 and continue to in 2012. “From sparkling sea-glass blue to colonial blue-grey, blues are suitable for all living spaces, being a naturally soothing color that is loved – in one iteration or another — by almost everyone,” says Zimmer. 2. Green, From Farm to Forest Greens, ranging from celery and asparagus to fir and fern, allow homeowners to bring the comforting feelings of the world outside into the world within. According to Zimmer, dining rooms and kitchens are the “natural” spots for in vogue greens, but the hue is also at home in family rooms and bedrooms. 3. Violet, Majestic Purple Mountains “A harmonious combination of patriotic blue and red hues, violet can add ‘punch’ to any room when used as an accent color, or serve as the dominant color in a bedroom,” says Zimmer. Natural hues aren’t the only news. Zimmer also predicted that three paint and decorating trends will gain prominence next year: 4. Patterns In 2012, patterned paint will take center stage, with increased interest in hound’s-tooth finishes, lacy designs, and bold color blocking techniques. “In some cases, pattern will be the main decorating feature in a room; in others, it will provide a subtle, textured backdrop for fine furnishings and artwork,” says Zimmer. 5. Black and White You’ll see much more of black and white, from contemporary apartments to historic homes, says Zimmer. “The pairing is a great way to freshen an interior with something smart and stylish,” she says. 6. Exterior Paint Combinations On the home exterior, shutters colors will begin to shift away from the traditional look of high-contrast green, red, or black to a more monochromatic palette. “You’ll see more shutters that are painted just a shade darker than the siding,” says Zimmer. “Owners of homes with stone exteriors can get in on things by matching the shutter color to the dominant color of the stone.” *source: The Paint Quality Institute, Oct. 6, 2011
The biggest change/ improvement in showers of late is the channel drain system. Like anything new, these are still a little more expensive and require another skill set to install the special pan system. However, the channel drain has made a few things possible that will make you come to love this new method of water evacuation. First, there’s no more sloping to a single point. This allows large format tiles to be used. And yes, less grout at the bottom and an almost flat floor, giving you a puddle-free floor. Another advantage is the walk in (no stoop) look that offers another level of luxury. We are a dealer of these drains, and to see more, please click here.
Showers are still the most sought after luxury item in bathroom renovation. There are a few things that have changed since this trend started. In the 90’s increasing the showers size was the main goal … of course as large as possible, while fitting the over-sized jetted tub into the design. After big-sized showers, amenities such as steam, body sprays and built in benches started emerging. Like most things, evolution has a way of making things better. For starters, body sprays have been replaced with a second hand-held shower. These are great for leg shaving and rinsing down the shower. You can also use this hand-held on an adjustable arm if you want to point the massage setting at your lower back… and with proper volume control you can have both heads operating simultaneously. Rain heads are making a big inroad… probably due to options that make them more control in pressure and less expensive than the early models. If you are going to have one of these heads, make sure you check out the pressure and volume for these units and that you have proper water supply as part of your renovation. We still install benches — both storage and foot rests — so that leg shaving is safer and easier. As for the jetted tub, with our more hectic lives today, a nice soaking tub without the ½ hour fill time and noisy motor is a more Zen like experience. So Happy Bathing!
Sherborn Kitchen & Bath is owned by Ray and Terry Wiese and Terry is happy to take on the day to day managment. Once the COO for a high tech trade show organization, Terry turned the tables when she married Ray Wiese, owner of The Wiese Company, a leading Sherborn-based design/build firm. Together Ray and Terry grew The Wiese Company into a thriving business, designing and remodeling homes in Wellesley, Newton, and the popular MetroWest surrounding communities. .
In late 2009, Terry and Ray decided to open Sherborn Kitchen & Bath. First order of business was to put Terry at the helm, enabling customers to come and speak with a Mom, wife, cook, cleaner, and everything-in-between kitchen designer. An avid cook and busy mother made her uniquely aware of the necessities of a well-designed and carefully crafted kitchen.
“Being directly affiliated with The Wiese Company enables us to expand our offerings to our clients,” said Terry Wiese. “Our services range from simple kitchen and bath remodels to more extensive renovations, requiring full design/build services. If clients simply need an updated kitchen or bath, we can make that happen. But if they need a new kitchen and/or bath design, complete with the full renovation plans and possible bump-out or add-on scenarios, we are lucky to be able to do that too.”
Sherborn Kitchen & Bath offers a wide range of cabinetry lines, enabling customers to achieve their needs while staying within their budgets. Having certified kitchen and bath designers means having the experience necessary to create efficient and effective spaces, while achieving that look that you so envision. At the end of the day, Terry prides herself on happy customers.
“There is nothing better than watching our customers treasure their new space,” added Terry, “I feel so lucky to be in the position to help them make that happen.”