Finding the Next Big Thing

The design world is forever looking for the next new trend. What will be “it” next year and how can we keep up with the times? Some trends end up a flash-in-the-pan while others come to define an era of design. Shag carpet anyone? You can’t think of a 1970’s style home without it. As a hardware brand for designers, Emtek walks the tightrope of providing classic designs that will endure and appeal to the majority, while still remaining relevant with current product designs. The year 2015 brought whispers of a comeback for warm brass finishes. Emtek listened and met the next trend for design head-on.

The whispers came from design oriented magazines and blogs. Editor after editor came to Emtek asking for product in warm brass for a project or editorial placement. The finish was used in the Academy Awards Greenroom by Architectural Digest and will be featured in the upcoming fall 2015 issue of House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year (all with Emtek products).  But the question remained of what the design community at large thought about the finish. To garner feedback, Emtek created a new Satin Brass finish on its Lausanne entry set and displayed the stunning combination at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas.

 

Satin Brass on Display at KBIS 2015
Satin Brass on Display at KBIS 2015

The response was overwhelming. Satin Brass finish was met with uniform praise by the design community and inquiries as to when it would be available. Emtek sprung to action and released Satin Brass finish for select modern styles a mere four months later – a quick turnaround for a new product.

Satin Brass’s lifespan and mass appeal remain yet to be seen, but if the design community is any indication, we have the next “it.”

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Article by Susan

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A Burst of Color

The term “curb appeal” has become an integral part of the vernacular of home design. An appealing exterior can add to a home’s value, help it sell quicker, and make it appealing to friends, neighbors, and all passersby. Further, a home’s exterior is the first chance you have to tell the world about your personal style; it tells a little bit about who you are.

 

Emtek is a door hardware company, so naturally, we have a passion for all things doors and hardware. In terms of curb appeal, the latest trend in our industry is a brightly colored front door;  home owners are no longer content to have something standard. The front door is the first impression your home can give, so it should make a statement.

 

The key to working with a bold color is to find balance in the surrounding elements of the design. For example, in the picture below, Emtek’s Octagon entry set in oil rubbed bronze is the perfect compliment to this vivid red door, by Masonite. Oil rubbed bronze doesn’t clash with the bright color, but rather adds warmth to its overall look and feel.

 

What color is your front door? Is adding a bright, bold color on your home rennovation list of “to-dos”?

 

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