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Cedar Ridge Designs & Custom Cabinetry

Making a Statement with Colour in the Kitchen.

Flowers aren’t the only thing in bloom this spring. Where classic white and wood tones have long dominated kitchen styles, bright and bold pops of color are making an appearance—and we’re taking notice. Colour influences much more than just the appearance of a space, it can also affect our moods and emotions. Deciding on what you want colour to do for you in your space is just the start, figuring out where to apply it is equally as daunting a task. Learning how to use colour like even the most sophisticated designers is challenging, but using tools one can make the task manageable. Colours and emotions are closely linked. Warm colours can evoke different emotions than cool colours and bright colours can create different feelings than muted colours. Red is a great example of a warm colour and it is known to stimulate the appetite which is likely why it has been a staple accent colour in kitchen spaces for years. Gray is what is referred to as a neutral colour and is a great base to build on with other colours. Gray is typically considered to be a cold colour, but there are warmer grays (Such as taupes) and cooler ones. Light blue is crisp and clean making it great for walls and cabinets. Dark blue can work well when accented with whites, grays or other neutrals. Blue is an invigorating colour that should be used sparingly so as not to overpower a space. Yellow is a bright, warm colour believed to make people hungry and to improve their mood. Yellow has a soothing quality that will make people feel calm in your kitchen. This is a great colour for small spaces as it makes rooms feel larger than they actually are. Yellow is a colour that pairs well with white and gray accents. Greens come in many different shades from mint to apple and hunter (A personal favourite). Greens pair well with white and wood accents. Green is a restful colour that evokes a feeling of refreshment, peace and rest. Now that we understand how colours make us feel, we need to tackle the next obstacle, where to add colour. If you’re looking to make a real statement, painting one or all of the walls in your kitchen is a great way to go. Alternatively, if you’re really committed to a bold colour you can also purchase your cabinets or even countertops in a wide array of colours. For a slightly more subtle approach you can use colour in your choice of backsplash tile, or even in your choice of grout. A predicted trend for 2020 is a boom in the sale of coloured appliances. Again, this option is a longer commitment than simply repainting a wall, but what better way to showcase your favourite colour! If you have a white kitchen you can consider it a blank canvas and add colour in a multitude of ways from an accent vase to your island barstools. A more creative injection of colour would be to add it to your ceiling or the interiors of cabinets with glass doors. So now we’ve decided where we’ll inject colour, but how do we add it with style? Colour schemes are combinations of colour selections that use a standard colour wheel. A monochromatic scheme is one which uses various shades and tints of the same colour. The triadic scheme is a scheme which selects 3 colours. The selection of these colours is made by forming an equilateral triangle on the colour wheel. Analogous schemes use colours which touch each other on the colour wheel. Typically an analogous scheme uses 3 colours from the wheel. A complimentary scheme uses colours which are directly opposite each other on the wheel. An extension of the complimentary scheme is the split complimentary scheme which uses the two colours next to the compliment colour. A second extension of the complimentary scheme is the tetradic scheme or double complimentary scheme. This scheme uses 4 colours on the wheel which create a square (Or 2 compliments). At the end of the day the most important thing when selecting colours to use is to select those that YOU love. A good designer can build off of your selection and will work with you to bring your vision to life.

Design Trends to look out for in 2020.

As we close out a decade marked by interior design trends ranging from midcentury to Memphis-inspired, we’ve got our eyes set on what 2020 has in store. The 80’s resurgence means that 3d wall panels and curves are in – be it doorways, patterns, or furniture. Milan design week boasted numerous examples of mixed metals and humble materials such as rattan, terra cotta, and Vienna straw. Biophilic design- designing to increase connection to nature through natural materials, such as wood, textiles and cane- is having a moment. These materials are popping up in homes in new and modern ways. Elle décor predicts a surge in double islands and new shapes and sizes of tiles in lieu of the classic subway. Colour Pantone is the leader in all things colour. They announced in December that Classic Blue would be their colour of the year. This elegant colour will make 2020 the most restful year yet, but that’s not the only colour you should expect to see in the interior design world. According to HGTV, retro pastels, known now as millennial pastels can be expected to be seen on cabinets, backsplashes, and even appliances. Another retro trend we should anticipate to be making resurgence in 2020 is the classic contrast of black and white. Moody black will be found on cabinets, counters and walls alike. Backsplash Elle Décor is anticipating that slabs of stone and large scale tiles will do away with the classic subway. A surge in fun tile shapes will make an appearance over the next year as well. One classic trend that isn’t going anywhere this year is beautiful marble. Keeping on the biophilic design trend, this natural stone will continue to be popular throughout 2020. We should also expect to see designers carrying the backsplash all the way to the ceiling instead of stopping short. Get your glass cleaner ready as the metallic and mirrored tiles we tore out of our 80’s homes will now be back in style! Our LED under cabinet lighting will dance beautifully off of these materials. Colour! As with everything this year, be ready to play with your colour wheel! That’s right, coloured backsplashes are a must for any trendy kitchen. Reno Assistance predicts that backsplashes with handy integrated shelving will also be on trend this year. Finally, designers will have a chance to play with alternative materials. Rustic copper, stainless steel, perforated metals, anything goes in 2020! Accessories What designer doesn’t love to accessorize? House & Home expects that ribbed glass will be making a comeback in 2020. Seeing that stainless steel hood fan will be a thing of the past! Hidden range hoods are in! Panels of stone, MDF, metal, and wood will hide the large appliances and camouflage them into the kitchen. Handles for cabinets will also be hidden for a sleek and seamless look. Tip on cabinet doors, recessed handles and handle tracks will help the handles blend right into the millwork. You’re not seeing double, the biggest accessory in the kitchen has actually doubled in quantity. The coveted large island isn’t enough for 2020, we need 2! The ever growing kitchen workspace is expanding once more. Now there will be an island for cooking and one for entertaining guests. In conclusion, 2020 will be a year of playing with colour, mixing and matching fun alternative materials, seamless kitchen designs and a whole lot of 80’s vibes!! So dust off your Rubik’s cubes, your Walkman and your Madonna CDs and strap yourself in for another exciting year of design! Let’s just hope those hairdos stay where they belong in 1980.

Cedar Ridge Welcomes Julinda Balca to the Design Team

Cedar Ridge Designs is pleased to announce that Julinda Balca has joined our Sales and Design Team. “We are very excited to begin working with Julinda and the great experience she brings to the Cedar Ridge team”. -Colin Unruh, President of Cedar Ridge Designs and Custom Cabinetry Julinda has been working in residential Interior Design for 15 years. She specializes in residential kitchen/bathroom (and other millwork) design. Her main focus is to  offer her clientele a unique, professional, and personalized experience, all while creating the perfect balance between beauty and functionality. During her career she has worked closely with individual clients as well as builders, architects and other designers. Whether a single kitchen reno or a complete new custom build, she is able to oversee her projects from brief to completion. Julinda can also provide further interior design services (space layout, furniture layout, furniture and lighting selection/sourcing, finishes and decor, etc.).  Julinda loves that her career affords her the ability to continuously learn and is always excited to apply new knowledge to her work. She can be reached at:  julinda@cedarridgedesigns.ca, Mobile #:  613-898-9070 and is available by appointment at our new Design Studio at 675 Industrial Avenue, Ottawa.