Colors of the Year Offer Bold Choices

The Colors of the Year in 2018 offer a variety for everyone. Whether you like spicing up your color palette with a rich, red color, such as Benjamin Moore’s Caliente, working with a rich blue/green hue such as Oceanside from Sherwin Williams or want more ethereal feel with a space-inspired Ultra Violet from Pantone, there is a range of bold colors to choose from.

Earlier this fall, Benjamin Moore announced its Color of the Year 2018 as Caliente Af-290, a vibrant, charismatic shade of red.

“Strong, radiant and full of energy, Caliente AF-290 is total confidence. It is pleasing, passionate and makes people feel special, like ‘red carpet treatment’,” said Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore Director of Strategic Design Intelligence. “Whether used as one note or on four walls, the spirited personality of red turns heads signaling surprise and adventure. The eye can’t help but follow its bold strokes.”

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Benjamin Moore announced it’s Color of the Year 2018 is Caliente AF-290. Here the bold, red color is showcased on a signature wall in a bedroom design. Photo by Benjamin Moore.

The color leader also unveiled Color Trends 2018, a curated palette of 23 highly influential hues that enliven any room by adding depth and energy. The palette incorporates a full spectrum of reds, from hints of blush to deep oxbloods, while ensuring seamless pairings with a carefully selected range of whites, neutrals, and complementary bold hues.

To learn more about the Benjamin Moore Color of the Year and Color Trends 2018 palette, or to find the closest Benjamin Moore retailer, visit www.benjaminmoore.com/colortrends

Holzman Interiors works with their clients and partners to create a design and pick colors that represent their taste and style. Bold colors can be used throughout a room or as an accent color for furniture, pillows or decorative items.

Sherwin Williams 2018 Color of the Year

A collision of rich blue with jewel-toned green, a color that is both accessible and elusive, Oceanside SW 6496, is the Sherwin Williams 2018 Color of the Year. According to the Sherwin Williams, the shade is a complex, deep color that offers a sense of the familiar with a hint of the unknown. “Oceanside bridges together a harmonious balance of blues and greens that can be found in what’s old and new.”

The color blue evokes a multitude of moods and associations depending on hue, shade and application. Despite this variety, blues are universally perceived as intelligent, honest and interesting—making blue the most beloved color worldwide.

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Sherwin Williams Color of the Year is Oceanside, featured here in a modern home office design. Photo by Sherwin Williams.

Oceanside’s multi-dimensional, marine-inspired look can create a welcoming statement as a lively color for a front door, according to Sherwin Williams. Its green-meets-blue tone can also boost creative thinking and clarity of thought in a home office, or invite meditation and introspection into a bedroom or reading nook.

Read more about Oceanside and other popular Sherwin Williams colors at

www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/color/find-and-explore-colors/paint-colors-by-collection/color-forecast/color-of-the-year

Pantone Picks Purple

A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future, according to Pantone.

“Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now,” according to the Pantone website. “The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.”

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Pantone highlights Ultra Violet as its Color of the Year 2018. Pantone’s chosen color can influence fashion, home design, and home products.

“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today,” said Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute.

The Pantone Color Institute is a consulting service within Pantone that forecasts global color trends and advises companies on color in brand identity and product development, for the application and integration of color as a strategic asset. Recognized around the world as a leading source of color information through seasonal trend forecasts, custom color development, and palette recommendations for product and corporate identity, Pantone Color Institute partners with global brands to leverage the power, psychology and emotion of color in their design strategy.

Find out more about Pantone’s color forecast and ways to use it at: www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2018

Let Holzman Interiors help you choose your colors for the new year! Contact us for a free design consultation and see our photo galleries for more examples of our work.

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Open Shelves Solve Space Issues

Cabinetry is not all about doors, face frames and boxes. Cabinetry can encompass all the other parts and pieces that go into a design, such as corbels, shelves and moldings, which can help pull a design together. Here are some creative, functional and beautiful applications of open shelving to hopefully provide some ideas and inspire your next project!

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Open shelves, such as shown above the sink, can create a more open look and are a great place to display cookbooks or a collection of plates or glassware.

In our Stamford, Connecticut, showroom, clients can see different examples of Dura Supreme cabinetry, including open shelving above the sink. This creates a more open look, and can be a great spot to showcase cookbooks, display a collection of plates or glasses or even have a few fresh herbs handy for cooking.

Holzman Interiors is an authorized Dura Supreme dealer. Contact us for a free design consultation.

In this home office, floating shelves in the corner display photos and personal mementos. Opening up the corner allows for the desk to fit into it, maximizing space.

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This home office space in a living area uses open shelves to maximize corner space, and display family photos and artwork.

This illustrates how shelving can also give function to a challenging space, namely corners. Sometimes with corners, designers run up against challenges, such as windows or depth changes. One way to tackle this problem is by using open shelving.

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In our showroom, open shelves open up a corner and offer a great spot for displaying and storing dishes.

Another great application of open shelving can be to nest them right into the surrounding cabinetry, giving a purposed layered look and keeping oft-used items at the ready!

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This is an example of nesting shelves, offering a layered look. Photo by Dura Supreme.

Dura Supreme offers floating shelves in varying depths, lengths and thicknesses to fit into almost any space. Also, Dura Supreme has loose shelving that can be paired with any of our corbels.

Shelves can be ordered in any type of wood and in dozens of finishes (stain, paint, patina, weathered, etc.) to totally customize the look. So, next time you are looking for some functionality in a challenging space, or looking for a way to bring a little extra character into a room, don’t forget about the hard-working open shelf!

Design A Kids’ Bathroom With Style

When designing a children’s bathroom, you don’t have to sacrifice style.

In one of our recent projects for Holzman Interiors, I designed a bathroom for a client’s boys, with floating sinks, a large shower with tile panel detail, and lots of storage with cabinets and drawers.

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This bathroom for a client’s boys is functional, but still stylish. Floating sinks, a glass tile insert in the shower and silver finishes give this bathroom a modern vibe.

The bathroom may be used for guests, and designing with style allows it to be timeless, and meet the needs of children as they grow into teenagers.

In this Scarsdale home, double sinks and mirrors, with lots of counter space and cabinets, reduces crowding. A large tub and shower, with a rainfall shower head, as well as a telephone shower head makes it versatile for all ages.

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A large tub and shower with a rainfall shower head and telephone shower head makes it functional and versatile for all ages.

In the shower, a vertical tile design panel, with smaller glass tiles in white, black and brown tones, gives the room a modern element. Large, sliding-glass doors on the shower add to the overall visual effect.

The clean lines, silver faucets and fixtures, and cabinet hardware all add to the modern, timeless look.

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A vertical glass tile panel adds style to this modern bathroom design.

Contact Holzman Interiors for a free consultation about your own home design project. Holzman Interiors is a full-service interior design company. We offer services in New York City, Stamford and Greenwich, Connecticut, area.

Come visit us in our showroom in Stamford, Connecticut, for design inspiration and to see many new styles of Dura Supreme cabinetry, with new finishes for kitchens and bathrooms. The showroom also has an assortment of countertops, faucets and other fixtures. When designing a kitchen or bathroom, it can be helpful to see different colors or styles in person to decide what you like.

Create An Outdoor Space With Flair

Designing an outdoor space is a great time to be a little more adventurous, you can use brighter colors than you might usually use inside, or go with a neutral palette and then add bright pillows and accents.

Think about what type of entertaining you will be doing, whether you want a larger table to have for family meals, or lots of seating and small tables for snacks and drinks. There are many different patio furniture options to choose from.

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A long table is perfect for a bar or dining. An outdoor kitchen, like this one shown here with a grill, outdoor sink and counter space, is great for entertaining.

Also decide if you want a variety of chairs, some for lounging, some for dining. Then pick your cushions! This is where you can have a little fun, with so many different weather-proof options. You can go with a bold and colorful design, or keep the cushions more of a neutral tan, grey or light color and use your pillow colors to pack more of a punch with bold solids or bright patterns.

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This rooftop lounge has a seating area with neutral cushions featuring brightly colored pillows and a firepit.

Another hot trend is outdoor rugs, which can be used on decks or patios to outline a space as well as add another dimension of design. There are many different designs, whether you prefer a geometric pattern, floral design or a solid color.

Also determine what other items you might want on the patio or deck, do you want a grill for cooking or a table fire pit for roasting marshmallows or just to add ambience. There are many different options for fire pits, whether a longer rectangular size, or a smaller circular size better fits your style.

A recent outdoor space designed by Holzman Interiors included a pizza oven, perfect for entertaining, just provide the toppings and people can make their own pizza to their taste!

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This patio space has a neutral palette, perfect for adding colorful cushions and pillows.

Add greenery with pots of different sizes, such as a larger container with a variety of plants or a few smaller pots in a grouping. Visit a local greenhouse or garden shop to find out what types of plants will do well in your climate, and consider whether they will be in a sunny or shady spot.

If you need a break from the sun, add an umbrella to your plans. There are umbrellas that are part of a table set, or stand-alone umbrellas that can be angled to give shade.

For a fun final touch, look into lanterns or lights that can brighten up a patio party. Again, there are many choices, whether you prefer larger lanterns on the ground, a string of lights that hang from a pergola or awning, or citronella candles scattered around to provide light and keep away pesky bugs.

Contact Holzman Interiors for a free design consultation. Get creative with your outdoor space and enjoy your summer!

New Furniture Simplifies Bathroom Design

To make bathroom design and renovation easier, Dura Supreme has created an entire collection of new bath furniture.

With six unique styles to choose from, each with coordinating linen cabinets and mirrors, your design can be personalized with different door styles, wood and finish options. The pieces also can be custom sized to fit your space.

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Dura Supreme Cabinetry offers new bath furniture collection. Photo by Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

From glamorous master bathrooms to smaller, stylish powder rooms, the bathroom is one of the most popular rooms to remodel. Offering increased storage and beautiful styling, Dura Supreme has multiple options that are budget-friendly and eye-catching.

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The raised design makes these vanities easy to install and clean under. Open shelving offers plenty of room for towels and toiletries. Photo by Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

According to Karen Wistrom, Vice President of Marketing for Dura Supreme, “Dura Supreme’s new furniture bath program provides homeowners and designers with a beautiful array of options that can be customized to suit their specific space. With all our door, wood and finish offerings along with special sizing, it’s never been easier to do a quick remodel with an entire collection of bath furniture designed to coordinate and complement each other.”

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This vanity offers plenty of storage. A coordinating cabinet and mirror complete the look. Photo by Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

Holzman Interiors is an authorized Dura Supreme Cabinetry dealer. You can visit us at our Stamford, Conn., showroom to see examples of Dura Supreme bathroom furniture, as well as looking at our finished project photos on our website.

“The choice of materials and layout design sets the stage, considering all the elements is vital to bathroom design,” said Julie Holzman, Principal Interior Designer for Holzman Interiors.

The furniture includes vanities raised off the floor, which makes it easier to clean and install. Matching storage cabinets, which can have glass or mirrored doors, offer plenty of room for towels, toiletries and more.

Different styles are available – whether you prefer a more modern floating sink with open shelving, or a more traditional look with wood-mirrors and porcelain sinks, there are options to please everyone.

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This floating double sink offers a more modern look. Photo by Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

Contact Holzman Interiors for a free interior design consultation or visit our showroom at TileAmerica, 63 Harbor View Ave., Stamford, Conn., to see examples of the furniture and discuss design ideas.

An Island Oasis In Your Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the main areas in the home where people gather or entertain. A kitchen island can become a centerpiece for social activity.

Many of our kitchen designs include an island, and you may not realize how many options there are available for kitchen islands.

Some things to think about are what you want to use the island for, whether it will be a prep space, an eating area, provide additional storage and if you want a sink or appliances included.

An island needs to go with the flow of the kitchen. In this Connecticut home, this large island has curves to offer more space around it and different levels that allow stools to be tucked in under the counter. It also has an extra sink, which can be used to wash vegetables, fill pots or drain pasta closer to the stove.

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This large island has an extra sink, a steamer, plenty of prep space and seating.

You don’t have to have a large kitchen to have an island, for example in this Fifth Avenue apartment, a smaller square island provides an eating and prep area. The stools can provide additional seating, a great space to sit for breakfast or a quick snack.

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This small island offers prep space and a spot to sit for a snack.

Islands also reflect the style of the kitchen. This modern kitchen island has a waterfall counter, that flows down one side for a dramatic look. It has two pendant lamps to provide light and stools that tuck under the counter.

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This waterfall counter island makes a statement in a modern kitchen.

Think about lighting, whether you want a larger pendant lamp, multiple smaller lamps, or a few medium-size lamps. With multiple smaller lamps, they can hang at different levels, creating an interesting look. Another option is a longer, hanging tray with candles. The style of the lighting is part of your overall look, whether you prefer a more modern or traditional style. The size of the island will impact how many lights you want as well.

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This kitchen island has one larger lamp above. Consider lighting options as part of your overall kitchen design plan.

Another consideration is if you want seating at the island, and the height you prefer. The basic choices are table, counter or bar height. This square island has chairs, which may be preferred for younger children or if you use the counter for work and are sitting for longer periods.

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This large kitchen island has chairs that provide a pop of color.

Kitchen islands provide storage, with cabinets and drawers, and can include a wine fridge or wine storage area or dishwasher. When designing the island, consider if you want to include these types of items that may need plumbing or electrical connections as part of the design. It is important to work with a designer to make sure this is taken into consideration as part of the planning for contractors.

Contact Holzman Interiors for a free interior design consultation. Your kitchen is an important part of your home, you want it to be welcoming and functional. We can help you achieve that.

Focus On The Fireplace

A fireplace can be a focal point of a living room, a feature to build around for setting up seating, side tables and more.

It also can be a great place to display art work, photos or seasonal decorations.

A fireplace draws the eye and interest, and there are many options for fireplaces, they can be understated or a statement piece with a large piece of stone or a more modern design.

With a traditional mantel, a fireplace can be the perfect place to showcase large artwork, drawing the eye up in a room with high, cathedral ceilings.

For example, in a Scarsdale, New York, home remodeling project Holzman Interiors recently completed, the dark fireplace front contrasts with the white mantel. The large artwork is set off by two modern orange glass vases, for a pop of color that continues throughout the room with grey and orange accents.

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The fireplace in this stunning living room serves as a focal point, and above the mantel is the ideal place to display large artwork, drawing the eye to the cathedral ceiling and windows.

Holzman Interiors works with clients to achieve their vision for their home. In this grand living room, the oversized stone fireplace works perfectly to create a seating arrangement in an open concept room. Using an area rug and a sectional couch, Holzman Interiors creates a cozy seating area within the larger space.

The stone fireplace compliments the stonework on a feature wall nearby and also the beams in the ceiling and columns throughout the room. These details bring together the design.

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In this contemporary living room, seating is arranged around the large stone fireplace.

The white mantel over cream stone in this room matches the color scheme of blue, white and cream. With a structured look, it is understated and formal. It serves as a perfect spot for artwork, in this case photography framed by two small wall sconces.

Artwork can go with the overall color scheme, such as seen here with the blues reflected in the landscape photo, or can be a stronger statement with bold colors.

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The pairing of a white mantel over a cream stone fireplace sets the tone throughout the room, with the color scheme of white, cream and blue.

A mantel also can be used to change out decorations seasonally, bringing a hint of spring in your home with different candles or decorations. It’s not just a place to hang your stockings, you can use floral arrangements or small sculptures to create a new look.

In a master bedroom, a fireplace can provide a spot to relax and unwind. As seen here, two chairs flank a small fireplace, creating a cozy seating area to read or watch TV at the end of the day.

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A fireplace in the bedroom can create a cozy spot to relax and unwind.

Contact Holzman Interiors for a free design consultation. See our galleries on our website for more images of completed projects.