A Tiny Berlin Kitchen That Isn’t Shy About Mixing Patterns and Colors

The inspiration: Originally, Yulia was leaning toward a soothing style with natural finishes, but she reconsidered after browsing the internet for influences and finding herself attracted to bright, eclectic items. She ultimately followed her instincts and committed to a fun, multicolored aesthetic.

Square footage: Nine square meters (approximately 97 square feet)

Budget: “We did not have a separate renovation budget for the kitchen since it was part of a big apartment project,” Yulia explains. “We discovered how expensive it is to build a good-looking kitchen of a decent quality only once we needed it.”

For upper storage, Yulia went with

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Hardware design trends: new colors & functions

What’s trending in decorative and functional hardware and accessories? Here’s what some of the specialists had to say.

Black hardware is the new ‘standard’
While gold tones are still in high demand for kitchen, bath and closet hardware, adding  “personality” in a space,  “Matte black has evolved from just ‘a new trend’ to becoming ‘the new standard’ when someone wants a dark finish for hardware, faucets, lighting, and even sinks,” said Stephanie Lowe Mersky, director, Decorative Hardware Management at Hardware Resources. “Matte black can add the perfect contrast, or a little drama in a space while still being safe enough

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