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Spice up your Kitchen with Color

People tend to congregate in the kitchen.  The energy is high and the atmosphere is inviting.  This year the palette is a clear reflection in vibrant, bold colors.  Hotter hues ramping up the energy and even subtler shades evoking a calming atmosphere are now in demand.  HGTV depicts bright colors splashing across the cabinets or in contrast white cabinets with accent colors in either a backsplash or throughout keeping a fresh, upbeat feeling.  Some of the colors seen are varying shades of browns, greens, yellows, pinks, blues, oranges, purples and shades of grey.  Using combinations from the palette is an exciting venture sure to be seen in many homes.


So what has changed since last year?

Cherry wood, which has been so popular in the past, is on the decline.  Ceramic tile, which has been a go to backsplash, is steadily decreasing in demand.  However, it still remains in the lead. 

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) recently conducted a survey of 350 designers to determine the top design trends for 2012.  Their results are shown here:















dark natural


medium natural


light natural



ceramic tile


natural stone











other colors


distressed is on the rise

At Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes we are here to help simplify.  Need a perfectly matched color?  Interested in a multicolored finish?  We have exactly what you need and we are looking forward to hearing from you today!

Create with Vision

William Cochran, an artist with incredible vision, is coming to Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes this May.  For four incredible days learn from the master himself.

He is able to create with a dreamlike quality, affecting his viewers on a deeper level.  He draws them in, producing profound historic images that resonate deep in the soul.  Light spills through Cochran’s rich stained glass, setting the landscape or room awash in glorious color.  The depth and beauty of his designs are truly astounding.  From masonry, steel, stone, stained glass, trompe l’oeil to incredible works in pain, his work is renowned.

A few of his completed or ongoing acclaimed projects are:

  • The Civil Rights Memorial: Cornerstone.  Depicting the two century long battle for equality.
  • The American City.  A raised light sculpture for the West Baltimore MARC station.
  • Pillar of Fire.  A sensational, glass tower, which is a beacon of light for all those who have served in the fight against HIV/AIDS since 1980.

Call today to sign up for William Cochran’s class here at Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes May 2nd through May 5th for his prerequisite Core Level 1 class followed by his Level 2 Still Life class held May 7th through May 10th.  The cost per class is $1498.00.  Register in advance as they fill up fast!

Call to register 800-797-4305

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