Designer Kim Lewis Highlights Hot Kitchen Design Trends for 2014 at NYC Design Show, Sponsored by Prizer Hoods

Prizer Hoods to Showcase Unique Custom Hoods for Designers, Architects and Homeowners


Reading, PA, March 20, 2014 – Architectural designer Kim Lewis, known for being the lead designer of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition“, will be highlighting her unique perspective on the top kitchen design trends for 2014 in the Prizer Hoods booth (#476) on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at the Architectural Digest Home Design show in New York City.  Lewis, who designed the Prizer Hoods booth, created the space with 2014 kitchen trends in mind to showcase the latest in cutting-edge design and performance within the kitchen hood space.

“The Prizer Hoods display was inspired by the displays found in an art gallery.  The Prizer Hoods booth design encourages visitors to define their own style,” says Lewis.  “The Prizer Hoods exhibit showcases the customization aspect of Prizer Hoods by pairing a select color and finish option with a unique shape or hood profile to tell the kitchen style story for 2014.  This booth helps to serve an example of how designers and clients can work together to create a unique design statement.”

“Designers walking the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design show will be excited to see customization and new color offerings that any designer would deem exciting and on-trend,” says Eliza Sheffield, vice president of marketing for Prizer Hoods.  “In the past, hoods have been more of an afterthought in kitchen design.  Prizer Hoods wants to show that hoods can and should be a piece of art in your kitchen.”

Lewis adds, “Prizer Hoods offers a range of customizable options that are unlimited as far as hoods go in the kitchen world.  This display shows the fun and endless possibilities that exist when a homeowner and designer work together.”

The top trends for 2014 focus on individuality and customization specifically in the areas of color, texture and shape within the kitchen.  According to Lewis, the design focus for 2014 is on personalization, carving out a defined design philosophy and creating a fresh start.  Color is often the first thing homeowners turn to when looking to spruce up a living area.  This year, when it comes to the application of color, Lewis suggests taking an organic approach by looking to the following trends that are leading the 2014 color renaissance:

  • Neutrals – This year, gray is the superstar of the neutrals family.  Lewis calls gray the “softer side of black.”  Not to be forgotten, black continues to speak to the high-end homeowner looking for the feel of an industrial-style design.
  • Muted Tones – The “soft as a feather” look lends itself to the color used sparingly theme.  This pallet includes white on white, tone on tone and light, airy looks.  “In this color combination, we see the backdrop as white or soft in tone, while a hierarchy or focal color becomes center stage.  This is the perfect pallet to pop one color in for a dramatic visual.  “A white kitchen represents a fresh start and simplicity as homeowner’s eyes are tired from all the busy color mixes of the past.  Lewis explains, “This year, design is being translated into a more simplified life via white.  Starting with white as a backdrop alloys for a stunning design when paired with solid surface countertops and colored appliances used as accents.”
  • Vagabond Style – Rich in color and heritage, this combination is inspired by lands far away and is perfect for the homeowner that appreciates color and the story it evokes.  Deep Moroccan jewel tones like spicy hot pinks and rich emerald greens are popular for those who love to accentuate a neutral kitchen with pops of color.  Lewis says, “Color is joy.  These deep, rich colors show an awareness and appreciation of other cultures.”  This season we are seeing designs inspired by a more molecular viewpoint.  Up close and personal, colors and textures found in nature are inspiring patterns and trends in design this year.  Another uber popular color choice to incorporate into a kitchen is Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid.  This bold color will be showcased in the Prizer Hoods both with the Manhattan island hood.

Other design trends Lewis highlights include:

Textures & Finishes: Texture is no longer limited to just kitchen textiles.  Instead, texture has extended out to appliances and finishes.  The doors beyond the world of stainless steel finishes are wide open.  Other metallic options have emerged that quell the fear of being labeled as gaudy or out of place.  The new class of metals are not just a fad, but on trend with the promise of longevity.  Lewis predicts, “The luxury kitchen hood standard of stainless-steel is going to be replaced by on-trend metals including copper and other metals that reflect a high-end touch without being boring or predictable.”  One unexpected metallic that is seeing a renewal in popularity is brass.  At Prizer Hood’s show exhibit, expect to see brass showcased in several forms including polished brass and mirrored brass which gives off a cool, throwback 1970s vibe.  Brushed brass, a designer favorite, is an old-school Hollywood regency style that exudes luxurious glamour.

Unique Profiles: Expect to see shapes in the kitchen that are unique.  Incorporating a uniquely shaped appliance, such as a minimalist profile of the London Flat hood, gives a kitchen the look of being trendy without appearing abrasive.  Lewis lists the Prizer Hood’s Hampton as a favorite as it “looks like you stumbled into an old restaurant industrial kitchen.”  Another featured hood that’s Kim Lewis approved is the brushed brass Pagoda, which has an Asian flair that is reminiscent of a Japanese garden.

Open Floor Plans: With the current economy, homeowners have relocated to smaller homes with open studio style kitchens.  Homeowners need kitchens to have a cohesive design that integrates function.  Prizer Hoods provides the opportunity to place a hood anywhere in the kitchen.  Lewis offers, “As more people cook and entertain at home, it’s popular to have a kitchen range and hood located in the center of the kitchen as opposed to having it banished to a back corner.  There is greater demand for more design friendly hoods.”  Looking for an option for a larger kitchen space?  Mega-islands remain popular, providing an area for prepping a meal, cooking and socializing with guests.  The unique profiles and shapes of Prizer Hoods make sure to keep the cook at the heart of the kitchen while entertaining.

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