Vibrant, energetic colors is one of the top remodeling trends seen in 2014, according to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) in its Member Profile Study data.

This year, design experts agree it’s all about color and creating contrasts, from pairing classic with contemporary styles to infusing touches of color into the timeless combination of black and white. Since most appliances are basic black, white or stainless steel, bold bursts of color are appearing on other surfaces.

“Bright colors are very trendy, especially in contemporary kitchens,” says George Edwards, CRA, CKBR, GCP, NARI awards chairman and chief operations officer of A & C Kitchens and Baths in Chester, Pa. “Color is a great way to create harmony, especially in open concept kitchens that flow into other parts of living and dining room space.”

In many of this year’s winning CotY designs, bolder colors such as blues, oranges, sunny yellows and avocado greens complement stainless steel and darker cabinet colors with neutral white finishes.

What is making color trends different is fusing them together in fresh and inventive ways. Colors found in nature, such as relaxing silver blues, gray/greens and earthy browns, remain popular, but are now being integrated with bursts of poppy, vibrant pink, daiquiri green or purple. Warm yellow and red shades continue to be popular in kitchens because of their comforting and subtle hues. Coppery browns and Aztec clay colors—such as henna, ginger and gold tones—are also popular choices.

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