Column: Continued questions from the desk of Randy SorrelL


Q26. Must everything be some shade of gray for interiors?

  • Great observation, and there is an overtly strong design sense toward gray paint and tile presently. Repose, intelligent and mindful grays and silver strand are some of our picks. Gray, defined as an intermediate color between black and white, is considered achromatic, meaning without color. As much as we love it, it does seem a little overdone.

Q27. Sounds boring.

  • Or incredibly clean and elegant! A professional interior designer guiding the finishes and materials will pull everything together and add color and drama to the degree you are hoping. Or, employ a more diverse color palette.

Q28. Are my shiny brass cabinet pulls and doorknobs out of style now?

  • Sorry, but the shiny, lacquered brass popular in the ’70s and ’80s is dated (unfortunate news for my upstairs bathrooms).  Today’s relevant gold finish is soft and very rich. Delta’s champagne bronze is an accurate description.

Q29. Thrill us with a few details of the featured project!

  • This master shower is dripping with style and elegance and is a small part of a massive Carmel remodel project. We miss the wonderful homeowners.
  • The Carrara polished marble tile installed vertically with clean joints lends a modern vibe to the space. Yes, lots of grays and whites. Beautifully elegant, very livable and open.
  • The mosaic tile on the back of the niche is punctuated with pencil trim, all marble, except the glass shelf.
  • Notice the upscale champagne bronze finish on the shower fixtures and the adjustable shower nozzle!
  • A stunning fixed and frameless shower panel (no door) adds perceived space and clean visuals.

A timeless material, marble is always in style. Just like you.


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