With each design project we designers are always looking for new things to use. When it comes to kitchens, the counter tops are a particular source of challenge. It truly feels that there are no new ideas even though the industry is constantly bringing out new products. The movement towards green materials has helped propelled new products even more than before.
There are many ways to measure the impact on the environment by these new materials. One of the things to look for is the ability to make use of what is already there but in a different way. We also can be green by creating something that looks like their non-green alternative. The creative finishes that can be produced by good artisans are quite realistic. They also allow us to use these simulated materials in ways that the original ones could not be implemented or at least not within budget.
Unique raw materials are becoming scarce and clients increasingly want to use them. Being able to replicate them can save time and money. The ability to do what we call fantasy finishes can also be very exciting. You can have a realistic looking one or a completely personalized creation.
Creative Finishes and Alternative Uses for Concrete
Terri Roberts is a certified faux artisan and has created some good ideas for decorative finishes that have a large variety of uses. The fact that they can be installed over your existing counter tops is a very cool and green idea. The company Terri works for, Addy’s Room, does all kinds of concrete installations from counter tops to custom flooring.
While interviewing Terri Roberts at the Minneapolis home show, we learned some of the ways she expresses her talent at decorative finishes. Her samples were amazing. She displayed a variety of realistic stone and fantasy ones. Some that looked as if they could have come from nature but personalized so nobody else before will have seen it.
Check out the interview below:
Designers, a Client’s Best Defense
A designer can help you navigate these uncharted waters so you do not make a costly mistake. It is a delicate balance between a fantasy finish and an unattractive one. Being on the cutting edge and unique is great. Crossing the line into odd or just plain tacky could become quite an embarrassment.
Remember, your options are only limited by your designer’s imagination and your willingness to push your comfort zone.