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David Grimes

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#1 posted 09-01-2011 05:17 AM

Only since 2007 has housing been a questionable investment, so the “experienced investment pro” doesn’t have to be any older than 25 to pass on that “wisdom”.

As for tastes not being the same, I guess that depends on locale, too. I can nail 80-90 percent of clients’ wants very quickly and then filter that through through the “budget” and “custom design but tastefully neutral” filters to arrive at solutions that fit the job. Rarely does something get done that would be downright objectionable to a near-to-mid-future buyer.

Some things go and never some back (avacado and burnt orange appliances). I believe stainless will stay popular forever in commercial and high-end kitchens… and therefore never really go OUT of style for lesser ones.

Bright brass has been out. Antique brass will return before polished brass does. Locksets and door hinges aplenty for the dumpster in both of the brasses. Brushed nickel, brushed stainless, pewter and the bronzes (oil-rubbed and venetian) will be with us for awhile in lighting and hardware. Matte black hardware and black as an accent color are really strong (and don’t get old and boring because they aren’t a color. They all co-exist pretty well. All my interior doors are ordered with dull chrome hinges to get away from the brass.

Copper has long been a niche finish and style that if tastefully done has and will pass the test of time. It’s like claw foot tubs… they can be placed and fitted for a forever cool look… or they can look like some funky afterthought.

Maybe your builders suck where you live. ;=)

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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