Buh-bye, casual Friday. Interior design is turning its eye to the well-dressed gentleman as its latest design trend. Inspiration from menswear was mentioned by both Walker Zanger and Wilsonart as they unveiled new products at the 2015 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show. From color palettes to tile patterns, classic tailoring translates well to certain spaces in the home. Our editors took the hint and found six new products to create a masculine bar space dressed in a sharp suit. here's a look at what we found, clockwise from top left.
Houndstooth, argyle, and numerous other menswear-inspired patterns comprise Walker Zanger's Sterling Row tile collection. The designs blend wood-patterned porcelain tile with marble accents in gray, white, and black tones. Suitable for walls, floors, and even poolside, other patterns include Tuxedo (shown), Wingtip, Oxford, and more. walkerzanger.com.
Light Bulb Moment
Progress Lighting's Swing collection features this six-light fixture with a mechanical linear frame design. Brass accents and steel cables evoke crafted strength, and the long, narrow design fits perfectly over an island or bar. A five-light chandelier and three-light close-to-ceiling fixture round out the collection. progresslighting.com.
Wilsonart is adding stone surfaces to its product line, including numerous elegant and dapper patterns. Twenty-one Wilsonart Quartz options are currently available, with another 29 forthcoming. The 50-pattern collection will break down into four categories based on texture and structure of the material. wilsonart.com.
On the Rocks
Time to pour the scotch. True's 15-inch Clear Ice Machine can store 28 pounds of ice and produce and impressive 70 pounds of ice per day for heavy entertaining, and still boasts an Energy Star label and uses less water than other clear ice machines. Install it beside the maker's undercounter refrigeration and wine chiller options for a fully-outfitted bar. true-residential.com.
Dutch Boy named the slate-like Coal Blue its 2015 Color of the Year. The hue is one of five in the Live Your Moment collection designed to inspire and empower. We think Coal Blue's confident intensity makes the perfect steely backdrop to this clean-cut bar space. dutchboy.com.
Test Your Metal
MasterBrand's KitchenCraft brand introduces aluminum-framed doors that pair perfectly with dark wood cabinets for a masculine look. Designers can choose from several widths of aluminum profiles for the doors, as well as glass inserts in clear, frosted, patterned, or painted options. kitchencraft.com.