56 / BUILDING DIALOGUE / March 2018 Kestrel’s Amanda Klein Offers Color, Texture, Finish Faves Amanda Klein Senior Designer, Kestrel Design Group Designer Approved 2 3 4 5 1. Allsteel Harvest Table The move to standing meetings is facilitated by Allsteel with its Harvest table. Offering the table in three different styles, original, rustic (shown) and metal, allows a design- er to select a table complementary to the entire aesthetic. Additionally, power can be added to the table. Located on a shelf below the main surface, people can plug-in during their meetings without phones littering the tabletop and distracting from the meeting. And they work great at open huddles and break rooms. vest?path=Harvest-Collaborative 2. CF Stinson Sleek Vinyl upholstery can be a necessary evil; it is definitely re- quired in messy areas but can be a boring finish on nice, new furniture. CF Stinson Sleek changes all that. With its tex- tured finish, a sheen that sits somewhere between matte and glossy, and availability in a range of eye-popping colors, it cre- ates visual interest and energizes a sometimes drab uphol- stery. And best of all, it’s highly affordable, allowing a designer to provide a designed upgrade without the upgrade in price. fid=367771 3. Geos Recycled Glass When designing, I rarely desire to use just neutral colors on cabinets and countertops. However, large expanses of an accent color can be too much for some projects and many times, selected accent colors are not available in plastic lam- inate or solid surface. Geos Recycled Glass provide counter- tops that have just enough color to create interest. Available in a variety of colors, these provide enough color to quench my thirst and create a striking countertop. 4. Daltile Amityk I love using glass tile as a backsplash, it brings a sophisti- cated touch to a project. Unfortunately, there are times when glass tile prices itself out of a budget before design even begins. Daltile’s Amity collection puts glass tile back on the table. Manufactured thinner than standard glass tile allows for a significant drop in price, potentially saving $10 a square foot. 5. Pantone Color of the Year Designers look to Pantone each year for its selection of Color of the Year. This year’s color, ultra violet, has Denverites thinking baseball. Designers in cities with professional sports teams typically stay away from finish palettes that focus on a team’s colors. However, this gorgeous purple hue is too great to pass up. Consider a color scheme utilizing the triadic or tetradic counterparts to this color; having two or three more accent colors will lessen the impact of the purple and not have people thinking of the team from LoDo. 1