The difference between good design and great design? The details. It’s the little moments that someone might not even notice at first glance, but actually take the most time and forethought, that give a space its heart. Case in point, this crazy cool loft. At a cursory glance, you can immediately see it’s a chic space. But it takes a second look to discover the details that take the design to the next level.


Because this loft is actually designed with a specific goal in mind – turning accents into statements. The concept is rather genius. Earlier this year, six well known accent brands came together to form the Elevate Design Collective and collaborate to renovate a loft in Soho that was recently revealed during NYC Design Week. Schlage, Jeld Wen Windows & Door, Formica Corporation, KitchenAid, Hunter and Delta were tasked with the same challenge: to integrate a custom Pantone color, developed exclusively for this space, into their product. So cool.

Pantone created Single Malt, a rich, earthy copper-y hue that the designers used to add warmth to the loft’s urban, modern vibe. I love the way the color was incorporated into the open concept kitchen. For example, Formica Corporation, known for their innovative surfacing products, created a custom Bourbon Trail laminate in a marble design for the kitchen’s countertops. The brand’s 180fx® large-scale laminate line recreates real, true-to-scale stone and granite patterns and was able to incorporate Single Malt in the veining, helping the kitchen to take on a more approachable warm feel. But there are more subtle details as well.

Did you spot all the places Single Malt color popped up throughout the space? Creating this look in your own kitchen would be very easy. With a base of classic black & white, you can add pops of warmth to create a timeless space.


single malt pantone color / pendant light / cake stand / kitchenaid mixer / delta faucet / salad tongs / black bar stool / formica / white subway tile / bread board / serving bowl / dutch oven / JELD-WEN doors

If you didn’t know to look, you might miss them. The Single Malt-tinged edging on the pantry doors by JELD WEN Windows & Door, the accents on the Delta Trinsic® Pro faucet, a chic-looking high-tech faucet that turns on with just a touch via the Touch20® Technology. The brand added a special arm to hold the faucet head in place for that Single Malt touch. You have to look closely to spy the pop of color on the ends of the KitchenAid refrigerator pulls! All of the details are understated, chic and inspiring. They’re what will make you stop and say wow, I wish I had thought of something like that.

This is such a great reminder as I work to put the finishing touches on our renovation. Sure, any room can look pulled together, but when you put in that little extra thought or creative idea it makes a room personal and truly unique. I don’t have my own custom Pantone color, but I’m going to do my best.

You can enter to win a $500 gift card for your own project courtesy of the ELEVATE Design Collective. They’ll be choosing three winners, so be sure to enter here between now and September 16th!

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This post is sponsored by the ELEVATE Design Collective. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thanks for supporting posts that keep apartment 34’s doors open.

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