Cambria Style Magazine’s Summer 2021 Trend Report

Six designers seek balance between dramatic and delicate design styles.

Written by:Cambria USA
A classically styled island with Cambria Ironsbridge Matte quartz countertop

Cambria design shown: Ironsbridge™

No. 1: Naturally Feminine

Clients recently asked interior designer Jewel Marlowe to capture nature’s tranquility with a twist. “The goal was a very feminine take on natural elements,” says Marlowe. Thus, her dining room design is a dance between strength and softness. Note how the monochromatic blush of the forest mural wall covering from Fine & Dandy “feels like a sophisticated, moody color.” Brittanicca Gold Warm™ in Cambria Matte® provides a similarly sophisticated mix of beige tones, pearlized creams, and faded pinks.

The finished Cambria Brittanicca Gold Warm Matte quartz table with cedar base
Cambria Brittanicca Gold Warm quartz dining room table top in room designed by Jewel Marlowe

Cambria deisgn shown: Brittanicca Gold Warm™

No. 2: Dark and Dreamy

Kitchens were once all white, all the time. Now, homeowners dare to embrace deeper colors and statement-making backsplash patterns—like in this cool kitchen. The room has become a central family hub for designer + contractor duo and founders of construction2style Jamie & Morgan Molitor. “We wanted the kitchen to inspire us daily,” she says. “We like to think outside the box and challenge ourselves to go big and bold with any room we design.”

A kitchen with black cabinets, a unique tiled backsplash, wooden shelving, hood, and bar stools, and white quartz countertops.

Cambria deisgn shown: Delgatie™

No. 3: Set the Scene

Bold wall coverings—not your grandmother’s wallpaper—are making a comeback in chic homes. Today, some of the most important gathering spaces are being designed around scene-stealing wall statements. That includes this dream of a kitchen by interior designer Jim Dove, punctuated with Ironsbridge Matte™ Cambria on the island countertop and flanking the stove range. “Now, people want their kitchens to be as interesting as the rest of their home,” he explains. Dove’s striking background, L’Eden mural by De Gournay, is shrouded behind museum-quality glass to both protect the delicate pattern and amp up the impression of prestige. With options from graphic geometrics to jungle landscapes—it can be hard for homeowners to choose. But when in doubt, consider Dove’s golden rule: “I want it to look as though the surroundings had actually jumped right out of the painting.”

A classically styled island with Cambria Ironsbridge Matte quartz countertop

Cambria deisgn shown: Ironsbridge

No. 4: Outside Inside Living

For a West Hollywood home with plenty of fêtes in its future, designer Julia Wong focused on a key feature of California living: the sunshine. With its sharp, clean lines and minimalist tone, this open-air kitchen allows the backyard landscape to take center stage. The large window above the sink opens outward to reveal an alfresco dining area. It’s a perfect pass to transfer food and drink for outdoor entertaining.

an outdoor patio with a grill and easy access to the kitchen through a giant window.

Cambria design shown: Ironsbridge Matte™

No. 5: Nordic Netural

Scandinavian style remains a popular aesthetic trend for the less-is-more, time-is-of-the-essence minded crowd. Thanks to its focus on clean lines, lighter wooden tones (especially the favored white oak), and not to mention the overall highly functional, nary one dish out of place doctrine, this no nonsense style is both sleek and efficient. But that’s not to say you can’t have any fun, says Michelle Adams, a Michigan-based creative consultant, designer, and editor. “Cambria’s Bentley™ quartz’s high contrast pattern is a showstopper. It immediately became the dominant design element in my bathroom,” she says. “To balance the look, I paired it with streamlined cabinetry, crisp white walls and floors, and an antique mirror to juxtapose the room’s modern aesthetic."

Shower walls in floor-to-ceiling Cambria Bentley quartz design

Cambria deisgn shown: Bentley

No. 6: Playful Ease

Livability, playfulness, and timelessness: they’re concepts that don’t often play nicely together. Nevertheless, Atlanta-based designer and television personality Vern Yip focused on integrating all three in this thoroughly modern kitchen. Yip loves to enliven spaces with unexpected bric-a-brac sourced from flea markets—like the antique rocking horse above the refrigerator. “Nobody wants to live in a museum,” he explains. “We don’t live like that today.” A bubbly copper light fixture continues this playful spirit, while the French doors add glamour. The overall design is sophisticated yet lighthearted.

Cambria Queen Anne quartz kitchen waterfall countertop in kitchen designed by Vern Yip
a stunning dining room with a table topped with gray quartz countertops and glass chairs.

Cambria design shown: Queen Anne™

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