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In This Issue:

Front Page
Los Angeles Bond Addresses Housing Affordability Crisis
Mortgage Rate Dip Gives Home Buyers More Good News
Play Builders' Free Online Pro Football. Don't Drop the Ball.
Share Nation's Building News With Your Staff. It's Free.
Coast to Coast
Slowdown Hits Banks
Politics & Government
Millions of Pricey Homes Could Trigger Estate Taxes in 2011
States Bring Property Tax Relief in Recent Sessions
Economics & Finance
Builders Pursue Opening Up U.S. Lumber Market
Poor People in Wealthy Areas Die at Higher Rate, Study Finds
Eye on the Economy: Housing Demand May Be Stabilizing
Useful Links to Monitor Economic and Housing Trends
Remodeling Market Could Top $359 Billion a Year by 2015
Who Will Build It When They Come?
Builder’s Tip: A Simple Way to Close Off Window Openings
L.A. Trolley Station Becomes Award-Winning Apartments
Want to Know More About Designations? Ask an Expert
Education Calendar
Register for 2007 Builders' Show by Nov. 17 and Save
Construction Safety
OSHA Inspectors See Safety Through the Eyes of a Builder
Indoor/Outdoor Chores Prepare Home for Winter Cold
Cranberry Bog Ruling Adds to Wetlands Jurisdiction Debate
Settlement Proposed for Steel Tubing Lawsuit
Workforce housing
Apply for 2006 Workforce Housing Awards by Nov. 17
HBI, Louisiana Tech Schools Help to Rebuild New Orleans
Building Products
Viking Microwaves Now Come in a Rainbow of Colors
NAHB-Produced Programs on HGTV & DIY This Week
Webcast Seminar Featuring Centex CEO Draws 4,000
Association News
Winchester Homes Honored for '25 Acts of Charity'
Reader Survey: Tell Us What Housing News Is Important to You
GM $500 Off Exclusive Offer for NAHB Members
UPS Offers Up to 30% Discount to NAHB Members on Shipping
New York Builders Recognized for Pediatric Respite House
Calendar of Events
NAHB Career Center

Viking Microwaves Now Come in a Rainbow of Colors

With consumer trends pointing in the direction of wider and brighter color palettes in the kitchen, Viking Range Corporation is now offering its microwave and convection microwaves in the 14 color finishes available in its Professional Series product line.

Headquartered in Greenwood, Miss., Viking Range Corporation is a member of the National Council of the Housing Industry — The Supplier 100 of NAHB.

Viking says that it is the only manufacturer to offer such color options for its microwave oven line.

“By adding so many color options to our microwave line, Viking enables home owners to incorporate a microwave oven into their kitchen seamlessly, regardless of appliance color choice,” said Sue Bailey, the company’s manager of product development, major appliances.

Professional Series color choices include stainless steel, black, white, almond, biscuit, stone gray, graphite gray, burgundy, lemonade, mint julep, forest green, Viking blue, cobalt blue and eggplant. The Designer Series color choice is stainless steel.

From the design front, Nancy Kebschull, a member of the Color Marketing Group and visuals coordinator for Reico Kitchen & Bath, advises choosing three colors for a room: a dominant color for walls, floor covering and fabric background; a secondary color in fabrics and accessories; and an accent color that’s used sparingly.

Among the guidelines Kebschull offers designers:

  • Limit the number of colors from two to four.
  • Use colors in distinctly difference quantities.
  • Repeat colors more than once in a room.
  • Balance color in a room by repeating the colors throughout the space itself.

The latest design information from Viking is available from the manufacturer’s quarterly publication, “The Edge.”

This feature is solely for educational and informational purposes. Nothing on this page should be construed as policy, an endorsement, warranty or guaranty by the National Association of Home Builders of the featured product or the product manufacturer. The National Association of Home Builders expressly disclaims any responsibility for any damages arising from the use, application or reliance on any information contained on this page.


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