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7 Herringbone Design Ideas | North Carolina Custom Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 @ 08:10 AM

7 Herringbone Design Ideas

With more home buyers asking for custom ideas for their new homes, we've compiled our seven favorite ways to integrate a herringbone pattern.

What is a herringbone pattern?  A herringbone design is composed of rectangles, arranged to resemble the skeleton of a fish, such as a herring.

Typically, you will find a herringbone design laid in brick and tile. Get ideas for your kitchen back splash, master bath tile, fireplace surround, and exterior brick design, with these herringbone pattern examples.

Herringbone Design Idea #1: Brick Siding

A brick herringbone pattern draws the eye upwards, along this two story front entrance. An exterior pattern like this works best when crafted as a subtle detail.

North Carolina Custom Homes | Herringbone Brick Patterns

Also in this custom home design photo: the shape of the mounted lantern light mirrors the shape of the keystone accents above the front door and arched windows. And a custom colored concrete spans the driveway and entrance landing. 

Herringbone Design Idea #2: Tile Back Splash

Placed inside a dark brown brick pattern, a light tan tile herringbone inlay rests above this gas range. This is a kitchen design that will stand the test of time, with the classic elegance of a herringbone design and the modern must-have of an extra large cooking station.

North Carolina Custom Homes | Herringbone Tile Pattern

The granite counter tops pull this kitchen design together, drawing in a range of tones from dark browns to light tans.

Herringbone Design Idea #3: Full Wall Range Accent

White tile in a brick pattern is one of the most requested features in a contemporary custom home kitchen.

This kitchen spices things up, by adding a white brick herringbone pattern from the cooktop to the ceiling.

North Carolina Custom Homes | Herringbone Tile Pattern

Herringbone Design Idea #4: Subtle Kitchen Tile

If you love kitchens with a more traditional feel, consider going subtle with a small, inlay herringbone design.

This custom pattern uses the same tile as the surrounding back splash to create a blended feel for a more traditional kitchen.

North Carolina Custom Homes | Herringbone Tile Pattern

Herringbone Design Idea #5: Master Bath Tile Floor

Don't forget about the master bathroom - the second most popular place to include a herringbone design.

Extra long rectangle tiles create a herringbone design across this master bath floor.

North Carolina Custom Homes | Herringbone Tile Pattern

Herringbone Design Idea #6: Tile Accent in the Shower

Similar to a kitchen back splash, a small accent area or a single wall in the shower can be the perfect place to integrate a herringbone pattern.

North Carolina Custom Homes | Herringbone Tile Pattern

Herringbone Design Idea #7: Fireplace Surround

An off-center herringbone pattern adds personality to this screen room fireplace. A single row of wood planks on each side keeps the design simple and handsome.

North Carolina Custom Homes | Herringbone Tile Pattern

 

Contact Stanton Homes to learn more about building a custom home in North Carolina. 

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Fun Kids Bathroom Ideas - How to Design For Kids

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Dec 03, 2013 @ 18:12 PM

Kids Bathroom Design Ideas

How to design kid spaces into your new home

Houzz and Pinterest are great for sparking new home kitchen and great room ideas, but don't stop there!  Photos like these can also inspire your own creative designs for kid spaces.

Here's how easy it is to personalize their spaces: 

Kids bathroom ideas #1: Jack and Jill bathroom

Jack and Jill bathrooms are one of the most popular approaches to shared kids space, with built-in details that fit their needs and personalities.

Kids bathroom ideas | How to design kid spaces

 

Take a look at these photos of popular Jack and Jill and split style bathrooms for kids:

Split bathroom:

In a split bathroom, the first room has a vanity and spacious closet. The second room has a vanity, tub and shower, and toilet facilities.

 

   

Jack and Jill style bathroom:

Kids bathroom ideas | How to design kid spaces

 

 

In a Jack and Jill style bathroom, each of two bedrooms has a private entrance to the bathroom (or split bathroom).

 

 

 

 

 

Kids bathroom ideas #2: Fun tile designs

Custom tile designs make kids bathrooms lively. Your interior designer will help you choose from nearly endless selections, to make the space special for your children. 

Kids bathroom ideas - How to design kid spaces into your new home

Tiles should be strategically placed, for maximum fun.

For younger kids, consider tile designs in the shower/tub area and on the floor. In this example, the floor is outlined in a bubble black tile design.

Kids bathroom ideas - How to design kid spaces into your new home

For pre-teens and teenagers, a separate tub and shower layout can be fun - with distinct tile designs that add depth.   A special set up such as this can also double as a mother-in-law suite or au pair suite.

Kids bathroom ideas - How to design kid spaces into your new home

Special details like a checker board tile design, cute towel hooks, or classic wainscoting can add a lot of character (without a lot of cost) to kids bathrooms.

Kids bathroom ideas #3: Kid-height storage

From towels to toiletries, easy-to-use places to put things away is a must for kids bathrooms. Consider creative ways to add storage to your kid's bath - like these built-in ideas.

Kids bathroom ideas - How to design kid spaces into your new home

Full vanity with tons of cabinet space, separated from the shower room. While there is only one sink, expanded cabinet space offers plenty of hidden storage.

Kids bathroom ideas - How to design kid spaces into your new home

 Floor-to-ceiling cubbie closet. This tucked-in closet takes advantage of otherwise unused sqaure footage, and creates more usability in the kids bathroom.

Kids bathroom ideas - How to design kid spaces into your new home

Built-in open shelf storage, for those who want to display (rather than hide) towels and toiletries.

Kids bathroom ideas - How to design kid spaces into your new home

Open vanity for laundry or towel basket storage. As kids grow, this can be used as a dressing area (with make-up chair below the counter).

Kids bathroom ideas #4: Paint colors

Are your kids creative? Consider asking for their ideas when designing their bathroom. They could even come up with something truly usable you might not have thought about - or perhaps they'll just choose a favorite color that adds splash. Either way, they'll feel like they get to choose something - and that's part of what makes custom homes so fun for families.  

Kids bathroom ideas - How to design kid spaces

Baby blue bathroom with white vanity. A thin metallic accents the soft tile shower.

Kids bathroom ideas - how to design kid spaces

Dual color bedroom. Fire truck red and bright white make this the perfect boy's room.

No matter what you choose to do with your custom home, make it great with your own creative touches - and involve the kids when you can.  

See more kids and guest bathroom photos on Houzz - click here.

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2014 Fireplace Design Trends | Photos of Fireplace Designs

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 @ 06:01 AM

2014 Fireplace Ideas and Photos

Fireplace Design Trends

Here are photos and descriptions of our top 5 most popular 2014 fireplace design trends. Find inspiration for your new home - see which fireplace design suites your personality (and your family's needs) best, below.

2014 Fireplace Design Trend #1: Outdoor Living Fireplaces

2014 Fireplace Design Trends | Photos of Fireplace Designs

New home buyers are making outdoor living spaces even more functional - by adding a fireplace.

With an exterior fireplace, homeowners can enjoy a warm and inviting fire during gatherings or quiet evenings.

This see-through fireplace connects the rear courtyard patio to the living room - taken from a version of the Country Manor.

2014 Fireplace Design Trend #2: See-through Fireplaces

2014 Fireplace Design Trends | Photos of Fireplace Designs

 

2014 new homes will see more see-through fireplace designs, inside and out.

 

This see-through fireplace connects the sunroom to the two-story family room - taken from a version of the Summerlyn.

 

 

2014 Fireplace Design Trend #3: Two-Story Fireplaces

2014 Fireplace Design Trends | Photos of Fireplace Designs

2014 new homes will also take fireplace to the next level, literally.

This impressive two story stone fireplace - visible from every angle, including the two-story overlook - was included in a version of Le Chalet Vert.

Contact us to talk about your floor plan design - and we'll tell you how to incorporate a two-story fireplace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Fireplace Design Trend #4: Entertainment Center Fireplaces

2014 Fireplace Design Trends | Photos of Fireplace Designs

Fireplaces designed to accommodate an entertainment center will continue to be popular in 2014 new homes.

In this family room, dual sconces and a built in bookcase add elegance and functionality.

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Fireplace Design Trend #5: Master Suite Fireplaces

2014 Fireplace Design Trends | Photos of Fireplace Designs

 

More master suites will include fireplaces in 2014. Who can resist such a cozy atmosphere?

In addition to a fireplace, the master suite pictured here includes several custom  touches:

- Angled sitting room

- Separate his-and-hers closets

- Vaulted ceiling

 

Watch photo tours of the homes pictured in this article by clicking on the images below:

Let us know the elements that appeal to you. Tell us more about your priorities and the lot and community where you want to build. And we’ll suggest floor plans to consider as a starting point. Click here to contact Stanton Homes or call us at 919-278-8070. 

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