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Clever Ideas for Paint Accents, Patterns, and Colors in Raleigh Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Sep 08, 2014 @ 08:09 AM

Clever Ideas for Wall Paint

Accents, Patterns, and Color Tips

While colors will come in and out of popularity, the tricks on how to use those colors will stay the same.

Learn where to place an accent wall, how to integrate multiple color tones, and get ideas for patterns and colors in your new home.

Paint an Entertainment Center

When you're looking up at a two story wall, it will feel more aesthetically pleasing if there is trim, art work, or an accent piece placed roughly two-thirds up a wall.

Your walls will seem more balanced, without losing out on first impressions the dramatic height of the room will create.

In this Raleigh custom home, an accent color topped with white trim delineates an entertainment center, giving your eyes something to focus on in this expansive, window filled room.

Get more tips on how to design and decorate two story rooms here

Wall Paint Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

 

Paint an Accent Wall

You'll have much more flexibility when picking accent colors than primary wall colors. While your main wall color should be flexible enough that it can go with - and enhance - many other colors, the sky is the limit for an accent wall.

Love a shades of blue? Add a dark accent wall in the living room, and use a tile back splash that feature blue tones in the kitchen.

House Paint Ideas | Raleigh Custom Homes

Paint Wainscoting

While wainscoting is generally talked about as a lower wall treatment found most often in formal dining rooms and bathrooms, painted wainscoting designs that span the full height of the room are becoming more popular. 

Wall Paint Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

 

Paint a Ceiling

Shades of grey have been hugely popular for the past several years, popping up as a motif in million dollar homes, contemporary designs, and craftsman style lodges.

In this luxury custom home, a light grey coats the walls, and a dark grey makes the ceiling pop against white beams.

House Paint Ideas | Raleigh Custom Homes

Paint an alcove, nook, or art display space

Consider adding a splash of color to an alcove, nook or art space. These spaces are small, and can be easily repainted, so you can use a trendy splash of color without hesitating.

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Accent an Entire Room

Formal dining rooms are a favorite place to add an accent color, distinct from the rest of the home. Red formal dining rooms are very traditional, and a frequent request in Raleigh custom homes.

A painted ceiling will draw your color upwards - and give the dining room a more distinct space.

House Paint Ideas | Raleigh Custom Homes

Darken the Master Suite

Dark walls will create a more intimate feel in the master bedroom - especially when paired with ample natural light coming through your private back yard. If your primary house paint color is a neutral beige, consider a warm tan or brown for the master suite.

House Paint Ideas | Raleigh Custom Homes

Blue Master Baths

Blue is associated with images of freshness (clean water) and goodness (blue skies, blue ocean, delicate Robin’s eggs), which is probably why it is such a commonly used “go to” choice for the master bathroom.

Blue and white as a color combination is as traditional as black and white, and in terms of decorating, the combination of blue and white boasts an even longer history.

And a blue and white master suite will distinguish your personal spaces from the rest of your home.

House Paint Ideas | Raleigh Custom Homes

Paint a Centerpiece Accent Wall

Find a neutral shade you love, and use it throughout your home. Then, find a color one or two shades darker on the same pre-made color strips. Add the darker colors in accent areas.

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Paint a Two-Tone Room

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Two-tone accent walls can add dimension to your home.

The key to incorporating an accent wall is to find ways to incorporate the same colors, textures, or tones in other rooms throughout the home.

If you decide on a red formal dining room, consider adding a stripe of red in a kids bedroom or game room.

 

Paint a Three-Tone Room

Three shades of a soft blue paint give a beach-house feel to this Raleigh craftsman home (the square windows are a customary craftsman feature).

House Paint Ideas | Raleigh Custom Homes

 

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

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Color Guide: How to Use Black in Your NC New Home Interior Design

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Aug 18, 2014 @ 15:08 PM

Where to Use the Color Black

NC New Home Interior Design Using Black

 

The color black is cropping up in new ways in 2014 NC new homes - as a paint pigment, fixture finish, tile tone, and kitchen appliance color. 

The use of black makes a strong statement, as a color associated with luxury, elegance, and sophistication. See photos and get tips on how to add a touch of black to your NC new home, here.

Black Painted Walls

Most top designer blogs are boasting the benefits of black walls, ceilings, and doors.

In this mud room / laundry room / dog room combination, two walls are painted in a black chalk paint, designed for grocery and to-do lists.

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Black Flooring Finishes

Black carpeting

Adding carpet is a great way to add color, texture, and warmth to a space. While you may want to stick with soothing carpet colors for your bedrooms - such as neutral patterns and cream designs - black carpets can make a statement of elegance in smaller spaces.

In this version of The Summerlyn, a black patterned carpet runner was added to the hardwood staircase. The bold black color stands out against creams, beiges, and browns. 

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Black hardwood stain

In more contemporary home styles, buyers are choosing wood stains in with an ebony (ie very dark brown to black) finish.

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Black Kitchen Design Ideas

There are many ways to integrate black features and finishes into your custom home kitchen. The three most popular places to add a splash of black are the tile back splash, granite counter tops, and appliances.

Black tile back splashes

We're seeing more black tiles within kitchen back splash selections - as a brick lay splash and as accents within a multi-tone mini mosaic design. 

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Black counter tops

Whether the granite has a black pattern or solid black composition, black kitchen counter tops are popping up in more custom kitchens.

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(See another home with entirely black counter tops here.)

Black kitchen sinks

While white sinks are popular in farmhouse and rustic kitchen designs, black sinks are a top request for contemporary and modern designs.

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Black kitchen appliances

Even though black appliances tend to cost a bit less than stainless steel appliances, some home owners are choosing them based on their color - not their lower price tag.

Especially in all white kitchens, black appliances are making an appearance in more 2014 custom homes.

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Black Master Suite Feature Design Ideas

A black counter top in this master closet island draws out the black knobs and levers throughout the master bath.

Black counter tops | NC New Home Design

 

Similar to the kitchen back splash, black tiles can be blended into a tile shower or tile bath.

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Black Accents in Secondary Rooms and Powder Rooms

Secondary rooms - such as the powder room - are great spaces to integrate black features.

In this secondary bath, a black granite pattern contains speckles of brown - used to tie in the cabinet and tile colors.

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A contemporary black vanity with glass front gives this powder room upscale appeal.

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If you love light maple wood floors, consider paring them with ebony or black staircase railings. 

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Black lighting fixtures can be added to any room in your home - for a subtle touch of elegance. 

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Contact Stanton Homes for floor plan ideas, to get a new home cost estimate, or find out more about building a custom home in North Carolina.

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7 Tips for Outdoor Living Spaces - 2014 New Home Design

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jun 24, 2014 @ 09:06 AM

7 Tips for Outdoor Living Spaces

Outdoor living spaces continue to be a top request for 2014 Raleigh new home designs. Get 7 tips for how to design your outdoor living spaces, below.

 

Outdoor Living Space Tip #1: Integrate the indoor and outdoor

Design the outdoor living space into your home - by integrating at least two walls of the home into the deck, patio, or porch.

This will make your outdoor living spaces feel like a more cohesive part of your home - as they are physically structured into the floor plan.

In this Raleigh new home photo, the concrete patio follows the full length of the home, encased by a wall at each end. Brick steps lead to a future swimming pool.

7 Tips for Outdoor Living Spaces - 2014 New Home Design

Outdoor Living Space Tip #2: Maintain continuity

You should always maintain continuity by using the same style or genre inside and outside.

It can feel awkward if the interior of your home is contemporary and the exterior is traditional.

For instance, in this version of the Worthington, the home owners used synthetic landscaping materials - a black colored bark material - to continue the contemporary feel of their home, inside and out. A white exterior, red door, and black shutters round out this homes exterior style.

7 Tips for Outdoor Living Spaces - 2014 New Home Design

Outdoor Living Space Tip #3: Know your options

If you have a pretty good idea of what you want your outdoor living space to feel like, there are going to be more and less expensive alternatives that can create a similar upscale look.

For instance, while patio pavers (made of brick, stone, or concrete blocks) are beautiful, they are typically more expensive than adding stamped concrete.

7 Tips for Outdoor Living Spaces - 2014 New Home Design

Outdoor Living Space Tip #4: Create versatile spaces

If you have the option of integrating two distinct outdoor living spaces, consider a screen porch and deck OR patio layout.

Screen porches are best year-round spaces, especially if you integrate a fireplace.

7 Tips for Outdoor Living Spaces - 2014 New Home Design

Outdoor Living Space Tip #5: Special features

While it is tempting to get all the features you love into one space, you'll want to narrow in on a few favorites. Choosing a few special features will maintain a reasonable budget, and it will give your outdoor living spaces a center focus.

For instance, more 2014 home buyers are opting for a fireplace OR fire pit design.

If you plan to use a table with chairs, you'll want to avoid designs that build in seatwalls.

7 Tips for Outdoor Living Spaces - 2014 New Home Design

Outdoor Living Space Tip #6: Balancing act

While some home buyers are opting to add a full-service kitchen to their backyards, others want to keep it simple - with a grilling deck.

You'll want to ask yourself: how often will I truly use an outdoor cooking area? If the answer is on holidays, you're probably better off budgeting for an upgrade in the kitchen and a simple outdoor living space.

Keep in mind that simple does not mean small! A large, rectangular deck can be cost effective - with a total cost that's much lower than a potential outdoor kitchen, for example. Ask your builder about including a built-in gas line for your grill - like in this custom home.

7 Tips for Outdoor Living Spaces - 2014 New Home Design

Outdoor Living Space Tip #7: Low maintenance

Do you love working in the yard? Landscaping packages range from low to high maintenance.  Many homeowners are opting to add their own landscaping, rather than pay for a landscaping package over 30 years.  

More surveys show that home buyers are integrating vegetable gardens in their backyard - consider where you might like to place a garden or integrate particular types of plants.

 

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Contact Stanton Homes for floor plan ideas, to get a new home cost estimate, or find out more about building a custom home in North Carolina.

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How to Pull Your Look Together - 2014 Open Concept Kitchens

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Apr 28, 2014 @ 09:04 AM

2014 Open Concept Kitchens that flow 

2014 Open Concept Kitchens | New Home Design

Whether you are looking to build a executive level home suitable for families or a contemporary home designed for young couples, you'll want to be able to pull together a look that maintains flow and continuity between rooms - with individual touches that create a dynamic presence. 

 

Maintaining continuity and flow is especially important for open concept kitchen designs - hugely popular in new home design right now.

So, we've compiled a set of custom builder advice to illuminate design and build techniques that will give you the perfect open kitchen main floor layout. 

How to Pull Your Look Together in a 2014 Open Concept Home

First, decide which rooms you want to keep open. While some floor plans tout a kitchen open to the great room, others focus on connecting dining areas with a kitchen open to the breakfast nook. 

Either combination will give your home a modern, spacious feel. Here are two examples.

Kitchen open to the great room:

2014 Open Concept Kitchens | New Home Design

In this Chapel Hill, NC custom home, a generous kitchen flows freely into the great room for aesthetic appeal and easy movement. The home owners planned to spend time cooking in the kitchen while helping their kids with homework at the eating bar. After the meal, they planned to relax in the great room, enjoying the music of their grand piano (placed in the open book case pictured to the left).

Wainscot columns were added to give the rooms a visual divide, which is more pleasing to the eye. 

 Kitchen open to the breakfast nook:

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 In this Raleigh, NC custom home, a "contemporary farmhouse" peninsula kitchen greets the alcove breakfast room in a free-flowing design.  

The home owners wanted a bit more separation between rooms, without losing distinct lines of sight. In this kitchen design, you can prepare meals alone or as a group - without losing contact between family and guests. The space accommodates all entertainment styles.  

 

Second, decide the overall design theme of your open rooms. Since you've chosen a free-flowing floor plan layout with visibility to multiple areas at one time, it's all about choosing the colors, styles, and features that will add coherent, dynamic presence to each room. 

Creating an overall design motif does not mean you must match every selection, fixture, or paint color. You can still give each room a completely different look - such as contrasting a farmhouse kitchen against a contemporary great room. Instead, you want to punctuate both rooms with at least one common color, material, or object. 

Either approach will give your home personality and character. Here are two examples.

Open kitchen with complementing features:

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In this Raleigh, NC custom home, the open kitchen and great room are entwined through natural materials, light color schemes, and sparkling touches. The clear glass pendants blend with the full wall of windows. The maple hardwood flooring stretches in one swoop across each room. And the dark greys and blacks in the kitchen counter tops and tile are pulled back into the great room fireplace. 

Open kitchen with contrasting features:

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 In this Apex, NC custom home, the open kitchen and great room are designed to blend - but not mimic - each other. While the great room incorporates a masculine see-through stone fireplace with rustic, hand-built mantle, the kitchen focuses on feminine cabinets and metallic hints. Overall, each room contains elements of both urban and craftsman design. 

The grey paint - in the coffered ceiling and on the back kitchen walls - intimately connects these two rooms, beyond thematic design choices.  

These custom home design and build techniques will help you pull together any look - and it's easy when you have the help of your own professional interior design consultant, available to guide you through the selections process when you build a Stanton Home. 

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When you build with Stanton Homes, the end result is not your average run of the mill house. Our design team works hard so that every time you step into your foyer, you feel welcomed by your home's personality, style and space.

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Kitchen Appliances | White, Black, or Stainless Steel?

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 @ 08:03 AM

Kitchen Design Trends

White, black, and stainless steel appliances

When choosing kitchen appliance colors, keep in mind the overall design of your kitchen.

Whether you go basic or bold, your color choices can either compliment all the reasons you chose your kitchen design - or detract from them.

Take a look at the kitchens in these custom homes built in the Raleigh, North Carolina area. Each kitchen has a completely different design created by homebuyers and their builder to create a specific environment - with different design possibilities that incorporate the three most popular appliance color options (white, black, and stainless steel).

Kitchen design #1: White appliances

Kitchen appliance colors | 2013 kitchen design ideasThis first kitchen design incorporates contemporary design features such as:

 - All white appliances

 - Maple hardwood flooring and cabinets

 - Granite countertops infused with white and black tones

 - Black subway tile backsplash with white listello accents

 - Stepped trey ceiling with flush can lighting

 

Kitchen appliance colors | 2013 kitchen design ideas

 These photos are taken from a version of the Treehouse, a mountain home floor plan design that opens up a lot of possibilities.

 White appliances work well in this bright, open kitchen, that emphasizes light color tones.

 

 

 

 

Kitchen design #2: Black appliances

Kitchen appliance colors | 2013 kitchen design ideas

 

Our next kitchen design example goes basic, with black and medium brown tones.

The black granite countertops contain flecks of gold and brown, tying together the black appliances and brown cabinets and hardwood flooring.

 

 

Kitchen appliance colors | 2013 kitchen design ideas

 

A stainless steel sink and brushed nickle cabinet knobs add a spark of silver to the warm brown tones. The setting will be balanced further with a stainless steel coffee maker, blender, or other counter appliance that will blend into the design perfectly.

See more photos of this home, a version of the Azalea Park.

 

 

Kitchen design #3: Stainless steel appliances

Kitchen appliance colors | 2013 kitchen design ideas

Stainless steel remains the most popular appliance color in 2014 new homes. 

In this home, a version of the Peay, the stainless steel kitchen appliances add to the classic feel of this open floor plan design. Their placement at different parts of the kitchen provide a theme that's reverberated in threads throughout the carefully selected granite countertops.

 

 

 

 

Kitchen appliance colors | 2013 kitchen design ideas

 

 Spotlight your kitchen with a layout that fits your lifestyle, and top it off with appliances that fit your theme. 

 When you build a custom home with Stanton Homes, our team will listen to your ideas, help you pull concepts together, and provide expert advice that colors your kitchen with designer appeal.

 

 

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