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Bronze Faucet with Stainless Steel Sink | Cary Custom Home Design

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Mar 07, 2016 @ 14:03 PM

We were recently asked this interior home design question, through "Ask Andrea":

Can you mix bronze metal faucets with a stainless sink? I love some of the new rustic finishes (ie. California faucets weathered copper/bronze) but am planning to install a stainless sink. Would that be acceptable?


Yes, you can mix a bronze finish faucet with a stainless steel sink.

The use and presence of stainless steel in our homes has remained strong and has gained a much stronger presence over the past two decades to the point where we now consider it to be a neutral. 

Its finish is considered to go with most anything the same a wood floors and white painted trim go with anything.  All of those items are so common that we consider them to be universally acceptable to mix with anything else you desire to have in your home to personalize it as yours.

What to think about when deciding to go with a bronze faucet for example, is the "story" in your room or in all common areas of your home that can be seen at the same time, such as, quite commonly, the foyer, dining room, great room, and kitchen. 

Bronze Faucet with Stainless Steel Sink | Cary Custom Home Design(This photo, taken from a version of The Worthington II, shows a popular open concept layout with open visibility between rooms.)

We create cohesion by looking to cabinet hardware, or lighting, or door hardware (knobs/levers and hinges).

If you want to use a bronze faucet think about what else it could connect to so that you create a cohesive "story" in your space.

Sometimes it's not even the other metal finishes that can make a bronze faucet "work" in your room.  For example, the bronze faucet could even tie in to dark Espresso cabinets where everything else is brushed nickel.

Bronze Faucet with Stainless Steel Sink | Cary Custom Home Design

(This kitchen photo, taken from a version of The Statesman, combines four primary fixture metal colors: stainless steel sink, range hood, and double wall ovens; "Burnished Bronze" pendant lights; oil rubbed bronze Moen brand kitchen faucet and soap dispenser; copper cabinet hardware on the black glazed island cabinets.)

Bronze and Espresso faucets can appear very similar, especially from a distance. So, that's how it's done when you want to mix finishes; stand back and look at your entire space and connect things somehow to make your story work!

Bronze Faucet with Stainless Steel Sink | Cary Custom Home Design

(This kitchen photo, taken from a version of The Smokey Ridge, includes a "Venetian Bronze" faucet and soap dispenser with a stainless steel sink.)

Get more ideas in our Ideabook of kitchens with stainless steel sinks and bronze faucets.


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Bronze Faucet with Stainless Steel Sink | Cary Custom Home Design

Have a kitchen or interior design trend question for your new home?  Ask Andrea, and she'll let you know all the latest in custom home and design/build trends!  

Andrea works closely with each Stanton Homes client to help design homes that fit every lifestyle and taste.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Eight Staircase Flooring Options | Cary NC New Home Types of Staircases

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 @ 06:08 AM

Types of Flooring for a Staircase:

While carpet and hardwood are the two most common new home staircase flooring materials, you can get creative with how you combine and incorporate these materials in your Cary NC custom home. 

Browse popular staircase style photos inside Cary, NC area new homes.



Flooring Materials for a New Home Staircase:

How do homebuyers choose between hardwood and carpet for the main staircase? See the pros and cons of each staircase flooring material, with photo from Cary custom homes by Stanton Homes. 

1. Hardwood Staircases

Hardwood staircases - which provide a clean look for all home styles from contemporary to craftsman - are a popular request for Cary NC new homes.

On one hand, homebuyers consider hardwood steps easier to clean - they require a broom rather than vaccum or rug machine.

On the other hand, a hardwood staircase is more expensive. 

Eight Staircase Flooring Options | Cary NC New Home Types of Staircases

2. Carpet Staircases

Carpeted staircases are often considered:

  • Safe and comfortable: carpet can be more slip-resistant than hardwood
  • Quieter: some say they prefer carpet because it muffles the sound of kids, pets, and shoes
  • Less costly: an upgrade to a hardwood staircase is often close to $2000 or more depending on the size, shape, and features.

Eight Staircase Flooring Options | Cary NC New Home Types of Staircases 

3. Carpet Runner on the Staircase

A carpet runner can offer the best of both worlds: it provides a slip-proof layer to your stairs, without covering your coveted hardwood steps and white painted risers. 

Eight Staircase Flooring Options | Cary NC New Home Types of Staircases

4. Staircase Carpet Runner Idea #2

A specialty carpet runner can create a more traditional effect - such as the foyer staircase this version of the Summerlyn. The black patterned carpet runner flows over hardwood steps and white wood risers, with a hardwood landing half-way down the stairs.

This staircase also features a "volute" or curved handrail at the foyer landing.

Eight Staircase Flooring Options | Cary NC New Home Types of Staircases 

5. Hardwood Base Step or Steps

Another popular staircase design pairs one or more hardwood steps with carpeted treads and risers. Using a combination of carpet and hardwood materials can help save money on your new home build.

In this version of the Bostwick, the first step - called a rounded edge "open stair" - is made of hardwood.

All steps visible through the wrought iron balusters are carpeted with hardwood treds, made to look like a carpet runner. The remaining steps - mostly out of view - are fully carpeted.

Eight Staircase Flooring Options | Cary NC New Home Types of Staircases

6. Multiple Hardwood Steps

Here's another take on the dual hardwood - carpet staircase style. In this version of the Firebird, all visible steps are made of hardwood treads (the horizontal portion of the step) and white painted wood risers (the vertical portion of the step).

Again, we see that the steps primarily out of view are carpeted. 

Eight Staircase Flooring Options | Cary NC New Home Types of Staircases 

7. Hardwood Steps with Painted Risers 

While many home buyers choose to pair hardwood steps with white risers (like the examples above), this custom design uses an accent color to blend the risers into the surrounding mountain house style trim.

Eight Staircase Flooring Options | Cary NC New Home Types of Staircases

8. Stained Hardwood Steps and Risers

This formal entrance features a curved staircase with stained hardwood steps AND risers - in an elegant, dark color. The secondary staircase (pictured in the background) lightens up the great room with white painted risers. 

Eight Staircase Flooring Options | Cary NC New Home Types of Staircases

See more staircase design photos in these Raleigh and Cary custom homes: 

Staircase Idea #1: Curved staircase with dark wood stain - in a version of the Avonstone Manor house plan
Staircase Idea #2: Hardwood staircase in the foyer, with cable railing overlook - in a version of the Smokey Ridge house plan

Staircase Idea #3:  White painted staircase with hardwood steps - in a version of the Worthington II house plan

Staircase Idea #4: Craftsman staircase with split landing - in a version of the Chalet Vert house plan

Staircase Idea #5: Carpeted staircase with black stained railings - in a version of the Treehouse house plan


Cary NC New Homes - Custom Staircase Options:

Considering new homes in the Raleigh, NC area? Tell us what style you love best - hardwood vs carpet stairs - or a combination of both. Stanton Homes will tell you what it costs, inside your favorite new home floor plan.

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7 Kitchen Range Hood Styles | Cary NC Custom Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Dec 01, 2014 @ 13:12 PM

Kitchen Range Hood Styles

Cary, North Carolina Custom Homes

Chef style kitchens often feature ample counter top (and island) space for prep work, multiple ovens for multi-course meals, large pantries and cabinets for storage, and extra wide ranges for dual-cook use. 

The range ventilation hood - often large and eye-catching - can take center stage in these chef style kitchens.

See photos of seven range hoods - from copper colored to glass accented - in these Raleigh area new homes built by Stanton Homes.

Kitchen Range Hood Style #1: Antiqued Copper

A hexagon mini mosaic tile backsplash extends from the gas range to the ceiling - serving as a subtle backdrop to an antiqued copper range hood.

Glass-front cabinets extend to the ceiling - adding height throughout the kitchen.

Kitchen Range Hood Styles | Cary NC Custom Homes

Kitchen Range Hood Style #2: Cedar Accents

In this version of The Dinsmore, the stainless steel range hood, black island lights, and cedar accents merge mountain home charm with modern home character.

Kitchen Range Hood Styles | Cary NC Custom Homes

A wine fridge and wine rack - more must-haves for chef style kitchens - are tucked into one side of the large, curved island.

Kitchen Range Hood Style #3: Cabinet-Front Hood

If you want to de-emphasize your range hood, consider an all-cabinet design, which conceals the hood vent.

Kitchen Range Hood Styles | Cary NC Custom Homes

White cabinet fronts extend above the range, for a soft, classic kitchen design.

Kitchen Range Hood Style #4: Under Cabinet Hood

Are you drawn to kitchen designs that incorporate a mixture of textures and colors? In this version of The Shelby, an additional cabinet rests above the stainless steel range hood, adding even more storage space.

Kitchen Range Hood Styles | Cary NC Custom Homes

Mini tiles wrap around the kitchen walls. The granite island pulls together all colors and textures in this vibrant kitchen.

Kitchen Range Hood Style #5: Peek-a-Boo Hood

This kitchen - a version of The Country Manor - showcases a similar under cabinet range hood combination, with contrasting tile, cabinet, and appliance selections.

Kitchen Range Hood Styles | Cary NC Custom Homes

Carved wood island legs add another texture - and color - to this timeless kitchen design.

Kitchen Range Hood Style #6: A Touch of Glass

Another way to make your kitchen range hood stand out is to add a touch of curved glass.

Kitchen Range Hood Styles | Cary NC Custom Homes

Glass accents are found more often in modern style kitchens - which emphasize whites, blacks, greys, metals, and contrasting lines.

Kitchen Range Hood Style #7: Curved Canopy

Here is another glass range hood idea - with a custom tile accent below. The tile back splash can transform the overall feel of your kitchen range.

In this version of The Shoal Creek, a rubbed bronze tile design emphasizes a more rustic kitchen style.

Kitchen Range Hood Styles | Cary NC Custom Homes

Range hoods are essential kitchen appliances that serve a very practical purpose, designed to dissipate smoke and cooking fragrances.

When you build a custom home with Stanton Homes, our design team will help you choose the right range hood for your kitchen design and lifestyle - with recommendations on the size, material, style, and location

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

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