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Blue Tile Bathroom Ideas for NC New Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Oct 15, 2015 @ 10:10 AM

Blue Tile in the Bathroom:

For some buyers, blue bathrooms are a bold choice; for others, pale blue paint and tile are a calming, relaxing option.

See photos of blue bathrooms - and tile designs - from new homes built by Stanton Homes in central North Carolina.  Stanton Homes is a design/build home builder in Raleigh, NC - contact us to learn more about the new home build process. 


Blue Tile Ideas for the Bath:

Below are examples of how to use blue tile in the master bathroom, secondary bath, and powder room. 

1. Blue Tile Floor

Hints of blue, grey, and white blend throughout the contemporary pebble style master bathroom floor - with deeper blue tiles integrated around the tub and shower. 

Blue Bathrooms | Blue Tile in the Bath

Ceiling-height tile in the shower is a custom home touch. 

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2. Blue Tile Surround on a Curved Tub

This master bath tub rests inside the open concept shower. Mixed tile sizes create contrast throughout the bathroom: long faux wood floor and wall tiles blend with mini mosaic wall and tub patterns.

Blue Bathrooms | Blue Tile in the Bath

This contemporary show includes his and hers shower heads and block window glass. 

3. Blue Tile Around a Mirror

This kids bathroom feautres blue tile in the vanity and shower room. A thin listello accent frames the mirror and window. Linear patterns run through the floor and across the shower walls. 

Blue Bathrooms | Blue Tile in the Bath

Blue and grey tile combinations are popular inside master, guest, and kids bathrooms. 

4. Blue Accents in a Tub Surround

Blue Bathrooms | Blue Tile in the Bath

This master bathroom features a more subtle shade of blue in the tile - to accent the bright, baby blue walls.  The neutral tile tub surround softens the room. 

The built-in tile shelf below the window offers a place to decorate or store bath time essentials. 

Although light blue can be a more traditional bathroom shade, the no-door archway opening between the master bedroom and bath keeps this space feeling contemporary.

5. Blue Shower Tile

Blue Bathrooms | Blue Tile in the Bath

A guest or secondary bathroom is a great place to add floor-to-ceiling tile - in bold color choices. 

 

Many homebuyers opt to integrate tile upgrades in the most visible bathrooms, such as a guest suite bath or shared downstairs bath.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Blue Mini Mosaic Tile Patterns

This bathroom - a dual entry, kids' Jack and Jill layout - uses a mini mosaic tile pattern in the shower. 

Tile Tub Surround Ideas | Blue Bathroom Tile Ideas

This bathroom is custom designed as a specially adapted shower room - with tub inside - for ease of use. 8 x 10 white field tile runs across the ceiling, in addition to the walls and foor. 

7. Subtle Blue Tile Accents

Using slate blue tile -- mixed with grays, browns, and other earth tones -- is a great way to create a neutral bathroom without the popular integration of high contrasts of white, black, and gray patterns. This blend of colors feels more traditional than a bright blue design. 

Blue Bathrooms | Blue Tile in the Bath

 

8. Slate Blue Tile Tub Surround

A vertical tile pattern with slate blue tones emphasizes the curved front of this tile tub surround.

Blue Bathrooms | Blue Tile in the Bath

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Archways and Arched Opening Ideas

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Aug 08, 2011 @ 11:08 AM

Arched Opening Ideas

Custom home special details that stand out: Arched Openings

 

Popular locations for custom home archways include: formal dining rooms, foyers, family rooms, breakfast rooms, kitchens, great rooms, hallways, and master bathrooms.

The placement, angle, and color of archways can be designed to create dramatic flare or discrete elegance.

See photos of custom homes with archways in this Houzz Ideabook.

Archways | Archway Design Ideas

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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What is the most popular Front Door Color? New Home Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 @ 09:06 AM

Custom Home Front Door Trends

What Front Door Colors do Homebuyers Choose?

Red front doors seem to be growing in popularity among new homebuyers. Whether they choose a bright tone or a dark shade, red is the common factor in the custom homes below.

Other common colors include white, black, and shades of brown (using both stain and paint).

 

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Pictured here is a contemporary new custom home: black shutters, roofing, and mulch, white vinyl siding, and brick steps with a bright red door.

Transom windows surrounding the front door allow additional light into the foyer.

A small front entraceway features stately columns.

 

 

Front Door Colors | Front Door Styles | New Home Builders Raleigh

White accents and transom windows surround this red front door.

Matching red shutters help draw out the color of this front door.

The exterior of this home beautifully blends several tones of siding, including: dark grey shakes, light grey vinyl, and multi-toned stone.

A covered corner wrap-around porch encases the front entrace with intricate railings.  

 

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An arched stone covered entrace surrounds a solid red wood door.

Light toned stone and vinyl exterior draw out the unique front door color and style.

A custom tile floor leads into the home.

No matter what style your new home is, it's easy to change the impact of the front of your home by adding a new coat of paint!  

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Choosing to build your new home with exceptional NC custom home builders like Stanton Homes allows more creativity, within your budget, than you ever thought possible! Find out more today – here’s how to get started:

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Beadboard Ceiling Treatments - Raleigh New Home Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jun 21, 2011 @ 09:06 AM

Raleigh New Home Trends: Beadboard Ceiling Treatments

What Are Beadboard Ceiling Treatments?

 

Check out these Raleigh custom homes with beadboard ceiling treatments. Beadboard treatments are a classic feature - and they are being added to more transitional (not just traditional) style new homes.

 

Front Porch Beadboard Ceiling Treatment

What is a Beadboard treatment?

Beadboard, also referred to as "tongue and groove," is a treatment (usually a ceiling treatment) that gives a routed design to previously flat panels or flat wood coverings.  

Beadboard treatments give the home a traditional, classic look.

A Beadboard design is incorporated into this covered front porch.

  

What is Beadboard made out of? 

Screen Porch Beadboard Ceiling

A Beadboard Treatment can be created using individual wooden planks (commonly pine, cedar, or even plywood), beadboard panels, or even vinyl.

Generally, individual tongue and groove boards will be more costly than full panels, and stain grade beadboard will be more costly than paint grade beadboard.

Beadboard can be either painted or stained, depending on the materials used. Beadboard is commonly painted white, stained a natural tone, or left in its natural wooden state. 

Where can Beadboard be used in a home? 

Beadboard is not limited to porch ceilings.

In fact, it can be used throughout the home, including on foyer and sunroom ceilings, on kitchen cabinet doors, and as on wainscoating for hallways, dining rooms, mudrooms, and bathrooms. 

Barrel Vault Beadboard Foyer

Check out this Barrel Vault Foyer with natural wood Beadboard Ceiling.

This custom home foyer incorporates two elegant features into one area, creating a personal style and dramatic entranceway. 

 

What's your goal? 

Whether you are building a new home, or looking to make some changes to your current home, Beadboard ceiling treatments and wainscoating designs can be a unique addition to any room.

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Kitchen Design Trends | Butler's Pantry Ideas

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, May 13, 2011 @ 05:05 AM

Kitchen Design Trends: Butler's Pantry Ideas

Butler's Pantries Are Packed with Purpose, as Storage Solutions, Preparation Areas, and Showcase Centers

Trends show that more homeowners are putting their money, time, and effort into creating their perfect kitchen design, with a smooth integration of both form and function.

Custom Kitchen Desing

Among the more popular kitchen design trends is the addition of a Butler’s Pantry.

A Butler’s Pantry can be added to new custom homes of nearly any size and budget.

 

There are a few questions you should be able to answer, before you talk to your custom home builder about adding the butler’s pantry to your favorite floor plan.

 

1. What is the purpose of the Butler's Pantry? 

The purpose of the Butler's Pantry will help determine the size and cost of the space. Common uses for a Butler's Pantry include:

Storage space.

Need more storage space for your kitchen or dining room? Butler's Pantries are often equipt with cabinets, shelves, and doors, perfect for easy reach of often-used items.

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Food preparation.

Kitchens have become an area for entertaining, not just cooking.

Butler's Pantries provide additional serving area you may need to put the finishing touches on a meal, while keeping the main kitchen areas clear for conversation.

A showcase.

The Butlers Pantry can include decorative shelves or display areas, plate racks, wine racks, stem glass holders, and more. This would be a great place to show off your china, silver, and wine selections.

  

2. Where should the Butler's Pantry be placed?

The location of a Butler's Pantry can often be determined by the intended use. Common locations for a Butler's Pantry include:

Between the Kitchen and Formal Dining Room.

A Butler's Pantry can generally be found in-between the Kitchen and the Formal Dining Room. This area allowsFormal Dining Butlers Pantry for convenience, while still showing off the unique features of the pantry.

Hallways and Staircases.

Butlers Pantries make great use of small hallways, particularly around staircases.

An Alcove off the Dining Room.

A Butlers Pantry can also be tucked in an alcove off the dining room itself.

 

3. What style and size should your Butler's Pantry be?

 

Kitchen Storage Solutions

Butler's Pantries can be simple or more complex, depending on the price point of the home.

Small and simple.

A butler's pantry usually offers some countertop space that matches the countertops found in the kitchen.

You can keep your granite countertops, if you are looking to create a smaller, simpler storage area. The key is to keep the area practical and convenience.

 

 Butlers Pantry with Wine Rack

 

 

Medium and convenient.

Want the additional storage space, while still creating a showcase? Crown molding, decorative hardware, and countertops all add to the appeal of a butler's pantry, while still keeping within a budget.

Cabinetry can either match the kitchen, or contrast for more texture and color.

Glass doors can be very appealing in a Butlers Pantry.

Large and elegant.

Larger homes have room for extensive butlers pantries, with tiers of drawers and cabinetry.

Luxury homes sometimes feature extensive butlers pantries, with built in wet bars, premium wine coolers, and much more. 

Luxury butler pantries are often created from scratch by custom cabinet makers. 

Add a Butlers Pantry to a Floor Plan

Remember, Butlers Pantries can be included in homes of nearly any size and budget.  Ask your custom home builder how to incorporate a butler's pantry into your floor plan.

Contact us about how to incorporate a butler's pantry in to your new home floor plan.  We can work with you to modify nearly any floor plan.

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