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2012 Color Trend Forecast - "Must Read" for New Home Design

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 @ 15:11 PM

Color Trend Forecast for 2012

What New Home Interior Design Colors Will We See Most in 2012?

Here are some of the Most Popular 2012 Color Trends, Courtesy of Interior Designer Andrea Enns

If the Mayans thought the world was going to end in 2012, then perhaps that was simply their hope after having encountered one too many decorating dilemmas. Sometimes selecting color can be one of the most daunting of those dilemmas—so, the blissful are perhaps the color-blind for it all looks good to them?  

Well in some cases yes—actually things often just look the OPPOSITE color which is very handy sometimes in a dilemma:  Knowing what colors my father THOUGHT he liked, whenever he asked my mother if something for the house was “green” (his favorite color) she would deftly reply that it most certainly was—but the item in question was RED—coincidentally her favorite color! He never knew the difference.  Brick Homes Raleigh

Red and green are opposites on the color wheel and so they are direct compliments to one another. 

Take a traditional brick home and watch it literally come to life as the green sod is laid—it’s not just because there is finally grass—it’s because the colors are true compliments to one another.

 

With all of the science behind color, why do we even care about color trends?

Some people will tell you that they don’t care about trends, but if they watch TV, read magazines, and are generally aware of the media, the guru’s (known as color forecasters) at The Color Association of America will know what you’re going to like anyway - they  helped put the color in front of you as companies launching new products will consult them as to which color will best sell the item – so do you like the color because they put it in front of you or did they put it in front of you because they knew you would like the color??

Who knows—they also call it “Color Intelligence” amidst the covert operations over there at the association’s head quarters and I can see why!

What are the most popular 2012 new home design colors?

With that in mind, by far the most popular colors you will see in 2012 are:

1. Blues

2. Greens who still have the earth on their side

3. New takes on black and white

 

1. Blues

2012 Color Trends

Blues have been subtly hinting about their comeback for a couple of years now, showing up at first in more formal rooms and appropriately through several of the hard to define shades of gray we have been enjoying.

(Of course, isn’t that just like gray to be seen more than one way). 

However, in home furnishings and paint colors offered for 2012, blues are definitely back as true blues and will see a strong following since many people naturally favor blue anyway.

 

Pale blue walls can work in both traditio2012 Color Trendsnal and light hearted modern settings. 

At Stanton Homes, we have a home due to finish in the early part of next year; a pale sky blue has already been selected for several rooms and ceilings.

A blue ceiling has been a decorator favorite for a long time. It is as uplifting as looking up at the sky. Choose a very subtle shade or one that is slightly blue-green.  

You can use it almost anywhere and it almost has more panache if there is nothing else in the room that is blue. It looks outstanding with the very dark brown tones we have been favoring in cabinets and hardwood floors. It is also the traditional choice for the bead board of a true southern porch ceiling.

2012 Color TrendsOn the other end of the spectrum we have deep dark navies –we love how great they show off the crown molding and baseboard and even though they are just as dark as the dark brown floors, the two elements together are nothing short of stunning. 

Just try to miss the strong influx of blue in any current decorating magazine—it’s impossible to miss and too irresistible to pass up.

If by some slim chance you are still not convinced of this trend, just consult any older teenager or college student.  They are the trend setters who give the nod to anything new that they deem worthy of their affection.  I have one of these said creatures in my household and last July she announced, quite out of nowhere,  that we needed to paint her room dark navy.  Says the idea just popped into her head.

 

Greens

Greens seem to be remaining strong as the second most popular accent color. They too have been influenced by last year’s grays and browns

2012 Design Colors

Take for example the popularity of bronze—especially for last summer. Shades of bronze can be found as the deepest tones of green-browns on the color wheel. 

For 2012 they are even influencing black and you will see mysterious black-greens (again another Southern tradition can lay claim to that color—the classic Charleston shutter is a black-green.)

There are also light greens influenced by gray as are often found in colors that remind us of beech pebbles or majestic mountains, or even the ocean. 

Again, just like blue, greens tend to work wonderfully with the dark brown floor stains and dark Espresso Brown cabinets we are still so fond of.

 

Whites and Blacks

2012 Home Design Colors

With that being said, are you ready for white cabinets again? Still? So soon? Did they ever really go away?

In my opinion white cabinets never really go out of style.

They are as classic as white tile and since new generation after new generation finds ways to present them as both “new’ and as classic, white cabinets will always stay around. They can work with any kind of interior depending on the door style. Somehow “white’ in general always comes back as new.  What color are the newest i-phones?  I rest my case.

2012 Kitchen Color Trends

Coincidentally Stanton Homes has just ordered two new white kitchens amongst many many dark brown maple Espresso kitchens. 

In fact, the same trendy folks who chose the blue accents are going with a combination of painted white maple cabinets, Absolute black granite, white subway tiles, tall white bead board paneling, and rich Chestnut brown hardwood floors.  

This home is brimming with colors and style that are American classics. It is currently called the Carwile, but we may have to re-name it the “All American”.  

And, coincidentally or not, since the folks in Intelligence at the Color Association of America will say they knew it all along, the other white kitchen is scheduled to have green walls! How perfect is that?

So, fear not the color trends but embrace them and feel confident that for whatever reason, you will like them!  At Stanton Homes we’re glad the Mayans were wrong and we look forward to all of the unique and beautiful homes we will have the opportunity to build for our customers in 2012.

 

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When old meets new and you think there’s nothing you can do… Part 1

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 @ 12:04 PM

By Andrea Enns, Design Coordinator, Stanton Homes

Custom Design Trends for Your New Custom Home, Part 1

Not quite thrilled about moving into your brand new home with your old furniture and accessories?  Well, thankfully there are some simple and budget friendly things you can do to help your old “stuff” fit better into your new home.

 

Get Organized

Closet Design

First of all, think of moving as an opportunity to use designer strategies. This is the perfect opportunity to sift through your things in order to ORGANIZE, EDIT, RE-CYCLE, and RE-USE.  

Do I sound like your mother?  I know I sound like mine—but in this case designers all agree on this one and if you were to hire a designer, this is exactly what they would help you to do with your things anyway.  So, save yourself the money and follow these easy steps yourself.

As you are packing your things try not to move anything that you haven’t used in a while or will never use; throw away broken items, out of date items, or donate things that you simply don’t like if they may be of use to someone else. 

If you are moving items that you know you will be using again then think about where they will be displayed or stored. Even items that are going in the garage are better off in organized and labeled containers. You will be able to find them when you need them!

 

If your children have a bunch of toys that are aStorage Centerlways a mess but you have to bring them, then do try to first throw out the broken items and then look for containers that are child friendly and use them! 

For a child’s playroom, try to settle on a color and size of container that is consistent—if the containers are going to be visible in the room then it is easy enough to choose cheerfully colored containers that you won’t mind looking at.

 

Narrow Down the Essentials

Once you are ready to move in, try to place only the essential items in each room at first.  Consider the design element of asymmetry and try some furniture pieces on an angle. Then add accessories gradually which is where the editing comes in.

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Not everything that went in your old family room has to be used again in the same room even if you did bring it with you.

Instead, you may consider some of the items, if you truly love them, for a different room in your house. 

Don’t balance the bookshelves on either side of the fireplace. Try placing a large vase on one side with all of the books on the other side.

 

Look for opportunities to place items that will carry an accent color from one room to another to create a cohesive environment but also to make it appear larger!

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To repeat an accent throughout the main living areas of your home and even into the bedrooms, helps create the illusion of more space as you are seeing the same color repeatedly rather than chopping up your home by using different colors everywhere.

If this sounds boring to you then consider varying shades of the same color.

 

Read Page 2 of this Design Tips Article Here.

 

All images courtesy of Andrea Enns, Design Coordinator, Stanton Homes

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Stanton Homes continues to offer the information you're looking for.  Check back for more interior design trend tips!

Send us YOUR design questions to "Ask Andrea", and look to Stanton Homes for the answers you need.

Andrea Enns is an on staff design expert at Stanton Homes, offering professional design selection services to custom home clients as part of Stanton Homes' exclusive custom home packages. 

Andrea's extensive training includes the School of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Manitoba and Red River College, a two year Design Internship in Vancouver, BC,  under British Designer Jackie Yearsley, and years of experience with design and renovation.  Andrea has worked with many of Raleigh’s top custom home builders, and contributed design work in many of the area’s finest Parade Homes.

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Custom Master Bath Trends: More Drawers, Fewer Accents

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Mar 21, 2011 @ 06:03 AM

Custom Bath Trends: Designing A Retreat

Choosing Cabinetry, Storage, and Tile for the Master Bath 

By Andrea Enns, Design Coordinator, Stanton Homes

Keeping things neat and clean is another part of the spa-look trend seeing as an uncluttered and orderly space is definitely more soothing and tranquil. 

2011 Master Bath Trends | NC Custom Home Builders Master bath vanities have become larger and if you are not thinking about upgrading to more drawers in your vanity then you really should.  Drawers are a small ticket upgrade that pay off tremendously in the long run as they make the best use of all the space available in your vanity. 

We will continue to see a strong shift to warm wood tones like Maple Nutmeg and Cherry Spice mixed with the same warm neutral grays we are seeing in the kitchen, along with white and also soothing ethereal blues for accent. 

Currently wood grain vanity cabinets have a stronger following than white cabinets but we are seeing varying soft shades of white mixed with warm grays and tans appearing on laser printed porcelain tiles that portray the beautiful look of natural stone.

When considering your new tile work, once again spa-like features come to mind as the design trend is towards simple design with a strong focus on convenience.

2011 Master Bath Trends | NC Custom Home Builders Built in cubbies and built-in corner shelves should definitely be on your list of affordable and practical upgrades to your new bathroom as they provide handy, much needed storage.

Gone are the days when it was only your teenage daughter who could be sited for stowing several bottles of “goup” in the shower. Nowadays, I am asked more often to incorporate two cubbies or two corner shelves into the shower design as “he” seems to have just as many grooming products as “she “ does…..the funniest conversations do often occur around this topic!

2011 Master Bath Trends | NC Custom Home Builders Planning for the storage and organization of one’s shower grooming products is simply an extension of the idea of more drawers the vanity and designing for “his and hers” vanities for that matter—everyone wants a place for their own “stuff”. 

For tile work, the spa look is most often displayed through tranquil natural stone looks creating an even more restful environment by using the same large tiles on the floor and on the shower walls.

Accents today seem to follow the “less is more” theory but nonetheless they are still very, very popular.

Amongst the most popular for tile accent is the use of natural stone or glass mosaics or often even a combination of the two.

2011 Master Bath Trends | NC Custom Home Builders We are seeing a thin sliver of  wall accent to create something very subtle, however, thinking along the terms of creating a more luxurious and inviting look, consider taking the same mosaic and using it on your master bath tub deck—not the sides and the splash—just the deck. 

This creates visual interest in an unexpected location, and in practical terms, the tub deck is really the smallest overall surface in the bathroom, making tiling this area in an eye-catching, exotic or shimmery mosaic, an affordable touch of luxury.

You can think “soothing and tranquil” on a budget and choose warm wood tone cabinetry, lime-stone look porcelain tiles installed in a simple design, and paint your walls a warm neutral gray.

While you’re at it, don’t forget to consider adding more drawers in your vanity and adding built in cubbies and corner shelves in your shower as these are affordable and smart upgrades.  

After weighing all of the available options and making your final decisions you will be able to look forward to finally relaxing in your private retreat—your new spa-look bathroom.  

Send us YOUR design questions to "Ask Andrea", and look to Stanton Homes for the answers you need.

 

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Kitchen Color Trend Forecast - "Must Read" for Kitchen Design

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Dec 29, 2010 @ 07:12 AM

What’s cooking in the Kitchen?  Here's our Kitchen Color Trend Forecast, courtesy of Andrea Enns. Ask Andrea your questions about custom home design trends!  

Here's the forecast of kitchen color trends for this year:

THE MAIN COURSE:

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As the color gray continues to influence several design trends it will be prove to be a strong force in kitchen design.

This is not a striking change but rather a strengthening of an already existing trend.

WALLS:  We will see warm gray paints on walls such as Sherwin Williams 7641 Collonade Gray or Sherwin Williams 7647 Crushed Ice.


CABINETS: For cabinets gray is predicted to show up in a traditional way on painted Shaker style cabinets and in a more modern way in sleek high gloss finishes but either way, it will be paired with dark brown and white.

Locally we are seeing warm gray neutrals such as those found in natural limestone and granite colors (Ambi White , Kashmir White, or River White) being paired Kitchen Cabinet Color Trends | Custom Home Kitchen Designwith dark walnut cabinets or cherry or maple cabinets offered in Espresso or Chocolate finishes.

However, we are also seeing these warm grays beginning to be used with white or a combination of brown and white. 

This is great affirmation of the sustainability of traditional white cabinetry and good news for all of you white cabinet fans! 

Break up your white cabinets with an island of pickled oak or natural hickory cabinets -both light, neutral hues that lean towards light stone shades rather than anything golden.  

Add a honed Emperador mosaic stone backsplash or rich dark brown granite and warm gray walls.

THE SIDE DISHES:

Fun accessories and small appliances will provide personality with pops of neon or jewel toned color. Although we have started to consider colors such as rich reds and blues for major appliances in our laundry rooms, it is not predicted that these will be popular appliance color choices in our kitchens

Since we are spending more and more time in our kitchens when we entertain in open floor plans, homebuyers are thus tending to assign more and more of our new home construction budget to the finishes and functionality of our kitchens.

With that in mind, we naturally want our investment to last which is why bright colors are left for the smaller ticket items. The accent colors are bold shades that remind us of exotic destinations. Look for shades of pink, orange, turquoise, and green.

Look a little ways into the future and just picture how you’ll have it all together with the brightly colored mixing bowl set from the leading kitchen accessory retailer sitting on top of your new island of espresso brown shaker cabinets with an Ambi White granite top and how that bright colored print will look outstanding against your warm gray walls.

Andrea Enns, Design Coordinator, Stanton Homes

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Do you have interior design questions? Want to know  the hottest kitchen color design trends for your Raleigh new home?

Then "Ask Andrea," on-staff interior design expert for Raleigh new home builder Stanton Homes.

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Stanton Homes continues to offer the information you're looking for.  Check back for more interior design trend tips!

Send us YOUR design questions to "Ask Andrea", and look to Stanton Homes for the answers you need.

New Homes Raleigh NC | Interior Design ExpertAndrea Enns is an on staff design expert at Stanton Homes, offering professional design selection services to custom home clients as part of Stanton Homes' exclusive custom home packages. 

Andrea's extensive training includes the School of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Manitoba and Red River College, a two year Design Internship in Vancouver, BC,  under British Designer Jackie Yearsley, and years of experience with design and renovation.  Andrea has worked with many of Raleigh’s top custom home builders, and contributed design work in many of the area’s finest Parade Homes.

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