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Dining Room Ideas | Home Trends for Apex North Carolina

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Nov 09, 2016 @ 14:11 PM

Formal Versus Informal Dining Spaces:

How popular are formal dining rooms in Apex North Carolina new homes?  We've analyzed the custom home floor plans from Parade of Homes entries, and here's what we found out about dining room trends:



79% of Apex new homes included a designated formal dining room.

Here's the full breakdown on formal versus informal dining trends, based on the Parade of Homes entries built and submitted by Apex new home builders.

1. Separate Dining Room Floor Plan - 79% of Parade of Homes Entries by Apex New Home Builders

  • 11 of 14 or 79% of Parade of Homes entries in Apex had a designated formal dining room.
  • Formal dining rooms are traditionally located near the front entry. As one of the first rooms in the home visible to guests, the formal dining often features special details such as a tray ceiling, wainscot wall panels, chair rail, or butler's pantry cabinets.

This Stanton Homes formal dining room has a butler's pantry with glass front cabinets, custom "reverse tray ceiling", and gray paint colors:  

Dining Room Ideas | Home Trends for Apex North Carolina

2. Dining Room Flex Space - 7% of Parade of Homes Entries by Apex New Home Builders

  • 1 of 14 or 7% of Apex homes had a "flex space" dining room.
  • Flexible dining rooms are spaces that can be easily closed in if the need arises. For instance, the dining room could have French door entries, allowing them to serve as a home office or formal living room as needed over time.  

This photo is an example of a flexible dining room / home office with glass French doors dividing the space from the foyer entry. The chandelier style light is reminiscent of formal dining rooms, while the built in bookcases are more common in a home office:

Dining Room Ideas | Home Trends for Apex North Carolina
 

3. Informal Dining Only - 14% of Parade of Homes Entries by Apex New Home Builders

  • 2 of 14 or 14% of homes in Apex had an informal dining room.
  • Informal dining rooms are generally dedicated to eating, but do not have the same "traditional" elements of a dining room. 

This photo shows an example of an informal dining room. The vaulted ceiling, hanging lights, and craftsman trim make this eating space feel formal. The lack of a third wall to divide the room from the kitchen keeps the space casual:

Dining Room Ideas | Home Trends for Apex North Carolina 

What does this mean for homebuyers in Apex NC?

Parade of Homes entries generally represent what trends new home builders believe homebuyers are looking for today.  

Looking for floor plans with a formal dining room or flex room?  Check out floor plan samples, including top-requested one story, main floor master, and two story plans, here:

Dining Room Ideas | Home Trends for Apex North Carolina


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Dining Room Ideas | Home Trends for Apex North Carolina

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This is representative only of the homes featured in the Parade of Homes, and not intended to be a general indicator of the Wake County new home market, though Parade of Homes can be representative of overall trends.  These statistics were derived by Penny Hull from public information about Parade of Homes entries, and are copyright Stanton Homes.  The statistics calculated above represent Parade of Homes entries in Wake County in Arcadia West, Colvin Park,Enclave at White Oak Creek, Hempstead at Beaver Creek, Madison at Evans Creek, Regency at White Oak Creek, Riley's Pond, Siena at Bella Casa, Stillwater, The Pines at Wake Crossing, The Townes at Bella Casa, Verona at Bella Casa new home communities.


 

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Top 5 Red Paint Colors for the Dining Room

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Dec 17, 2015 @ 11:12 AM

Best Paint Colors to use in a Formal Dining Room:

Hues of red often accent the walls of traditional formal dining rooms. Take a look at the NC new home photos below to see modern examples of how to integrate traditional red paint with contemporary dining room styles, trim features, and built-ins.



Most Popular Paint Colors for a Dining Room:

Dining rooms are usually built as formal spaces with columns, archway entrances, window rows, chair rail trim, wainscot panels, trey ceilings, and butler's pantries. Special details like trim style and built-in cabinetry features will help determine the best paint color schemes for your dining room.

Get ideas for your new home paint colors from these red dining rooms. And see why red paint is no longer reserved for traditional home plans.

Red Paint Color #1: "SW 2915 Sun-dried Tomato"

This formal dining uses two popular paint colors, red and gray, with white accents in the trim, wainscoting, and trey ceiling details.

A mini crystal changelier centers the formal dining table. Archways lead to the kitchen (with butler's pantry in the hallway) and foyer.

Top 5 Red Paint Colors for the Dining Room | North Carolina Custom Homes

This great room - photo from a version of the Statesman - is painted in SW 2915 Sun-dried Tomato by Sherwin Williams.

Red Paint Color #2: "SW 7593 Rustic Red"

A deep, rustic red paint highlights the custom trim features in this formal dining room, including the square wainscot panel design and octagonal trey ceiling.

Around the corner, get a glimpse of the built-in butler's pantry cabinets.

Top 5 Red Paint Colors for the Dining Room | North Carolina Custom Homes 

This great room - photo from a version of the Maple Lane - is painted in SW 7593 Rustic Red by Sherwin Williams.

Red Paint Color #3: "Rum Spice 160F-5" and "Colony Buff 7723"

Red paint tends to work best when paired with other strong elements, such as a crystal chandelier or accent paint color.

In this formal dining room, a beige paint ("Colony Buff 7723") on the lower portion of the walls gives more texture to the room. Dual columns also break up the space, and soften the bold paint choices.

Top 5 Red Paint Colors for the Dining Room | North Carolina Custom Homes

This dining room - photo from a version of the Sutherland - is painted in Rum Spice 160F-5 by Behr and Colony Buff 7723 by Sherwin Williams.

Red Paint Color #4: "SW 7595 Sommelier"

White wainscoting, coffer ceiling, and column contrast against the dark red dining room paint selection.

For confidence when choosing a deep paint color, make sure to ask your builder how trim, columns, coffer ceilings, and other details can work together with your paint selections.

Top 5 Red Paint Colors for the Dining Room | North Carolina Custom Homes

This dining room is painted in SW 7595 Sommelier by Sherwin Williams.

Red Paint Color #5: "SW 6320 Bravado Red"

White trim and wainscoting panels are a great design technique to break up any paint color, including a bright red hue.

The two-step trey ceiling, archways, and arched nooks allow you to make bolder paint choices in this formal dining room.

Top 5 Red Paint Colors for the Dining Room | North Carolina Custom Homes

This great room - photo from a version of the Oak Lane - is painted in SW 6320 Bravado Red by Sherwin Williams.


More Popular Dining Room Paint Colors

Here are links to formal dining rooms painted in gray, navy blue, green, beige, and other hues gaining popularity in North Carolina new homes:

  1. Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal HC - 166 - Dark gray formal dining room wainscoting
  2. SW 6244 Naval - Deep navy blue dining room
  3. SW 6178 Clary Sage - Soft green formal dining room paint
  4. SW 7036 Accessible Beige walls with coffer ceiling in SW 7039 Virtual Taupe

Contact Stanton Homes at 919-278-8070 or visit www.StantonHomes.com to learn more about building an NC custom home - with the help of an interior design expert throughout the selection process.

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Dining room wall ideas: Most popular wall treatments for new homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Oct 21, 2013 @ 06:10 AM

Dining room wall ideas

More popular wall treatments for your new home

Get dining room wall ideas for your new home - below are some of the most popular wall treatments for Raleigh custom homes: chair rail, wainscoting, and columns.

Dining room wall idea #1: Chair rail

Dining room wall ideas: Most popular wall treatments

Chair rail is a classic and traditional way to add depth and formality to your dining room.

Chair rail is one of our top requested dining room features, and will continue to be popular in 2014 Raleigh custom homes.  

The Built In Art Niche in this version of the Summerlyn adds more unique character to this Dining Room.

 

 

 

 

Dining room wall idea #2: Rectangle wainscoting panels

Dining room wall ideas: Most popular wall treatments

 

Wainscot panels, also referred to as trim panels, usually extend about 1/3 of the wall height.

While wainscoting can stand on its own, formal dining rooms usually integrate wainscot panels below the chair rail for additional formality. 

White wainscoting can be matched with any wall color - although more traditional dining rooms tend to be painted red.

 

Dining room wall idea #3: Square wainscoting panels

Dining room wall ideas: Most popular wall treatments

 

The shape, width, and height of dining room wainscoting can vary, depending on how you want your dining room to feel.

The antiqued light fixture and beige walls give this formal dining room a bit of mixed-genre character. 

 

 

 

Dining room wall idea #4: Columns

Dining room wall ideas: Most popular wall treatments

If you are looking for a more unique wall treatment, columns can create a huge impact.

See another example of a dining room with a column wall treatment in this version of the Summerlyn - click here.

 

 

 

 

 

More Raleigh custom home dining room trends:

How to convert a formal dining room into a home office

Floor plans with a formal dining room

Why am I seeing fewer formal dining rooms in new homes?

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