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Traditional Dining Designs with Open Concept Living | NC Custom Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Six Ways to Craft an Open Concept Formal Dining Room

How to Combine Traditional Touches and Modern Spaces

Two "must have" floor plan design features for many North Carolina home buyers are a formal dining room and open concept living space. 

Get ideas for how to combine traditional features with modern layouts, in these open concept dining spaces. 

See how wainscoting walls, stone columns, bold colors, and Butler's Pantries can help transform casual eating spaces into formal dining rooms.

Traditional Formal Dining Room Idea #1: Single Wall Formal Dining

In this version of The Peay, a trey ceiling, formal black chandelier, and white wainscote paneling form a traditional dining room with only one wall. 

This dining room - filled with classic features - is completely open to the kitchen and great room. 

Traditional Dining Room | Open Concept Home

All you need to add is a rectangular or octagonal dining table. (A round table could make this space feel less formal - and look more like a contemporary breakfast room.)

Click here to see another version of this home, The Dugan, with a less formal take on the dining space. 

Traditional Formal Dining Room Idea #2: Vaulted Formal Dining 

In this version of The Carwile, Stanton Homes added a home hub (mud room / laundry room combination) and downstairs home office, in lieu of a traditional formal dining room.

Then, we transformed the breakfast nook into a modern, open concept dining room with vaulted ceiling, extra large trim, and wainscoting columns.  

Formal Dining Room Home Plans | Open Concept Homes

A glass French door leads to outdoor living spaces. All you need to add is a white rectangular table and chairs with a splash of color (such as a pattern of purples and greens that blend with the white, grey, black, and pebble backdrop). 

Traditional Formal Dining Room Idea #3: Butler's Pantry

This full wall butler's pantry transforms the breakfast space into a formal dining room, complete with craftsman style windows and a faux candel chandelier.

Formal Dining Room Home Plans | Open Concept Formal Dining Room

Glass front cabinets are perfect for displaying formal dishware such as china sets. Lower drawers offer easy-to-see storage. See a photo tour of this version of The Brogran, here.

Traditional Formal Dining Room Idea #4: Open Concept Dining 

A two sided fireplace acts as the third wall in this open concept formal dining room. 

A crystal chandelier lends a touch of elegance - to contrast with the grey wainscot walls and earthy fireplace stone. 

Formal Dining Room Home Plans | Open Concept Homes

Tour more of The Bryson, an Apex North Carolina custom home, here. 

Traditional Formal Dining Room Idea #5: Blue Formal Dining Room

This navy blue formal dining room uses modern color motifs and modern archways to create a more open concept design.

White wainscoting runs around the room, and art cut-out openings add to the open feel.

Formal Dining Room Designs | Open Concept Formal Dining Room

See more angles of this open concept formal dining room, in a photo gallery of The Christina, here.

Traditional Formal Dining Room Idea #6: Angled Dining Room

This dining space features white wainscoting with picture frame trim, a deep trey ceiling, and gold and crystal chandelier with lamp shade lights.

Wide archways keep this dining space completely open to the grand room and hallway to the kitchen.

Formal Dining Room Home Plans | Open Concept Formal Dining Room

See more of this home, a version of The Remington, in this photo gallery.

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Top 2014 New Home Design Trends | Bringing the Outdoors Inside

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 @ 11:10 AM

Unexpected interior designs that borrow outdoor details 

See how builders are bringing the outside - in, for 2014 custom homes that fit your lifestyle

Outdoor detail #1: Architectural stone columns

Architectural stone columns are making their way inside new custom homes for 2014, with bold character that makes a statement, with the solid warmth of timeless architecture.

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Outdoor detail #2: White columns

Columns aren't just for Greek facades anymore. White columns in Roman or traditional styles are sweeping custom home designs. They're making punctuation marks everywhere from entryways to family rooms, great rooms, master suites, and highlighted hallways. 

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You'll even see white columns in formal dining rooms, master bathrooms, and breakfast rooms in 2014 custom homes - take a look:

Click here to see photos of a version of the Summerlyn with white columns in the master bath and breakfast room. 

Click here to see photos of a version of the Sutherland with white columns in the formal dining room. 

Outdoor detail #3: Brick walls 

Masonry is also making a move in some custom homes - tracing the texture of an all brick exterior and reflecting it on a wall or feature inside.  

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Outdoor detail #4: Dog house 

The family dog will have more to wag about, with indoor dog houses and pet showers that pamper your pet (and keep your home fresh).

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Outdoor detail #5: Natural colors, materials, and finishes

Exposed wood ceiling beams and stone tile can add bold drama to special spaces. It's a hot new trend in 2014 custom home designs. 

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Outdoor detail #6: Natural light

New homes in 2014 are built around sunshine and light, with rooms that emphasize natural lighting - from sunrooms to two story great rooms and full walls of windows.

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Outdoor detail #7: Earth tones, textures, and colors

There are more hardwoods than ever to choose from, and some of the hottest are light and bright - including Bamboo or Natural Maple. 

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Today's lifestyles emphasize outdoor living. Ask your builder how to build your home around your favorite elements. 

 

More 2014 New Home Design Trends and Raleigh new home resources you may find helpful:

Are white kitchen cabinets in style for 2014?

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Dark Cabinets with Light Granite - Best Color Combinations (Photos)

2014 Color Trends - What Colors Will Be Most Popular?

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