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Clever Ideas for Paint Accents, Patterns, and Colors in Raleigh Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Sep 08, 2014 @ 08:09 AM

Clever Ideas for Wall Paint

Accents, Patterns, and Color Tips

While colors will come in and out of popularity, the tricks on how to use those colors will stay the same.

Learn where to place an accent wall, how to integrate multiple color tones, and get ideas for patterns and colors in your new home.

Paint an Entertainment Center

When you're looking up at a two story wall, it will feel more aesthetically pleasing if there is trim, art work, or an accent piece placed roughly two-thirds up a wall.

Your walls will seem more balanced, without losing out on first impressions the dramatic height of the room will create.

In this Raleigh custom home, an accent color topped with white trim delineates an entertainment center, giving your eyes something to focus on in this expansive, window filled room.

Get more tips on how to design and decorate two story rooms here

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Paint an Accent Wall

You'll have much more flexibility when picking accent colors than primary wall colors. While your main wall color should be flexible enough that it can go with - and enhance - many other colors, the sky is the limit for an accent wall.

Love a shades of blue? Add a dark accent wall in the living room, and use a tile back splash that feature blue tones in the kitchen.

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Paint Wainscoting

While wainscoting is generally talked about as a lower wall treatment found most often in formal dining rooms and bathrooms, painted wainscoting designs that span the full height of the room are becoming more popular. 

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Paint a Ceiling

Shades of grey have been hugely popular for the past several years, popping up as a motif in million dollar homes, contemporary designs, and craftsman style lodges.

In this luxury custom home, a light grey coats the walls, and a dark grey makes the ceiling pop against white beams.

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Paint an alcove, nook, or art display space

Consider adding a splash of color to an alcove, nook or art space. These spaces are small, and can be easily repainted, so you can use a trendy splash of color without hesitating.

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Accent an Entire Room

Formal dining rooms are a favorite place to add an accent color, distinct from the rest of the home. Red formal dining rooms are very traditional, and a frequent request in Raleigh custom homes.

A painted ceiling will draw your color upwards - and give the dining room a more distinct space.

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Darken the Master Suite

Dark walls will create a more intimate feel in the master bedroom - especially when paired with ample natural light coming through your private back yard. If your primary house paint color is a neutral beige, consider a warm tan or brown for the master suite.

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Blue Master Baths

Blue is associated with images of freshness (clean water) and goodness (blue skies, blue ocean, delicate Robin’s eggs), which is probably why it is such a commonly used “go to” choice for the master bathroom.

Blue and white as a color combination is as traditional as black and white, and in terms of decorating, the combination of blue and white boasts an even longer history.

And a blue and white master suite will distinguish your personal spaces from the rest of your home.

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Paint a Centerpiece Accent Wall

Find a neutral shade you love, and use it throughout your home. Then, find a color one or two shades darker on the same pre-made color strips. Add the darker colors in accent areas.

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Paint a Two-Tone Room

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Two-tone accent walls can add dimension to your home.

The key to incorporating an accent wall is to find ways to incorporate the same colors, textures, or tones in other rooms throughout the home.

If you decide on a red formal dining room, consider adding a stripe of red in a kids bedroom or game room.


Paint a Three-Tone Room

Three shades of a soft blue paint give a beach-house feel to this Raleigh craftsman home (the square windows are a customary craftsman feature).

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

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Color Guide: How to Use Black in Your NC New Home Interior Design

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Aug 18, 2014 @ 15:08 PM

Where to Use the Color Black

NC New Home Interior Design Using Black


The color black is cropping up in new ways in 2014 NC new homes - as a paint pigment, fixture finish, tile tone, and kitchen appliance color. 

The use of black makes a strong statement, as a color associated with luxury, elegance, and sophistication. See photos and get tips on how to add a touch of black to your NC new home, here.

Black Painted Walls

Most top designer blogs are boasting the benefits of black walls, ceilings, and doors.

In this mud room / laundry room / dog room combination, two walls are painted in a black chalk paint, designed for grocery and to-do lists.

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Black Flooring Finishes

Black carpeting

Adding carpet is a great way to add color, texture, and warmth to a space. While you may want to stick with soothing carpet colors for your bedrooms - such as neutral patterns and cream designs - black carpets can make a statement of elegance in smaller spaces.

In this version of The Summerlyn, a black patterned carpet runner was added to the hardwood staircase. The bold black color stands out against creams, beiges, and browns. 

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Black hardwood stain

In more contemporary home styles, buyers are choosing wood stains in with an ebony (ie very dark brown to black) finish.

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Black Kitchen Design Ideas

There are many ways to integrate black features and finishes into your custom home kitchen. The three most popular places to add a splash of black are the tile back splash, granite counter tops, and appliances.

Black tile back splashes

We're seeing more black tiles within kitchen back splash selections - as a brick lay splash and as accents within a multi-tone mini mosaic design. 

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Black counter tops

Whether the granite has a black pattern or solid black composition, black kitchen counter tops are popping up in more custom kitchens.

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(See another home with entirely black counter tops here.)

Black kitchen sinks

While white sinks are popular in farmhouse and rustic kitchen designs, black sinks are a top request for contemporary and modern designs.

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Black kitchen appliances

Even though black appliances tend to cost a bit less than stainless steel appliances, some home owners are choosing them based on their color - not their lower price tag.

Especially in all white kitchens, black appliances are making an appearance in more 2014 custom homes.

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Black Master Suite Feature Design Ideas

A black counter top in this master closet island draws out the black knobs and levers throughout the master bath.

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Similar to the kitchen back splash, black tiles can be blended into a tile shower or tile bath.

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Black Accents in Secondary Rooms and Powder Rooms

Secondary rooms - such as the powder room - are great spaces to integrate black features.

In this secondary bath, a black granite pattern contains speckles of brown - used to tie in the cabinet and tile colors.

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A contemporary black vanity with glass front gives this powder room upscale appeal.

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If you love light maple wood floors, consider paring them with ebony or black staircase railings. 

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Black lighting fixtures can be added to any room in your home - for a subtle touch of elegance. 

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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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