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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 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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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.

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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).


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


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.  


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


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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Kitchen Design: Which is Better, Gas or Electric Cooktops?

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jun 01, 2011 @ 06:06 AM

Kitchen Cooktop Styles

Which Should You Buy, Gas or Electric?


Whether you are building a new home or upgrading your current kitchen, you may be debating the pros and cons of a gas cooktop versus an electric cooktop.

There are several factors that could impact your decision, including cost, convenience, and visual appeal.

Below are some of the advantages and disadvantages to gas and electric cooktops.

New Home Gas Cooktop with Vent


Benefits of Gas Cooktops:

1. Professional work area: Gas cooktops are used by professional chefs, for their instant heat, greater precision, flexibility, and ease of use.

2. Visual appeal: More gas cooktops use an overhead ventilation system that can be more visually appealing. 

Gas Cooktop


Drawbacks of Gas Cooktops:

1. Initial Costs: Depending on the size, style, and complexity of your cooktop, a gas range is could cost more up-front. Future energy savings may help even out the cost, depending on the home and location.

2. Need for a fuel supply and fuel line: You will need to maintain a supply of natural gas or propane, which can be stored in a tank on-site.

3. Strict regulations: You may not be able to add a new gas cooktop to your existing kitchen without major revisions. If you are building a new home, talk with your builder about specific restrictions that could apply.




Custom Home Electric Cooktop Styles

Benefits of Electric Cooktops:

1. Initial cost: Electric cooktops generally cost less up-front than gas cooktops.

2. Convenience: Flat electric cooktops are easy to install and easy to clean. There is no need of an additional fuel source.

3. No open flame: To some, the open flame on a gas cooktop could be considered unsafe.



Kitchen Cooktop Electric Range


Drawbacks of Electric Cooktops:

1. Time: Electric cooktops take more time to heat up and cool down

2. Heat ranges: Electric cooktops generally have a shorter range of temperatures, and cannot get as hot as gas cooktops. 




If you are building a new custom home in the Raleigh area, make sure to talk with your builder about kitchen design selections.

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

Ask Andrea your questions about custom home selections, designs, and styles.  If you are having trouble deciding between a gas and electric cooktop, ask Andrea!



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Top 5 Kitchen Design Trends | New Home Kitchen Design

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Apr 12, 2011 @ 10:04 AM

Top Five Kitchen Design Trends in New Homes


Will these kitchen trends fade away, or are they important and practical features that will make an already attractive new home even better in the years to come?  

Take a look through these top trends, and decide what your new home can’t live without.


5.  Built in Storage

As households are scaled back to more affordable designs, an emphasis has been placed on conveKitchen Design Trends with Storagenient storage solutions. 

Say goodbye to clutter on your counters.

With just a small extension of the existing space, underneath the serving bar, eating bar area, or island can become an important storage center. 


4.  Oversized Islands

Larger kitchens demand an oversized island.  Oversized islands offer extra cabinetry for storage, and can be designed in a variety of ways.

Kitchen Design Trends   Island Sink

- Large seating area on one side, raised or same height

- Kitchen desk area

- Separate range top and cooking center

- Preparation area with vegetable sink

Accents like display shelves, corbels, and "furniture" posts can be added.



3.  Built in Banquettes

A built in seating area near the kitchen can maximize space and storage. 

Built in seats are flush against the wall, and can be placed under windows for a fresh and open feel.

Banquettes can range in size, and storage can be built into the bench areas.


2.  Contrasting Kitchen Cabinetry

Want a way to make your kitchen look unique and eye-catching? Multiple finishes and styles of cabinetry make your Kitchen stand out with contrasting features and colors.

Contrasting pieces can be used for decorative range hoods, islands, even eating bar areas.


1.   Open Kitchens

The integration of kitchens with family livingKitchen Design Trends   Great Room space (also called "Great Rooms") is another growing trend.

Home spaces are becoming more casual, and being able to interact with your guests while preparing a meal is a must.

A half wall with an eating or serving bar is the perfect solution.




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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:


Kitchen Cabinet Color Trends | Custom Home Kitchen Design


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.


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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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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