During the boom of the early 2000s, everything in real estate was about resale. Every decision that homeowners and builders were making was about mainstream tastes, neutral colors and what the ‘market’ wanted to buy. And that is how we ended up with acres and acres of beige homes with almond windows and almond trim. It’s no wonder we are seeing a resurgence in color and unique features and finishes, we’ve been ‘beige-ed out’.
Color and finish are great ways to show your personality, frame your furnishings and possessions and bring joy into your daily life. For me a beautiful color in my bedroom helps me wake up with a smile!
While I don’t recommend intense color all over the place, there are spaces that can take more color. Bathrooms, entryways, and dining rooms are great places to go deeper with color or bring in an unusual material. Walls that have big windows or lots of shelving are also good candidates for a bold color choice. Keep in mind that white trim will really make colors pop!
Accent walls can be done out of almost anything: wood, steel, wallpaper, flooring and cork. Lots of materials can be applied to a wall – I’ve seen sheet music used as wall paper! Wainscot paneling will tend to cut a room in half, using a whole wall is a more modern approach that will make the room seem taller. Finish materials can add color and texture and even bounce light – so get creative!
Barn doors are a great place to add color and texture to a wall since they are out in the open and take up a lot of wall space – why not make it unique and colorful?
As we get into the finish stages of a project, I have a list of ‘art projects’ that have popped up over the course of the design and building process. Often, it’s a built-in or a door or a trim detail that came out of a serendipitous remnant, craigslist find or brainstorm. Metal roofing can become a backsplash. We’ve built doors and shelving out of leftover flooring, metal strapping, reclaimed lumber and ceiling material.
Reclaimed trusses can be the inspiration for a whole house build! Salvaged bowling alley can make beautiful (heavy – it’s more than 2” thick) countertops, benches and shelving.
Metal pipes can become a handrail or towel rack. Penny Lane Home Builders will create a unique home for you!