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The front door of your home is like the cover on a book, the wrapping on a present, or the icing on a cake – it’s a preview of what’s to come. Your front door assures you that you’ve arrived safely home. It warmly greets your guests and welcomes them in. With so much of your home’s reputation resting on your front door, we wanted to share some tips and inspiration to help you make your front door a true representation of the family and home that resides within.
When focusing on exterior colors for your home, most experts will recommend going by the “70-25-5” rule:
Body color (70%)
Trim color (fascia, windows, overhangs) 25%
Accent color (doors and/or shutters) 5%
Since the paint color you select for your door will only be used on about 5% of the exterior of your home, it’s a great place to experiment and go bold!
A well-lit front entrance not only looks lovely, it’s also practical. Wall lanterns on each side of the door will give your home a warm, welcoming look, while assuring the safety of those who enter.
Low-level path lights will brighten your walkway while highlighting nearby flower beds, shrubs and ground cover. Low-level path lights can also be used to define the boundaries of long driveways. Convert decks, porches, and patios into romantic retreats by concealing mini-lights under steps, railing or benches.
Plants, light fixtures, house numbers, door handles, mailboxes and door-knockers can all help enhance the look of your front door. These front door accessories are usually pretty low-cost, and therefore, low-commitment pieces so have fun with them and switch them out often.
Now, let’s indulge in some front door decadence!
You only get one chance to make a good first impression – and the same goes for your house! Whether you’re getting ready to put your house on the market, or you just want to do a little sprucing up, the curb appeal of your house is what makes that so very important first impression. If people don’t like what they see on the outside, chances are they will be less inclined to want to see what’s on the inside, and vice versa. So take a little time this spring to invest in the curb appeal of your house. Here are some tips to get you started.
Create beauty with symmetry: Symmetry is not only pleasing to the eye, but it is also simple to arrange. Light fixtures, potted plants and outdoor art work can all be easily arrange in a symmetrical fashion to accent your front door.
Give your home a facelift: Whether you need to replace some old hardware, install a new mailbox or give your entire house a fresh coat of paint, there are many ways to freshen up the exterior of your home. Your local paint professional can help you pick out the perfect exterior paint colors for your home.
Add architecture: Adding a cute fence or romantic archway can add instant curb appeal. Using these elements, you can define outdoor spaces and gardens to make them feel like an extension of your home.
The term “shade” refers to the addition of black to a color and adding black lowers the chroma of a color. The more black and/or white that are added to a color the more neutral it becomes. Neutralized colors are the most versatile shades in the palette as they coordinate with other colors more easily.
Neutralized colors are the mainstay of any palette. They are relaxing, gentle and calming making them excellent backgrounds in any home. They include both the warm and cool sides of the palette to coordinate with any of the more than thousand colors in the Color Is selection.
The color Beige Spirit is a warm red-cast gold. Gold is one of the hot new trends for 2011 and this one fits into that forecast. Its warm glow places it into the Tuscan colors so popular today. It pairs well with terra cotta, brown, rust, sage, dusty blue and muted yellow greens. The green-cast gold Life’s Essence has the same qualities and coordinates.
The lighter gold, Morning Passage is a softer version of gold that is perfect for bedrooms and living spaces. This color is a good substitute for off whites because of its versatility and neutrality.
Grey Spector is a truly adaptable neutral as it is positioned between the warm and cool side of the palette. This rich beige has a strong connection to nature and can work as a coordinate for both interior and exterior products.
The cooler side of the palette gives us Misty Aire and Grey Veil. These most neutral grays are becoming more popular as a basic color but will not surpass the strength of the warm neutral beiges.
Lavender Fog is a neutralized violet showing promise as more popular hue. It is time that a new color enters into the fray. It interesting that this hue is between the warm reds and cool blues on the color wheel. This offers us a delightful change of pace in the almost neutrals, something different to consider.
Some people say color follows in definite cycles, some say you can predict color by the economy or its time has come. Some of that is true but for the most part colors happen because of more than one outside influence.
Most color futurists agree that color has a beginning in fashion, mostly because it changes for every season. If a color catches on in fashion you can count on it showing up on unrelated products down the road. But where does the fashion industry get its influence? It can be a single designer who has a runway show that features unique styles or embellishments and the color goes along for the ride. It may be picked up by someone in the limelight such as a movie star, they wear it to a much publicized event and high end boutiques or department stores carry it in limited supplies. The chain continues if the color remains popular and it is placed on ready to wear clothing or accessories at lower price points where the majority of the population can embrace or reject it. Once it is adopted by the general public it is free to spread its popularity into other categories, such as textiles and home furnishings. The automotive industry may have placed it on cars and ingrained it more into the marketplace. It may have picked up companions on its road to popularity. For example the popularity of cranberry with hunter green in the nineties or the gray and mauve combo in the eighties. In the last few years the aqua and chocolate duo made both colors hits in fashion and home furnishings.
Being paint manufacturers you can grab and adapt the trends much faster than most other products giving us an enviable position. Room schemes should put paint as the last color to be added as it provides the glue that make a color scheme cohesive. Wall colors frame the design of a room and act as a canvas to the items we treasure and surround ourselves with.
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The Arts and Crafts movement was born in England in the late 1800â€™s and grew in popularity to flourish in North America. New home styles reflect many of the design details that made this style popular. It is further popularized by those same features appearing in commercial buildings as well.
The Arts and Crafts movement began as an effort to maintain the handmade craftsmanship of design that was being lost to the industrial revolution and mass production in Europe. This movement grew to include Bungalow design, originally designed as resort lodging in the early 1900â€™s.Â These bungalows with the large extended roofs and porches were particularly suited to the warm climate and became popular in California.
Gustav Stickley, who published his influential magazine, the Craftsman, included over 220 home designs. After WWII mail order companies like Montgomery Wards and Sears, Roebuck and Company offered kits that included all the components make affordable homes and their popularity grew, therefore the term Craftsman was born.
Several regional styles developed the large Arts and Crafts style evolved into the low one story styles popular in warmer climates of Florida, California and Texas that were influenced by the Spanish Missions and therefore became known as Mission style.
The Arts and Crafts homes are recognized by the elements of divided light windows, low pitched roofs with deep eaves with corbels and triangular brackets, covered porches, wood or shake siding, square tapered columns and contrasting trim. Natural wood and stone were included in the design, especially in the front porch designs.
The Mission style evolved from the Arts and Crafts style and adapted arches, stucco, tile roofs and rough cut stones as influences of the Spanish missions and was popular in Texas, California and Florida.
Todayâ€™s new homes reflect many of the elements found in these earlier styles with a mix materials and colors. Stone is used as an accent with painted trim and walls in contrasting colors, usually White against a muted or neutral hue. Colors are kept natural or nature based with clay, gray, warm greens and muted golds being the most popular.
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