Farmhouse Chic and Other Popular Design Trends Explored

farmhouse style decorAre you in the interior design phase of building a custom home? Let the fun begin. You get to choose colors, patterns, and textures to give your home a look that reflects your style and works for your daily life. You may have had a vision in mind from the beginning when you first started looking at custom home lots in Greensboro. Or you may be just starting to think about the interior décor and trying to decide on a particular style or theme. Wherever you are in the process, consider these popular design trends to give you plenty of ideas. 

Farmhouse Chic. This one has been popular for a few years now, but new twists on the same concept keep it relevant year after year. The idea behind farmhouse chic involves taking outdoor or farm-inspired items (such as barn doors, wagon wheels, and mason jars) and repurposing them to look more polished. Put your spin on it and you’ll have a unique look for any room of your home.  

Industrial. The very opposite of farmhouse chic, an industrial style is urban inspired. While it also incorporates outdoor items, the similarity ends there. Industrial style brings raw materials indoors, such as brick, steel, and wood, and leaves them exposed as you might see in a Manhattan loft. 

Oriental Zen. Bring the peace and tranquility of a Zen garden into your home with an oriental theme. Incorporate Asian-inspired art, bamboo, live plants, or even a small indoor fountain for the relaxing sounds of moving water. Keep colors subdued for a natural look.  

Nautical or Beach.  If you love the ocean, whether you live near the water or not, a nautical or beach-inspired theme is always a classic option. Incorporate anchors, ships, and bold stripes or seashells, lighthouses, and pastels. Combine any of these decorative items to create a coastal comfort everyone will love.  

Minimalist. This style is ideal for anyone who likes a neat, clutter-free home. Minimalist is just how it sounds- minimal. Simple furniture, no knick-knacks, neutral colors, and modern art. Bare floors, minimal window treatments, and no-frills are the rules with this design style. 

Retro. The best way to describe retro décor is fun. Retro design involves choosing pieces from a certain period of the past, maybe just one decade (such as the 1960s). Include bold prints, bright colors, and funky accessories that inspire excitement. You can find new items that are retro-inspired, or choose vintage items that have stood the test of time and may need some fresh paint.  

Put your own Style into your New Custom Home 

These are just a few of the currently popular design trends for custom homes. Do some research on these and other styles to find something that suits your unique personality and that of your family. One of the best things about building a custom home is the freedom to design it your way.  

Find Available Custom Home Lots in Greensboro in the Top Neighborhoods 

Don Mills Builders is currently constructing new homes on custom home lots in some of Greensboro’s most desired communities. If you’re interested in having a custom home designed and built with your own style and features, call Don Mills Builders today at (336) 362-1777.  

8 Tips for Choosing the Right Paint Colors for your Custom Home

empty room to be paintedBuilding a custom home is an exciting endeavor. Your home can be your dreams made into reality. But with that freedom comes a lot of choices, which can be overwhelming. Choosing paint colors is one of the many decisions you’ll need to make. Not sure where to start? Try these 8 tips for choosing paint colors for custom homes in Greensboro.

  1. Start in the great room. The great room refers to the main living area. This is a great place to start because the paint color here will be very visible, especially in an open-concept home. The rest of the color choices can be complementary shades.  
  2. Start with the boldest color you want to use. If you have a bold hue in mind for one of the main living areas, start with that color and build your other color choices from there. 
  3. Choosing a color palletYour colors should complement each other. The easiest way to do this is to choose a strip of paint colors that includes lighter and darker tones of a color. Another option is to choose a color and then have lighter and darker shades of that color to complete your color pallet. 
  4. Consider sight lines. Keep in mind which rooms are visible from each other. These rooms should have complementary colors. 
  5. Make hallways and stairwells neutral. Connecting areas in your home are best left neutral so that they won’t clash with the colors in any other rooms along the way.  
  6. Upstairs and downstairs zones can have separate color pallets. While your stairwell and even the connecting upstairs hallway may need to be one continuous color, you can treat the rest of your upstairs as a different zone with its separate style and color pallet.  
  7. Open concept floor plans must have complementary colors. When you choose an open floor plan you may not be able to use as many colors, as each room blends into the next. Choose a color that works well for the entire space and incorporate additional colors in trim and other areas.  
  8. Don’t rely on paint chip cards. Paint cards are great ideas to get ideas, but they don’t provide a true sense of how it will look in a large room or area. Consider buying paint samples. Paint them directly unto the walls for a better comparison.  

Don’t Sweat it, Paint is Only Temporary 

Always keep in mind, repainting is an option. If you don’t like the colors after a few months of years, go back to the drawing board and try again. Nothing is permanent when it comes to paint. 

Don Mills Builds Luxury Custom Homes in Greensboro 

If you’re looking for a custom home builder, Don Mills is currently building luxury homes in the most desired up and coming neighborhoods in Greensboro. With both framing and décor expertise, Don Mills Builders can make the many choices easy, including paint colors. Call (336) 362-1777 today to inquire about custom homes in Greensboro by Don Mills.