How to Pick the Perfect Paint

How to Pick the Perfect Paint

Eggshell, satin, semi-gloss? What goes where?

Here’s a handy guide for what paint types work best in different areas of the home:

  • Flat: Best for ceilings and low traffic areas; a matte finish is best at concealing imperfections.
  • Eggshell: Best for rooms with moderate traffic; works well for hallways or formal living rooms. Eggshell has a slight sheen and gloss.
  • Satin: Best for moderate to high traffic areas; can usually be wiped clean easily, so it works well for children’s rooms, kitchens, or bathrooms.
  • Semi-Gloss: Has a slightly glossy appearance. Like satin, this is easy to clean so it works well for kitchens and bathrooms
  • High-Gloss: High shine – works well in areas with lots of light and is typically used to highlight interesting architectural elements; also good for painted trim (baseboards, moldings, etc.). Highest durability but lowest ability to conceal an imperfection.

Color Sampling

Photo courtesy of Samplize

Many companies provide swatches or paint samples for you to try out at home. Swatches tend to be too small to really get a real feel for what the color will look like in your space. And, paint samples are not always an exact match with the final product. Plus, taking the time to paint and waiting for it to dry to see the final color is time-consuming. Then, what to do with all the paint samples?

Samplize — A new, innovative peel and stick paint product keeps the process simple and efficient. According to the website, “The samples have the same effect as paint on a wall surface. They provide the kind of accuracy and texture that was only before achieved through purchasing sample paint and doing all the work in-house. Best of all, the samples eliminate environmental waste created by surplus sample paint, which is rarely disposed of in the correct way.” The samples come in 12′ x 12′ repositionable flexible decals, so you can use them on flat surfaces or wrap around corners.

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Creativity in Flex Spaces

Creativity in Flex Spaces

Change is all around us, having become the norm in American society. And as our lives change, we begin to appreciate homes that were designed to adapt to our changing situations. It’s called flexible design.

Flexibility in Design

With a flex space, you are in charge. No longer need that guest room? No problem. Designed to work for any function, Flex Spaces are easy to transition with your changing needs.

We live in the digital age and virtually anything can be done online, including many of our jobs. Did you recently transition to a work-from-home career but don’t have a home office? A Flex Space offers the perfect solution. Whether it be a full-sized room, such as a guest room, converted to a home office or a Pocket Office™, a smaller space that can be closed off when not in use, the choice is yours.

Take for instance the Sinclair (plan #1748) with two Flex Spaces that can easily work as a formal dining room, home office, den, or guest room. Or, the Woman-Centric Sinclair II (plan #42159) that presents the Flex Spaces in a different layout, incorporating the Pocket Office™ design concept rather than a full office. These spaces can change in functionality as your needs evolve.

With our Livability at a Glance™ colorized floor plans you can easily see flexible living areas of the home. Learn more by clicking here.

Texture Adds Interest

Texture Adds Interest

Creating textured walls that add interest without overwhelming your living space can be a challenge. One easy way to add interest and soft texture is by adding white shiplap to your space. The unique design is perfect for the popular modern farmhouse look, and your budget.

Photos Courtesy of Artistic Tile

Another option is to add textured monochromatic tile, like the Ambra Collection from Artistic Tile. Each piece is hand carved and honed to polish and shape the stone, giving it a wave-like appearance. You will instantly feel more serene as you look at the gentle flowing design of each tile. The Ambra Collection is available in six color options and because it is natural stone, it will accentuate any décor.

Bringing the outside elements in has never been more elegant.

Read more in our latest edition of Her Home™ Magazine.

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A New Twist on an Old Favorite

A New Twist on an Old Favorite

9166 Troon Manor Main LevelThe modern farm house design has reached an all-time high in popularity. Though, you may wonder how this modern  differs from a traditional farm house design? In this example, the Troon Manor (plan #9166) takes the Farm House Design and ups the ante.

With highly desirable features such as a luxurious owner’s retreat with coffered ceilings, a large kitchen designed for entertaining, and flex spaces throughout, the Troon Manor gives luxury to an otherwise more modest design.

By incorporating luxurious features, you can be surprised with something a little unexpected. The open floor plan and welcoming exterior are natural amenities found with most modern farm house plans; however, it’s the extra touches that will grab your attention!

View our growing collection of Modern Farm House designs to see what other “surprises” you may find.

Modern vs. Industrial – What’s the difference?

Modern vs. Industrial – What’s the difference?

Modern design is known for interesting architectural features, elevations with mixed materials, and very open floor plans. Industrial design takes those features and incorporates exposed interiors, metal or concrete finishes, and high beamed ceilings. So, are all modern designs also industrial? Not so fast…

Plans such as the Platinum Woods (plan #29382) has a very modern and industrial vibe. With the concrete-like stucco finish, metal framed windows, and an open floor plan, it’s easy to see this as a more industrial contemporary design.

Alternatively, the Beckley Springs (plan #42349) offers a more coastal modern aesthetic, without incorporating industrial elements. The open floor plan offers an airy feel, while the built-in organization nook keeps it warm and family friendly. Yet, the exterior design elements feature a slightly contemporary look.

Search our plan library for more selections – use the “House Plan Style” filter to search by style.

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