Home design can feature anything you imagine if its in your budget. In this edition of Your Home, YNN's Solomon Syed tells us the design process starts on the outside.
"We're always inspired by the natural space, whether it is urban or in the country. The woodwork, the walls, and all the treatments in the home were designed to emphasize the exterior and not necessarily combat with the exterior of the home," said Jace Brown, a custom home designer.
As they move inside, the focus can change from room to room.
"Like a bedroom where we are now, trying to keep it calm and placid feeling. The way we accomplish that is by using very subtle finishes with slight amounts of shadow as opposed to very bright, vivid colors," explained Brown. "In this case we used batons on the wall to create interesting shadows on the wall, which is a very economical way to achieve interest without having to have elaborate paint schemes or finishes on the wall."
It is their job to link the different rooms together to make it feel like a home.
"The floors typically flow from one space to the other. Visual connectivity is obviously very important but also the way that you use the woodwork. In this house, for example, we used same species of wood throughout the home but gave it different finishes. So in some areas it was painted, in other areas it had this lighter finish, in others a dark grey finish so it's same material brought throughout the house, just used in different ways," said Brown.
One room that over time has become the focal point of the home is the kitchen.
Brown noted, "People are looking for connections between living room space and dining room space. The kitchen needs to blend with rooms around it and we often take great pains to make sure that the cabinetry itself actually integrates into the woodwork. We like to bring in different countertop materials so that various parts of the kitchen can stand out almost like furniture."
Another element to keep in mind is lighting, which can be integrated into the architecture without standing out from the rest of the home.
More information is available on the Phinney Design Group's site