October 16th, 2017

Top 5 Design Trends for Fall 2017

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What’s New In the Design World?

Here at CustomBuilders, we’ve scoured the world wide web for the top trends in home design. Below, we’ve summed up our personal favorites in one convenient spot.

Trend #1: Velvet Furniture and Accents

Ooh la la! We’re seeing this all over the runways and our favorite department stores. The only logical next step was on our furniture! And what more could you want as the nights grow chillier than cozy, luxurious velvet.

Try a velvet upholstered chair for the ultimate luxury, or go smaller with velvet pillows or a throw blanket to add a touch of high-end comfort. Or, for a fun fall kick, sneak in a velvet pumpkin or two! Try these scented pumpkins from Etsy:

Velvet scented pumpkins from Etsy

Trend #2: Brass Anything

Take your interior to the next level with a splash of brass. Now synonymous with understated luxury, brass has been labeled StyleBlueprint’s comeback of the year. To incorporate in your home, think adding brass fixtures (like drawer pulls or knobs), pendants and light fixtures, tables with brass frames, or go all out with a brass chandelier like this one Apartment Therapy highlights:

Brass chandelier from Apartment Therapy

Trend #3: Terra Cotta Tile

Inject your home with instant warmth when you use this classic earthenware tile. With a more natural feel, terra cotta tile brings you back to basics.

You can either add new terra cotta tile in, or bring life to your current terra cotta tile by accenting it with other natural materials to really make it pop. Leave it to the French to come up with the perfect example of what we’re talking about in the photo below from Maison et Demeure:

Terra cotta inspo from maison et demeure


Trend #4: Artisanal Accents

Goodbye, DIY. Hello, finely crafted decor. Start small and add a few hand blown vases to your living room, or go all out with a finely worked wood table made by a local craftsman.

The idea here is to avoid the “quick and easy” method – instead, you’re focusing on works that take effort, skill, and creativity. We love this hand blown Venetian glass vase found on Etsy:

Hand Blown Glass Vase Etsy


Trend #5: Add a Splash of Red

Spotted on Elle’s list for upcoming 2018 trends, red furniture adds an unexpected pop of color to your home. After all, red is the color of passion.

Show your confidence in design by making a bright red chair or sofa the focal point of the room. Or, go small and just add red dishes:

Stock Photo Red Dishes

And that’s a wrap! How will you be incorporating these trends into your own home?

September 18th, 2017

Picking the Right Interior Colors

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Once you’ve settled on a floor plan and builder, you may think your decisions are over. Not so much! In some cases your builder may let you choose the paint colors for your newly crafted home, or you may be looking into some DIY once the home is built.

Either way, it all comes down to this: what colors will you choose for your new place?

Start With Your Favorites

Paint samplesHave a favorite color? That’s the perfect place to start! If you adore the color purple, you could look into using it as an accent color – purple throw pillows to complement gray living room walls, for example.

Take it one step further and look into what your favorite color says about you. Colors can have deeper meanings – and even affect your mood – so you’ll want to make sure that the paint color you choose is a true reflection of who you are.

Here are a few popular colors and their meanings, via The Spruce:

  • Red: fiery, warm, welcome.
  • Yellow: pleasant, cheerful (in small doses).
  • Blue: relaxing, easygoing.
  • Green: tradition, nature, abundance.
  • Neutrals: simplicity, balance.

Did any of those adjectives strike your fancy? That might be the color to use!

Working Your Color Into Your Home

Interior DecoratingNow that you’ve settled on a palette, you can start working on what rooms should be which color – and pick the accompanying furniture and decor to match.

If your favorite color is vibrant and strong (say, hot pink or firetruck red), you might not want to splash it all over your walls. Instead, you could paint the walls themselves a nice neutral – think sage green or slate grey. Your beloved color could then be used as an accent against the walls, giving you the perfect pop of color in your living space.

Pinterest Is Your Friend

Of course, we can’t forget about Pinterest! Collect a collage of your favorite items, colors, decorations, and more to create a room inspiration board. After awhile, you’ll likely see a pattern start to emerge – and you might even find some DIY tricks and awesome decor pieces to incorporate into your new home.

Still Stuck?

Many custom builders offer interior design assistance or design centers to help you pull together your style for your new home. And if all else fails, it’s always fun to take a quick quiz to see what style they think you have!

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