Interior Design Ideas
Want a relaxing getaway with your new beach house plan? Consider incorporating Benjamin Moore’s® 2014 Color of the Year. An ethereal Blue called “Breath of Fresh Air” is being hailed as a “new neutral” for the New Year.
“We chose Breath of Fresh Air because we were seeing it across several different environments—it is our new neutral,” said Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore’s® newly appointed Creative Director in a press release. “Our Color of the Year and Color Trends 2014 palette is a direct result of the fresh color cues and pastel trends we have seen throughout the home furnishing, fashion and even pop culture landscape.”
Benjamin Moore’s® 2014 Color Trends Collection breaks away from the pack. Not only is it packed with rich and enduring colors, but it is liveable for everyday homeowners and resonates with many different styles.
“As color rarely exists in isolation, Benjamin Moore® designed a palette of 23 colors that not only stand each on their own but also work well in harmony allowing the transitions of spaces and colors to flow seamlessly,” says the Benjamin Moore® press release.
The 23 carefully selected shades of Benjamin Moore® paint hues harmonize with each other to create the perfect interior design for any household, whether you are building a beach house plan or a cozy cottage house plan.
“We know that color is the ultimate form of personal expression, so we curated this collection to help consumers create beautiful spaces with confidence,” says O’Neill.
We love this ethereal blue and think that it is the perfect choice for a new house plan. Incorporate it in a beach house plan or for a simple bathroom retreat. Take a look through the house plan collections from Direct from the Designers and find the perfect place for your Breath of Fresh Air.
There is no denying the appeal of classic and historical houses. With the help of Benjamin Moore® you can construct a new home with authentic historical colors from their Williamsburg Collection. A set of 144 paints based on the original pigments that were developed over 250 years ago. This rich palette of American colors is available in a variety of finishes, from rich, velvety flats to the highest gloss. These are versatile enough to be incorporated into any house style but would be perfect in any colonial home to create a historical look that is also rich and contemporary.
When talking about American Colonial architecture, we often refer to the original thirteen colonies. The building styles of these original colonies were influenced by styles from England and traditions brought by the settlers from other parts of Europe. The buildings typically feature steep roofs, small leaded glass casement windows, rich ornamentation and a central chimney. The traditional orientation of these buildings was southeast in order to maximize light in the northern parts of the States. Similarly, houses in southern colonies generally faced northeast to minimize heating by the sun.
One of the areas where historical colonial houses and modern colonial house plans differ is in the interior floor plan. A large portion of the house plans offered are direct reproductions from the American Colonial period, but the interior has been modified with desired amenities. When looking at these homes you will see similar style in the symmetry, columns, gables and dormers. Passersby might be fooled by a new home so closely inspired by the colonial period. Exteriors of colonial house plans could be fashioned of brick, lap siding, or stone but visitors will see that your home does not replicate the boxy interior designs of the 17th and 18th centuries. Instead, a modern colonial house plan is likely to have an open and up-to-date floor plan.
Regardless of whether you live in a colonial house that needs a new paint job or you really want a classic American look, Direct from the Designers colonial house plans and Benjamin Moore’s® Williamsburg Collection are a match made in heaven that will give the history buff in you something to smile about and keep your newly built house looking fresh and modern.
When it comes to flooring, there are your standard materials: carpet, hardwood and tile. In Garfield, Pennsylvania, however a woman decided to use a different building material, pennies.
Yes, that’s right, copper pennies. ABC News reported that Mel Angst, who runs a Pittsburgh-area tattoo parlor with her husband was looking for a unique way to tile her parlor, called Artisan Tattoo Shop. She picked up the pennies from a local bank and traded her services as a tattoo artist for manpower. The task took 300 hours and over three weeks to complete. The results was approximately 800 square feet in Lincoln profiles.
“My floor is made out of about 250,000 pennies,” Angst told ABC Pittsburgh affiliate WTAE. “Amazingly enough, it’s a lot cheaper to glue money to your floor than to actually buy tile. It’s about $3 a square foot.”
After the floor was laid down, Artisan had a gallery show where patrons could view the new floor, and anyone who logged 30 hours or more of penny tiling, would be promised a free penny tattoo.
What”s even more interesting is that this is apparently not the first time someone had the brilliant idea to use pennies to tile a floor. At New York”s Standard Hotel restaurant The Standard Grill the floor is literally tiled in thousands of copper pennies, adding a unique vibe to the interior decor.
Picking up a quarter million pennies might be as easy as going to your local bank, but if you aren’t interested in metallic, but like the look of rounded tiles there are a number of places that sell what are known as “penny rounds.” They are tiles, measuring about three quarters of an inch in diameter shaped like tiny circles. In short, they are about the size of a penny.
Your next question might be, where you should use these tiles. Tile flooring is common in kitchens and bathrooms, and pennyrounds can be used for either. Like other tiles, penny rounds can also be used for flooring or walls, even as accents over a countertop.
If you are enamored by the concept of rounded tiles then make sure to check out our collection of Fabulous Kitchen House Plans.