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Decorating Tips for Your Open Concept Design

Categories: Blog | Posted: January 26, 2018

An open concept is a desirable floor plan for today’s homeowners. Having rooms without walls enhances the spaciousness, but it also presents a design challenge. With less definition provided by walls and doorways, how do you create your spaces within this open space?

These decorating tips for your open concept designs can guide you in the right direction.

Consider the flow. The colors you choose and the placement of your furnishings must flow seamlessly throughout your family room, dining room, and kitchen. Look at the natural flow of movement from one space to the next, like the kitchen to the dining area. Do you need a small workspace adjacent to the kitchen or would it work better as part of your family room? How much space do you need to comfortably move around the furniture, like the dining table, kitchen island, and family room’s seating?

Use color consistently. Decide on one color palette to pull it all together. Start with your foyer, which is the entry to this open floor plan. Expand that color spectrum by incorporating a few shades of your chosen colors.

Plan the lighting. The lighting design for your open floor plan must take into account the wide array of uses in this space. Task lighting will be critical in the kitchen and any other work areas. Be sure to incorporate dimmers on every wall switch to give you control of the room’s overall ambience.

Define task areas. You don’t need walls to create rooms. Use your furniture and decorative accents to establish smaller purposeful spaces within the open floor plan. Make a reading nook by setting a comfortable chair, ottoman and occasional table near a window, with its own area rug. Set up a small workstation for managing bills, sorting mail, or doing homework by placing a small desk or console table near the breakfast nook. Be sure you have good lighting here. You can expand the workspace by adding a bookcase or wall-mounted organizer.

Use area rugs. Define nooks and gathering spaces with area rugs that complement one another with a consistent blend of colors and styles. They don’t have to match, but avoid drastically different designs, like bold contemporary with traditional.

Don’t “arrest” the room. Placing your furniture up against the wall leaves a tremendous gap in an open floor plan. Since you don’t have walls, add boundaries by using larger furnishings, like bookcases and sofas. Break up your seating by building a large section (maybe near the television) and a smaller, more intimate conversation space.

Complement with curves. If your open concept features angular lines, soften them with rounder shapes, like an oval or round dining table, rug, or occasional tables.

An open floor plan presents a creative challenge for decorating, but also gives you plenty of room to create the space that perfectly fits your lifestyle.

2018 Color Trends for Your Home

Categories: Blog | Posted: January 11, 2018

The new year is here, and it’s bringing a new look in home color trends. Look for colors that boost your spirit with palettes of vibrant color that might remind you of opening that box of 128 crayons.

In 2017, Pantone Color Institute declared “Greenery” as its Color of the Year. The invigorating color aligns with the desire to revitalize ourselves. This year, Pantone is focusing its attention on palettes of colors that reflect different types of energies. Many of these home color combinations feature vibrant shades, which is the direction that will be trending in 2018. “Playful”, for example, blends bright yellow and lime green. “Verdure” takes its cue from nature, with colors like Celery and berry-infused purples.

There’s still room for people who prefer their neutral colors for home décor. But you might find that neutrals are taking on a bit more commitment to color and metallic accents—currently being called “the new neutrals”.

Sherwin Williams has named “Oceanside”—a bold teal shade that the paint company describes as “deep and moody”. Oceanside blends well with the current “mermaids” obsession, but also presents a richness, particularly when paired with a bright white.

House Beautiful’s editor-in-chief Sophie Donelson describes this hue as “a cocoon color”.

“I love a color that’s also a state of mind — that’s what Oceanside feels like to me,” Donelson explains. “We often see similar hues chosen for libraries and studies, because its depth makes it comforting, but also bold and adventurous. It’s like watching a Nature channel deep-sea exploration from the comfort of your sofa!”

Benjamin Moore continues the shift toward bold color by announcing “Caliente” as its 2018 Color of the Year. The vibrant red reflects the royalty of a red-carpet event, “the assured backdrop for a book-lined library, a powerful first impression on a glossy front door The eye can’t help but follow its bold strokes. Harness the vitality,” says Ellen O’Neill of Benjamin Moore & Co.

Behr has jumped into home color trends and announced its first-ever color of the year. “In the Moment” is a soft shade of blue-green that the paint company describes as evoking “a sense of sanctuary and relaxation amid our always-on lives.”

Behr also presents 19 more color trends that range from the neutral “Wabi-Sabi” and “Soft Focus” to the bold “Spirit Warrior” and “Wide Sky” and the deep “Constellation Blue” and “Nocturne Shade”.

What will you do with your home décor in 2018? Do these trends in home colors inspire you?

New Year, New Home: Benefits of Building a New Home

Categories: Blog | Posted: January 3, 2018

 

Is one of your goals this year a new home?

As we ring in 2018 ready to tackle our new resolutions, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about where you see yourself living in the new year. If you’re dreaming of a home with a fresh vision and functional design, then a new home is for you. Read on to see the many benefits of building a new home instead of buying resale.

1. Living the Dream

You’ve worked hard for your dream home—so why live in someone else’s? With a new home, you can choose the home design, style, colors, appliances, upgrades, and more, so you can get everything on your wish list right from the start.

At Tuskes Homes, our state-of-the-art Design Studio makes the sky the limit for your new home. Our Design Consultants will work with you to build a home that matches your taste and budget. (And check out our list of the most popular home designs from 2017!)

2. Location, Location, Location

Love where you live—with a new home, you decide where you live, from the township, to the community, to the specific home site you pick out.

Want your home on a corner? Need a three-car garage? Looking for a backyard big enough for a pool? How about a walk-out basement? Our Community Specialists can show you the benefits of each home site in our communities so that you can choose the land that checks off everything on your wish list.

Our communities are designed to balance personal space with public and recreational areas, ensuring safety, privacy, and fun. Each community offers its own unique set of amenities, such as playgrounds, parks, and walking trails. We build communities in locations that are quiet, yet close to modern conveniences and all that the Lehigh Valley and Northeastern PA has to offer. We can also work with you to build a new home on your own lot anywhere in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas.

3. No Surprises

When you purchase a resale, you may be inheriting some problems that you didn’t expect. Even the most eagle-eyed home inspectors can’t guarantee that you won’t find issues in a resale home, and there’s no telling if the previous owner (or owners) kept up with the maintenance of the home while they lived there.

Just like a new car, a new home eliminates the worry of unexpected problems that may arise when purchasing a resale. Every Tuskes home includes a 12-year builder warranty that helps assure you’ll be taken care of should you have any issues with your new home.

4. Staying “Green”

New homes are built with more energy efficiency than homes that were built five, ten, or twenty years ago. In addition to being environmentally friendly, an energy-efficient home can help you save money on utility bills and maintenance down the road.

5. A Smarter Home

Older homes were not made for today’s technology-fueled lifestyle. Unless you want your home to be Extension Cord Central, consider buying a new home with updated technology that fits your needs. When you build with Tuskes, you can decide where to place your outlets, and what smart home technology you want to wire in your home.

Retrofitting an older home for today’s tech is costly and time-consuming. With recent improvements in technology in roofing, windows, and wiring appliances, a new home is the best way to ensure your home is smarter and more functional for modern-day use.

6. What You Want, When You Want It

A new home doesn’t have to mean a full six-month building process. Tuskes offers homes at every stage of the building process, from just the foundation to move-in ready. This allows you to move in as soon as you choose—whether you’re looking to close immediately, or you want to make a few selections before you move, or you want to design your home from the ground up.

The Tuskes Design Studio is the only one of its kind in the Lehigh Valley, and it’s where most of the fun will take place. Our Design Studio is filled with hundreds of selections of every color, style, and material imaginable. We can show you fun upgrades or just selections within your budget—you’re making some big decisions here, so you’re in charge!

7. Investing in Your Future

In addition to the increased value your new home will have thanks to updated technology and energy efficiency, new homes have a much longer life expectancy than existing homes, giving them a longer period of time to appreciate in value. The high-quality, low-maintenance materials we use when building our homes means that over the years, your new home will continue to hold value without much costly or time-consuming maintenance on your part.

8. A Builder You Can Trust

For three generations, Tuskes has been handcrafting homes for more than 5,000 families in and around the Lehigh Valley and Northeastern PA. We’re committed to exceptional customer service and building high-quality homes. We work with preferred lenders we trust to help make sure your dream home is obtainable, and use only quality building materials that we know are sure to last. We know building a new home can be stressful, but our experienced team of professionals will help you through every step of the way, from design to closing, and for many years after.

Still not sure if a new home is right for you? Ready to check “new home” off your resolutions list? Call or text Martha today at 484-626-1616 to start your new home journey and learn more about our available homes, floorplans, and communities.

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