Photography by Laurey Glenn
Photography by Laurey Glenn

Our 2017 Idea House designer shares her best tips for making a statement with unique color combinations.

The 2017 Idea House on Bald Head Island, NC, inspires us to think outside the box by showcasing a mix of colors and textures throughout the home. In our opinion, one of the best parts of the house is the abundance of natural light let in through the stunning windows and doors, all provided by Marvin Windows and Doors, which served as the perfect base for interior designer Lindsey Coral Harper to work her magic. In our Idea House, the windows and doors became a key design element in the house, instead of blending into the overall composition of the home.

Photography by Laurey Glenn
Photography by Laurey Glenn

One unexpected twist in the home is the bright blue window trim in the game room (Turkish Tile (SW7610) by Sherwin-Williams). “I went with blue trim because of the colors in the wall covering. I really like to use color as an accent, as it really ties things together and warms things up, giving a room a little more personality,” says Harper.

Photography by Laurey Glenn
Photography by Laurey Glenn

Visitors get a sense of the personality of the home the minute they walk through its entrance, largely due to the playful mixed colors and finishes throughout the house. Harper chose to use a variety of colors, from warm white to bright orange, all somehow blending together seamlessly. She didn’t limit color mixing to just the walls, either. Harper selected bronze windows and doors for the dining room to give an added pop of color. She and her talented team say they drew inspiration from the reclaimed wood floors seen throughout the first floor of the home. Harper explains, “The floors have a rich, warm, tobacco color to them, so I knew I wanted to use warm tones throughout to complement the gorgeous flooring.” The bold colors Harper chose draw the eye and make a statement, yet do not distract from the stunning wood floors.

Photography by Laurey Glenn
Photography by Laurey Glenn

Just like the colors in the dining room, the windows in the living room also feature a darker, unexpected hue. Harper and her design team elected to use a bronze tone for the sash of the windows in the living room, choosing to stray from a more classic white. Harper then chose a creamy white paint for the windows, creating a unique blended look on the doors and windows. According to Harper, using two colors on the windows, a technique called a mixed finish, was her way of giving the classic coastal home a more updated feel, all while complementing the dark flooring that grounds the room's entire look.

Photography by Laurey Glenn
Photography by Laurey Glenn

Throughout the rest of the home, Harper chose to use cream on all the trim, including the trim along the windows. In order for the windows to blend with the rest of the room, Harper used a white sash. Harper explains, “When deciding on sash colors, I think about what else I’m going to do and be using in the room. I consider the overall end result and try to have a master plan before making any decisions.” Harper's careful planning is clearly key to a gorgeous home, and it shows.

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