When we were visiting my parents recently, they mentioned that a new development was being built next to theirs and that it had a model home that had just opened, so of course I headed straight over!
I’m always curious to see which decorating trends I’ll find in a house like this.
Here are 10 things that stood out to me on the tour…
#1. Window Treatments Hung from Ceiling to Floor in Different Fabrics:
Extra-big rooms like this family room can end up looking like a gymnasium, so I’ve never been a fan of them in general. The floor-to-ceiling window treatments warmed it up, though, and they “framed” the center windows on the window wall with a solid gray-blue fabric.
#2. A Built-in Fireplace and TV Center Focal Point:
Sometimes model homes either pretend you won’t be watching TV in the family room or put it over the fireplace. So it was interesting to see how they solved the dilemma of where to put the flat-screen by creating space for both in the center of the focal wall.
It would have been nice to see a grander fireplace on such a tall wall, but it wouldn’t have been as practical for the family who ends up living here.
#3. A Board and Batten “Border” Around the Top of the Room:
I was really surprised to see that they created a border with woodwork that ran around the top of the room. Usually you’d see something like this at the bottom. It was another way of breaking up the huge two-story-tall walls.
#4. A Windowseat on the Landing:
This builder didn’t ignore any empty spaces, including the staircase landing. Bonus points for making it deep enough and comfortable enough to actually use!
#5. Ombre Stripes on the Guest Room Walls:
In one of the bedrooms, the designer took three shades of peach and painted them in wide horizontal stripes from light to dark on the wall.
#6. Framed Sheet Music:
Using pages from songs that have meaning to you would be a fun idea.
My husband is a musician and this would be cool in his study-slash-music room.
#7. A Wood-Planked Wall:
They took the hardwood flooring that was used in the rest of the house and created a dramatic planked wall with it in one of the bedrooms.
#8. Framed Drawings:
This gallery wall of drawings in the first-floor study gave me an idea for something I’d like to try with some of my kids’ artwork in our house. I like that all the frames are wood but in two different tones to mix things up a bit.
#9. Painted Plaid Wall:
The walls of the home office were painted in an oversized plaid pattern.
#10. Stainless Steel Backsplash:
They used stainless steel tile for the backsplash in the kitchen, which looked dramatic next to the black cabinets. The basketweave pattern kept it from looking too contemporary for the room.
The house was built by M/I Homes and the plan is called The Monroe.
You can see the smaller model we visited here.