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Integrate exterior and interior home design features

July 01, 2014

hardwood floorsProfessional decorators frequently talk of bringing the outdoors inside, but rarely do they mention how to integrate outdoor colors and architecture with features you have inside your home. The style of doors and trim often influences interior home design as much as the exterior, and elements like wood floors will play a role in that. The hickory hardwood flooring in Anderson's Eagle Lodge collection, for instance, should be offset by architecture and colors that play up its richly textured look.

Coming up with a well-integrated outdoor style may help homeowners pull together the look they want in their rooms as well. In the same way they would consider wall colors in relation to window treatments, the colors of major furniture pieces and permanent fixtures such as doors and flooring, DIY Network suggested that consumers take the same approach outside.

From the top down
Choosing exterior colors should be done in terms of the whole house from the roof down. Homeowners must take into account surfaces that won't be painted - shingles, bricks, stone and tile - in conjunction with the home's main color. Taking a step back helps them to picture their chosen colors with the roof, brick areas and how the house looks between the nearest neighbors' homes.

The scale of things changes when one steps inside, however. Homeowners may find that certain colors make door and window trim stand out too much. To prevent that from happening, trim can be painted the same hue as walls for an uninterrupted flow of color, according to Hamptons Online.

On the other hand, highlighting attractive construction within a room design can be accomplished by painting it in the same color family as the walls, but in a shade that's lighter or darker. Painting with a satin or gloss finish paint will also allow trim to become more prominent.

Neutralizing colors
​With modern architecture, the starkness of a white ceiling is a great match for rooms in which there are few moldings and lots of angles. However, in softer styles of decor, it may stand out as a bit harsh. To tone it down slightly, homeowners may mix a bit of their wall color into deep ivory for the ceiling to make a subtle connection to the wall shade.

In rooms with no crown molding, painting the walls and ceiling the same color eliminates the color shift from walls to ceiling. A neutral with a pale to medium tone is ideal for this purpose.