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Wood Paneling Is Coming Back in a Big Way

Posted on April 2nd, 2014 by

To some of us, hearing the words “wood paneling” evokes thoughts of the dark, one-dimensional wooden planks of the past. Fortunately, wood paneling in the home has come a long way.

Wood paneling is currently undergoing a resurgence within interior design and architecture. This means that you can bring it back into your home without fear of reverting to caves of days gone by. Detailed below are a few ways to integrate wood paneling in the home.

Balanced light

A room filled with windows allows in great natural light, but it’s important to balance that light properly to lighten the look of wood paneling. Incorporate all the key layers of light, including task, ambient and decorative lighting, to banish harsh shadows and warm up the wooden walls.

Artwork overlay

Hanging a piece of artwork or photograph with a vibrant theme brightens up any wood paneling in the home. The artwork takes the focus off vertical and horizontal wall panels, and transforms them into the perfect backdrop for visual, creative expression.

Lighter floors and furnishings

Balance out the depth of wood paneling with lighter floors and furnishings. Furniture in cool neutrals pop against the dark grain. Flooring with lighter hue creates a stunning contrast against richer shades of paneling.

Contact our experts at Design Build Team to discover the beauty of today’s wood paneling.

Kansas City Homes and Gardens Silver Award For Best Green Home

Posted on March 19th, 2014 by

We wanted to thank KCH&G for highlighting our DeSoto ranch in their recent newsletter. We are proud of the award we received for Best Green Home.

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Andrea Darr of KCH&G wrote, “Designed in the Prairie style, this rural DeSoto ranch reached a HERS rating of 61 due to its passive/active solar design and energy-efficiency measures, ranging from rigid insulation under the basement slab and a tight envelope with ERV for fresh air to a high-efficiency wood-burning stove, solar hot water collectors and a ground-source heat pump.”

A special thank you to Andrea for recognizing the hard work that went into this project. We incorporated Aging in Place details so that the homeowners can grow into this space.

What do you think of our DeSoto project.


Pick the Right Colors to Make Your Living Room Pop

Posted on February 17th, 2014 by

When painting your living room, the color that you choose can have a huge influence over the look and feel of your decor. Make your room reflect your own unique style with these color scheme ideas.

Pick the Right Colors to Make Your Living Room Pop

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  • If you are looking for a bright, airy room, choose a paint with a light color. While classic white is always a great option, you can also add a fun burst of color with an icy blue or pale yellow. If choosing light colors, however, make sure to include unique furnishings or wall hangings to keep the room interesting.
  • For extra large rooms, you may want to consider making the space feel more cozy with a darker hue. Black, dark green, or navy blue walls make a room more intimate and elegant.
  • If you are considering a bolder look, try picking fun colors, such as turquoise blue, eggplant, or bright green. Whether you prefer an energizing orange or calm blue, colors can change the entire tone of your room.

The color you choose for your walls can have a dramatic effect. If you would like professional help designing your completely personalized home, contact us at Design Build Team for more information about our services.