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   Certain design principles apply to all house plans. Proportion, rhythm, creating a focal point—these are the kinds of considerations that interior designers and architects obsess over in a home plan. Today we’re covering a universal and timeless design tenet: Unity between interior and exterior styles.


  

A consistent interior/exterior theme creates a soothing, enjoyable experience for the visitor and resident alike. Uniformity between indoor and outdoor spaces is pleasing to the human eye. So, if your home’s exterior has an Indian Colonial feel, it makes sense to continue this theme indoors.


  

To help you achieve interior/exterior design harmony, we’ve gathered a few characteristics of two of our most popular styles of home plans: Craftsman home plans and contemporary home plans.


  

Built-in bookcases and other built-in storage options, such as bench storage on the porch. Hardware with a patina. Look to specialty hardware stores to acquire period pieces, such as cabinet handles and drawer pulls. Or you can purchase special patina kits for transforming your current hardware.


   Wood throughout. The Craftsman style embraces the use of natural materials, including wood. Create a warm, friendly Craftsman atmosphere by framing the fireplace with wood, for instance. Other potential placements for wood include crown molding, and tongue and groove wall paneling.


   Neutral paint colors, including beige, brown, cream, and white. Clean, simple furniture with little to no ornamentation. Light timbers (birch, maple, oak) are preferred materials for furniture in contemporary homes. Natural, textured fabrics in neutral tones. Think silk, cotton, linen, and wool. If you need to jazz up a room, consider a single blanket or accent piece in a bold color, or an audacious geometric pattern.


   Lighting fixtures are often metallic in contemporary homes. Lamps and sconces should be used to bring attention to art and other favorite design elements. If your house plan doesn’t fall into the above categories, a bit of internet research will reveal your style’s unique interior traits. By matching interior and exterior styles in your home, you’ll create a wonderful sense of harmony.

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