Interior Color Trends for Spring 2018

Just as people are ready for some color after a long winter of dull browns and grays, homeowners are looking to move beyond boring neutrals and inject a little color into their living spaces. From soft pastels and barely-there color to bolder hues, we can all look forward to a little more warmth and variety in interior colors this spring. If you’re ready to update your interior, try these colors shared by your favorite local remodeling company, Callen Construction.

Interior Color Trends for Spring 2018

Creamy Whites

While stark white can make a room feel too clinical, creamy whites are much warmer and more inviting. They also do a better job of making a space feel cozy and welcoming than the somewhat somber grays that have been popular in recent years – and work particularly well when paired with natural wood tones and materials and neutral textures.

Warm Neutrals

If you’re still a fan of neutrals, never fear – there are more options beyond tans and cool grays. To bring a little more warmth into your surroundings, try shifting more toward beige, taupe and hazelnut. Or if you can’t do without gray, choose a warmer “greige”, which is a combination of beige and gray.

Soft Pastels

For a fresh, springy feel with just a hint of color, powder blues and muddy pinks are the way to go. With just enough pigment to add interest without making the room feel like a nursery, either of these color trends will serve to energize your space this season.

Sage Greens

Whether used as an accent or encompassing an entire wall, sage green is an excellent choice year-round. Light enough to bring in some color without being overwhelming, it goes with pretty much anything, and it pairs particularly well with neutrals.

Medium Blues

If you’re feeling a little more bold this spring, medium blues that have been toned down with gray are expected to replace the dark navy blues that have been favored the past several years. Medium blue is a great color option for both contemporary and more traditional interiors.

From window replacement to lower level remodeling, Callen has the knowledge and experience to meet every remodeling need. Give us a call today at 414-765-2585 to find out what we can do for you!



Tips for Transforming Small Interior Spaces

Tips for Transforming Small Interior SpacesSmall rooms can be cute and cozy, but they can also feel cramped and restricted. Doreen Schofield, a designer with Callen, offers tips on how to transform your tiny space into an airy abode.

“With the right colors and proper layout, any confined room can become a spacious sanctuary,” said Doreen.

Colors: Certain color combinations can positively change the feeling of a room. “You can make the space feel open by using different shades of the same color,” Doreen said. “Create this visual coherence by color coordinating the walls, rug, furniture, and accessories throughout the room. Dark colors absorb the light; so keep the walls and flooring a lighter color to create an airy feeling.”

Mirrors: Adding mirrors throughout your small space will reflect light and make the room feel larger than it actually is. To reflect the greatest amount of light, place mirrors across from windows. “For an extra twist, choose architectural-style mirrors to create the illusion of an additional window or door,” she said.

Furniture: “There are many ways to manipulate furniture to make the room seem bigger,” Doreen said. “Raised furnishings with exposed legs are ideal for small rooms as they create the illusion of more space.” Another option is to choose statement furniture that fills a room. “In small living rooms, one large couch instead of multiple small pieces decreases the look of clutter,” she said. Doreen also recommends pulling furniture away from the wall to make the space look more open and prevent a cramped feeling.

Rugs: You can separate one room into smaller spaces by using multiple rugs instead of one large rug. Another option is to use a striped rug to make the room appear longer. “Striped rugs have the same effect as vertical stripes on clothing,” Doreen said. “Orient the stripes to go the length of the room that is longest for optimal effect.”

She added, “It’s easy to make a room feel spacious with the right accessories and design. The designers at Callen Construction are here to help transform your home and give you that extra leg room.”

For more information or to arrange an initial showroom consultation, call Callen at 414-529-5509.



Tips for Choosing Exterior Paints

The wide variety of paint colors for a home are most often associated with the interior, but Callen encourages homeowners to be creative with color when it comes to the exterior as well.

According to Brad Flannigan, exterior product specialist, a well thought out exterior paint scheme can personalize your home and make it stand out. “There are several components, including landscaping, hardscaping, and roofing, that need to be considered when deciding on colors for the home’s exterior,” Brad said. “Color makes a first impression and can boost curb appeal and even resale value.”

Brad suggests the following guidelines to help select a color scheme that fits both your style and your home’s surroundings.

March - exteriorPlan around the hardest to change elements. “Unless you’re completing a total exterior renovation, surfaces such as roof shingles, stonework, pathways, and driveways will remain unchanged,” he said. “Take these areas of the home into consideration as you select exterior paint colors.”

Consider your home’s architectural style and era. Whether you have a Colonial, a ranch, a Craftsman, or a bungalow, the exterior paint colors should feel appropriate to the style. “Several paint manufacturers have collections of historically accurate colors, which can be a great resource, plus you can discuss options with professionals who specialize in exterior remodeling,” Brad said.

Contemplate the desired visual effect. Reflect on your home’s relationship to the street and the landscape. Does it sit back from the road or amid a cluster of large trees? You might choose a slightly lighter or brighter color so that it stands out. Conversely, a darker hue can make it appear to recede. Select a scheme that blends with the neighborhood or stands out in an inconspicuous fashion.

Choose three or more different paint shades. An exterior color scheme has three elements: field color, which dominates; accent color, which brings doors, shutters, and other smaller areas to life; and trim color, used for window and door casings, roof edging, and railings. “Preferably, the trim color should clearly contrast with the field color. If your main hue is dark, consider a pale shade,” he said. “A light field color can look impressive with darker trim — it produces a fresh, striking effect. You can be bold with accent colors, but don’t go too far. A door painted a bright color can create a focal point, but using the same color on shutters and gables is likely too much.”

Determine color placement. A large home on a small lot painted a light color can make the house seem larger and the lot seem smaller, while dark colors can make a home look smaller but more substantial. “An effective tactic to color selection is use two tints from the same color strip a few shades apart,” Brad said. “Either the lighter or the darker shade could be used for the body and the opposite for the trim. A contrasting accent color could highlight the door.”

Never rely only on paint chips. Exterior shades can differ considerably from how they seem on the chip. “I suggest buying a quart of paint and test it on a discreet area. View it at different times of day, from different angles, and under different weather conditions,” Flannigan said. “This is the only way to conclude if you will be satisfied with the look.”

Not sure where to start? Brad said most paint brands offer preselected color palettes that show options for selecting an exterior paint scheme. “A professional can assist you in creating an arrangement that is unique and appealing.”

Callen’s exterior product specialists have plenty of exterior concepts for your ideal design. Call Callen, the leading remodeling company in Brookfield, for inspiration on how to get started.



Easy Ways to Brighten Up Your Basement

A basement can be a blessing, especially in tornado-prone areas, but the absence of natural light often results in a space that is dim and depressing. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to brighten up your basement in addition to basement finishing in Greenfield, WI. Not only will this impact the ambiance of basement rooms, it can make a huge difference in how big the rooms feel, and can lower your energy bill by letting you turn your lights on less often.

  • Mirrors. When situated across from a window, mirrors do a remarkable job of reflecting light back into the room. A long mirror placed on the wall behind a sofa will not only aid in illuminating the room, but it also makes a great statement piece. Try including other décor that will catch the sunlight coming in, such as pieces made of crystal, metal, or glass.
  • Color. To bring a fresh look to a dreary basement, start with a new coat of paint. Light-colored paints are more reflective and will help increase the light in your basement. Use bright white flat paints on the ceiling, and focus on soft, pale-colored flooring, fabrics, and furnishings to further brighten things up. Choose light- or natural-colored blinds and sheer curtains instead of heavy window treatments to let in more light.
  • Ceilings. If you have the dreaded popcorn ceilings, or just find a plain white ceiling to be a tad boring, a ceiling update is a great way to achieve a more modern look and move light throughout your rooms. To avoid the hassle and expense of tearing out the whole ceiling, think about installing white wood planks or sheets of white beadboard over your existing ceilings.
  • Windows and doors. Homeowners who have more time and money to work with might consider replacing solid exterior basement doors. Sliding patio doors or French doors will make your basement entrance more attractive and maximize natural light in the basement. If your basement walls sit below ground, take advantage of what exterior wall space is available by adding high windows to bring in more light.

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Do you have a dingy, dark basement that needs new life? A basement remodel is a great way to enhance your living space and increase the value of your property. Call Callen today at 414-765-2585 to schedule a no-obligation consultation for basement finishing in Greenfield, WI, and surrounding areas. We’ll be happy to provide you with a FREE quote for your basement finishing project.