Every day is Color Sunday at this year’s Parade of Homes
How often have you scrutinized a little tiny blob of paint on a chip, or maybe even a splash of paint on the wall, approved it and then changed your mind after the entire room is painted? Perhaps two or three tiles aren’t enough to envision the finished floor, you can’t imagine what a stone sink would look like or maybe you’d like to see a kitchen with light cabinets and then one with dark cabinets before you make up your mind which one you’d like in your next kitchen.
Then you’re in luck, because the Parade of Homes continues today and next weekend, showing off the latest building and interior design trends. Although the parade is a marketing tool to help builders connect with those who are interested in new construction, it’s also a great place to go when you’re looking to add a little pizazz to your own home.
Perhaps the most noticeable trend you’ll see on vivid display is the technicolor invasion. Gone are the days when every home in the Parade of Homes was decorated in a hundred shades of inoffensive, boring beige.
While some of the homes in the parade are sticking with more natural colors and earth tones, all of the builders have recognized that there are more colors than tan and taupe out there on earth.
“Beige is safe, but I needed a change,” said Garrett Blecha with On Track Builders.
The kitchen in the On Track Builders home is a bright and sunny yellow, with white cabinets and a colorful glass tile back splash.
“You find a cabinet that you’re in love with and then take it to flooring,” Blecha said. “With those, you’re limited in colors. Then you go to the paint store, because then your choices are limitless.”
Color choices are truly limitless when you add a touch of glaze or faux painting, which can take an ordinary color like blue and turn it into a work of art, as Les Hixon with Full Palette Painting and Design did at the Zag Built home.
“I call it starry, starry night; it looks like a Van Gogh Painting,” Hixon said about the walls in the master bedroom. The homeowner wanted to use blue as a base color and Hixon then applied four colors on top of that.
“Glazes and plasters were applied,” Hixon said. “It was a labor of love.”
According to Hixon, a glazed wall will last forever and is easily cleaned with mild soap and water. It’s also easy to paint over, but the longer it’s on the wall, the more durable it becomes. The office and the media room also have a spectacular finish on the walls in the Zag Built home.
For some builders, walls can be so passé. Why not have a little fun with the ceiling? The Porter Homes house on 24 Road was built for a family with four children, with four sparkling personalities and identities.
“I wanted every ceiling to be different,” said Nate Porter, who built the three-dimensional ceilings in the children’s bedrooms, giving each one a unique look. They’re all painted bright, vivid, distinct colors as well.
Senergy Builders chose to add the color on the outside of the house. Rather than the standard earth tones that have been mainstay stucco, siding or paint colors, Senergy Builders selected brighter colors and then capped it off with a purple front door.
“So far, everybody loves the front door,” said Joan Lowe with Senergy Builders. “Color is very in… maybe it’s a sign that people are tired of being depressed about other things so they want to brighten up their homes.”
The Senergy Builders home is in a new subdivision where the company has sold five additional pre-sold homes. Every buyer has chosen doors that are even brighter than the one on the parade home.
The parade is also a great showroom for stone this year. Several of the homes go way beyond the slab granite countertops that have become the standard. At the Steady Construction home in Fruita, all of the stone in the home was quarried in the U.S. and some from Colorado. It’s all stunning and fabricated by Robert Stone. The Lannie and Rund remodel also features a river sink designed by Robert Stone in the downstairs hall bath.
This year’s parade also shows off some interesting wood and metal combinations, custom stone in multiple homes, unique tile flooring and unusual stamped concrete.
If you haven’t’ been to the Parade yet, you’ve still got plenty of time. The homes will be open Saturday and Sunday, as well, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The $10 admission tickets are available at any City Market location. Don’t forget to take your scavenger hunt entry form on page 12 of the Sept. 29 Real Estate Weekly and match the photo to the correct home. Drop off your form at the last house you tour and you may be the lucky winner who is chosen to win that $500 gift certificate from American Furniture Warehouse.