Marrying the Interiors to the Exteriors with Materials

Are you looking to create a connected and cohesive home from the exterior to the interior? Today we’re looking at an ongoing project, the Steel Farmhouse, for inspiration on how materials can intentionally pull the whole home together.

Here are some design decisions we’ve made so far: 

      • Use of steel – Incorporating structural steel into the interior and exterior design creates an efficiently built home while providing a clean, dark color palette. 
      • Repeating color and texture throughout each space – Black, white, blue, wood, and herringbone motifs synchronize to create balance and interest.
      • Tile installation and grout color – Porcelain tile is very cost-efficient, which allows us to play with the installation pattern. Dark grout creates dark lines replicating the steel, and the stack installation creates movement. We will be weaving the herringbone floor tile with the wood floor.

These material selections inform subsequent design decisions as the house design comes together. For example, we will use black and gold finishes to select hardware and lighting. 

The exterior siding and interior wall color will be white to help marry the exterior and interior elements. 

You have to make many decisions when designing and building, so repeating the materials but changing them in scale, texture, and color will streamline the design process! 


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