If you have been in a newly constructed home over the past 15 years or so you have probably experienced the builder beige or taupe colors that line the walls within many homes.  For years builders were placing neutral tones within the taupe range as the standard wall color.  This was a popular choice for many builders and consumers alike and allowed homeowners to use this as a backdrop for their newly decorated homes.

As times pass and trends fade it is common from time to time for this standard color to change as well.  The trend over the past few years and likely for several more years to come is gray, thus gray is the new beige!

Some people may think of gray being a drab and gloomy color, however this really isn’t the case.  There are so many shades within this popular color and it is nice to see the complementary color schemes that have been worked alongside this color backdrop to bring about some amazing interior design.

In addition to builders and homeowners choosing gray as their wall color within their new homes, this same color palette is making its way into kitchens with cabinet styles and floor tiles.  The availability of tiles and flooring patterns featuring gray colors has increased over the past few years.

So why is this important to you?  As a homeowner you can choose whatever colors you like within your new home, making your home custom is part of the enjoyment of building a new house.  If you choose to stay with the taupe range of colors and install these selections within your home, then decide to sell your home within 5 – 10 years you may find that consumers feel the interior of your home looks or appears more outdated than a home of the same age with gray interior features.

Think about shag carpet for a minute.  The vibrant colors of shag carpet was a trend within the home market for several years, and the trend flowed into other rooms like kitchens and bathrooms and as a result there was a rainbow of colors flowing through the home.  If you looked to purchase a home in the late 80s or 90s and found these colors and styles within a home you may feel it was a bit outdated and have to consider additional expenses in order to remodel or bring the home up to date.

This visualization provides you with an idea of how colors and styles can affect selling a home when it is time.  Again, the color choices are yours to select and enjoy within your new custom home.  It is a good idea to discuss your color selections with your building consultant and determine what options are available to you. Expanding your color palette can sometimes seem uncomfortable, but the possibilities of adding other colors you adore with a new backdrop of color can bring about lively additions within the décor of your new home.

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