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Our homes are often a reflection of our personalities and as such, colors are often incorporated to reflect our unique character. However, kitchens are often left out when it comes to color – especially kitchen cabinets. It’s true that white, off-whites and stained woods are some of the most popular choices for kitchen cabinets because of their timeless appeal, but for some homeowners, kitchen cabinetry is another canvas waiting to be filled with expressive color to help set the mood of their home.

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Similarly to selecting the right colors for a bedroom or your front door, choosing the right trim colors can make all the difference in your home’s appearance. Colorful exterior trim work can help highlight unique architectural features of your home, as well as provide depth, rich visual interest and enhance curb appeal.

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J. Dennis Robinson, historian and TMS Architects’ guest blogger, brings us an interesting piece today about Edward Tuck, founder of the first graduate school of business at Dartmouth, and leaves us with an interesting question to ponder…is an obelisk architecture?  Read on and let us know what you think!

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A new 25,000 square foot, TMS Architects designed, clubhouse is currently under construction at the Hampden Country Club in Hampden, Massachusetts.  The clubhouse is a synthesis of rustic styles such as western arts and crafts, timber frame and New England farmhouse.  Situated on a large hillside, generous windows provide unobstructed views overlooking the Berkshire Mountains and the professionally designed golf course by renowned course designer, Brian Silva.

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Office spaces can often feel dull and boring with their white walls and institutional-looking furniture. However, just as in residential interiors, color can be a powerful tool when used in commercial interiors, such as office spaces. Besides evoking certain feelings or emotions, color can also enhance a company’s brand messaging, reflect its values and more.

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Countertops are more than just a functional part of your kitchen. Yes, having lots of workspace for cooking and baking is a dream for any homeowner, but countertops can also become an artistic aspect of one of the most important rooms in your home.

Like a piece of furniture in a living room or study, colors and materials can be carefully selected so that countertops can serve as an accent in the room in addition to their practical purpose. The harmonious blend of colors in natural stone countertops add instant interest to kitchens and are a classic choice that’s universally appealing. Other materials in solid colors or plain wood stains can create a pop of color against kitchen cabinetry and walls. Plus, there are many other choices in between.

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Once you select custom trim and molding for your new construction or renovation project, it’s time to pick the perfect color. While some homeowners select architectural trims and moldings in colors that blend well with their walls, we encourage you to think about how a more colorful option can transform your home’s design and make your interior space pop.

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If you find yourself stumped on how to add more pizzazz and personality to your home, turn your attention to your roof. In traditional America, a home’s exterior wasn’t meant to make a statement. Since then, colorful roofs have taken many neighborhoods by storm, providing the opportunity to express an owner’s personality while enhancing the home’s character.

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Color is a powerful design tool, and when used on ceilings, it can create some dramatic effects. The ceiling, or “fifth wall” as some designers call it, is a great place to add a pop of color. A colorful ceiling draws the eye up, making small rooms feel more open and large rooms feel more cozy. It can also have the same effect as an accent wall, setting the stage for a statement light fixture or highlighting the architecture of an interesting ceiling.

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Preserving the history of a period home requires special knowledge of the architectural era during which it was built — from design practices and traditions to decorative approaches and popular accents and touches. If your home holds a particularly important architectural pedigree, even the specific shade of color employed in the home’s exterior and interior design becomes integral to honoring its original character.

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