Look for Bold, Bright Entry Doors in 2014

Therma-Tru partnered with color expert Kate Smith to take a look at where entryway design is going in 2014.

By: Lauren Hunter
Brad Feinknopf

When your professional title is “chief color maven,” you know a thing or two about color theory and trends. Kate Smith, president of Sensational Color is one such maven, and has worked with Therma-Tru to identify color trends that could easily punch up an entryway. Therma-Tru manufactures paintable doors in their Classic-Craft, Pulse, and Canvas Collections.

“There are two trends I see influencing front door colors for 2014,” Smith says. “First, there’s the trend of people painting their doors with exuberant hues as a way of telling the world they’re tired of spinning their wheels in place. These people are ready to move forward, embrace challenges, and show their energy through vibrant colors like Capri blue and dynamo raspberry.

“The other trend is that some people are seeking colors that are vibrant, yet at the same time connect us to a sense of community and culture. These simpler colors, like classic French gray and polished mahogany, give us comfort, warmth, and reliability.”

Using the latest color offerings from Sherwin-Williams, Smith identified five hues gaining popularity in 2014 that match the “exuberant homeowner” trend, and another five tailored to the culture and community mindset.

Exhuberant Homeowner

Capri: A tropical blue that wakes up natural woods and neutral surroundings, and adds a splash of energy on an entry door.

Dynamo: A flirty violet hue instantly updates a traditional exterior color scheme to something much trendier.

Quixotic Plum:

Find a balance of trendy and timeless with this sophisticated deep purple on an entryway. (Shown in top photo)

Relic Bronze: 
This deep mustard brown reflects aged beauty on a home and is an unexpected addition to exterior color combinations.
Raucous Orange: 

This vibrant color demands attention with its energetic orange tone and makes the perfect punctuation point for the front of a modern home.

Culture & Community

Classic French Gray: Stepping out of the shadows to stand on its own, this cool, neutral gray continues to trend in design.

Georgian Bay:Brighter and more moving than dark navy, this reserved blue sends a trusted and welcoming message.

Gulfstream: This bright, modern blue stays rooted in a nostalgic time, while still giving a fresh feel to an entryway.

Polished Mahogany: This deep, rich shade has a staying power that helps anchor a home.
Show Stopper: 
A slight spin on traditional red, this color warmly welcomes people to a home while adding a touch of mystery.

Editor’s Note: Sherwin-Williams colors were selected for this project for the purpose of working within the color offerings of a single brand, rather than trying to curate selections from throughout the color industry. There is no professional or reciprocal relationship between Therma-Tru and Sherwin-Williams, or Kate Smith and Sherwin-Williams.

Lauren Hunter is chief editor of products for Hanley Wood. 

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“Smart House” Gets a Boost

Dubbed the “responsive house” in 1975, the concept was promoted as the Smart House for decades by the NAHB. After every Builder’s Show, when a new Smart House demonstration home was revealed, it was met with much intrigue, and perhaps a little skepticism. JLC kept tabs on the trend (for example: “Smart House Sweepstakes,” Jan. 1988;    “Home Automation Update,” Feb. 1992   and  “Smart House: They’d Do It Again, But …,” Jan. 1993), but it wasn’t until the Internet matured, and after smart phones became ubiquitous, that the concept seems to be closing in on those often-hyped expectations.

  1. Google is making the biggest push into the latest incarnation, now dubbed the “connected home,” other big companies are positioning themselves in this burgeoning market, as well. According to Jenna Wortham in the New York Times, big players including Time Warner Cable and AT&T offer connected home systems, and Staples, the office-supply chain, is selling light bulbs and other products that can be controlled by a smart-phone application.  Apple has also jumped into the game by securing patents for a line of “iHome” products, which will reportedly enable the iPhone to control home devices.

The right network (the Internet) and the right device (the smart phone) are finally making all those Smart House dreams come true. Wortham reports the connected home products market could grow to $40 billion within five to seven years.

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Make your home more comfortable this winter with new replacement windows

As fall comes to a close and colder weather invades our desirable, typically mild, Colorado climate, many homeowners are rushing to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Replacement windows can be the perfect solution to reducing heating bills.

Many older homes have single glazed windows; they are not up to date with the more modern double glazed windows. Old windows made of plain glass do not offer the benefits of double glazed windows. As the name suggests, double glazed windows have two panels within a single frame. The panels are usually separated by air or a non toxic gas called argon. Argon is most effective in sealing warm air inside and cold air outside, which is exactly what homeowners strive to do during the winter months. When argon is used between the glass panes of a window, the conduction of heat and cold is much less. A typical heating expense can be reduced by up to 50% by using the combination of dual glazed glass and argon gas. During the winter months, argon keeps the heat from being conducted from the inside glass of the window to the outside, making the house stay warmer and more comfortable without having to turn up the heat. What is even more appealing is that these windows do the exact opposite during the summer months; that is, they keep the cool air in and the hot air out!