Take a look at how you can incorporate the unique looks of a classic Southern home with a modern twist in your new build!

1. Painted Porch Ceilings

According to folk-lore, painting your porch ceilings blue in the South warded off evil spirits. Whether you believe the old wives tale or not, we can all agree that adding this splash of color brings a whole new dimension and fun to your outdoor living space!

Max Crosby Construction traditional-porch

Front Doors beach-style-exterior

Boca De Canon House traditional-balcony

You can even bring the painted ceiling inside, giving you that outdoor feel! (Pair it with a coffered ceiling, and you’ve got a winning combination- but more on that below!)

Crisp Architects traditional-family-room

2. Ship-Lap Walls

It’s no secret that ship-lap walls are one of the hottest home trends in 2017. The key is finding the best places in your new home to bring this rustic and warm accent to life!

Palmetto Bluff: Pellegrini beach-style-living-room

A brand new way to do wainscoting!

Fairhills Home farmhouse-dining-room

Add interest to your ceilings!

Point Grey Residence contemporary-bedroom

3. Sliding Barn Doors

The barn door trend is most certainly one we’re excited for! Not only does the look of a barn door give you immediate Southern vibes, they’re extremely functional and are a great substitute for those outdated bi-fold doors!

Mill Valley Bungalow farmhouse-bedroom

Low Country transitional-kitchen

East Bay Remodel beach-style-kitchen

4. Bahama Shutters

If you’re looking for a way to bring interest to the exterior of your home while also maximizing your natural light and maintaining privacy insdie- Bahama shutters are the way to go! Take a look at these great Southern homes with this added touch!

Atlantic Premium Shutters tropical-exterior

Mariner's Point in Morehead City transitional-exterior

Eastover Cottage traditional-exterior

5. Coffered Ceilings

This trend has been around for a few years now, but you will regularly see it only in dining rooms. The modern way to incorporate this trend is to use it in other rooms of the house. When building your new home, keep these looks in mind!

Living Rooms!

2481 Louella traditional-living-room

Bedrooms!

Master Bedroom #1 traditional-bedroom

Kitchens!

Rockaway Beach, Md traditional-kitchen

6. Inviting Outdoor Living Spaces

There’s almost nothing better than sitting outside on a warm, Summer night with family and friends. Here are some ways you can take your outdoor living space to the next level using staple Southern accents!

A fire pit is a must, but bring a twist to your seating by using old pieces of reclaimed wood!

Oregon Coast Home beach-style-patio

Did you ever catch fireflies in a Mason Jar?

Hanging Ladder Lantern Chandelier for the Patio traditional-patio

Pergolas add so much richness to any outdoor space!

Traditional Patio traditional-patio

7. Add a Pop of Color to Your Front Door

For most, the front door is the first impression you make on your guests. The right color choice goes a long way in making sure that impression is a lasting one.

Not sure what color is right for your house? Check out this article on picking a front door color HERE!

Front Doors beach-style-porch

Richmond, 1930's refurbishment contemporary-entry

Contemporary Cottage Addition transitional-entry

These are just a few ways to bring Southern Charm to your new home! You probably noticed that many of these tips can be combined to make for a spectacular combination! Speak with our new home specialist to find out how we can help you incorporate some of these new trends in to your new dream home!