Traditional Home Style Leads Homeowners into 2016

            MAUMEE, OHIO – Combining a mixture of practicality and Old World touches, homes in Today's Traditional style are created for comfort. These almost-contemporary homes rely on "finishing touches" of decorative millwork to add a cohesive element to their designs.

            "On the interior of Today's Traditional style homes you can find a strong use of crown, casing, apron and baseboard mouldings in every room of the home," says Kyle Crompton, product manager for Fypon. "On the exterior, Fypon® pieces help establish symmetry and add decorative style. This can be done with eyebrow louvers or raised panel shutters."

            Crompton adds that crossheads over windows, square columns at the entryway and a welcoming porch system are all essentials when creating a Today's Traditional home.

            "These homes tend to borrow elements from several popular styles, including Colonial and Victorian," says Tammy Crosby, chief operating officer with The House Designers. "You may even see some southern touches like a sprawling front porch, dormers or exterior columns."

            According to Crosby these styles of home plans are popular sellers. "They have a welcome and familiar look on the outside that's timeless," says Crosby. "At the same time there are wonderful surprises in some of our Today's Traditional blueprints, like open concept floor plans, master bedrooms on the first floor, mudrooms and rear patios and porches."

            Porch systems, like those created with Fypon's Today's Traditional style square balusters, rails and columns, are indeed a key feature of this home style. "Front porches are great for adding curb appeal while offering an inviting entryway," says Crosby. "On the rear of the house, porches provide great outdoor entertaining possibilities."

            When it comes to enhancing this style of home with color, Kate Smith of Sensational Color recommends adding a "pop of color" to a neutral toned exterior ---  such as fire engine red, pumpkin orange or bluebonnet blue --- on the front door and shutters.

            According to Smith, these colorful accents can be balanced by versatile white --- the new "in color" --- for painting smooth trim pieces, such as Fypon rail systems, door crossheads and columns. "Benjamin Moore just announced that Simply White is their 'color of the year' for 2016," says Smith. "This is a nod to elegance and unfussiness, and it works beautifully with Today's Traditional style homes.

            "These contemporary home interiors can range from stark white walls to bold hues that create relaxing, sophisticated living spaces. While millwork is generally smooth and white, it's not boring. Unique elements can be seen in these style homes, such as beams on a kitchen ceiling or a ceiling medallion highlighting a dining room lighting fixture."

            Fypon offers thousands of decorative millwork elements in a variety of architectural styles to enhance the interior and exterior of America’s homes. Each piece is crafted from tough, weather-resistant, high-performance materials that are resistant to decay, insect infestation and water damage for long-lasting beauty and low maintenance. Part of consumer products company Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (NYSE: FBHS), Fypon LLC is owned by Therma-Tru Corp. For additional information, call 800-446-3040 or