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Victorian Flair with Fypon Products
MAUMEE, OHIO - Often referred to as "gingerbread houses," Victorian home styles boast an abundance of colors, trim and details. The charm of "painted ladies" comes from their exuberant display of millwork both inside and outside the home.
"Steep-roofed turrets, impressive entry porches with lots of trim, arched windows and ornamental shutters all tell someone they're looking at a Victorian home," says Tammy Crosby, chief operating officer with The House Designers. "Products like a Fypon cathedral louver, or fishscale textured panels, complete the exterior look of a Victorian.
"On the interior, a Victorian style home might include a grand staircase with decorative balusters, a formal entry vestibule, dentil and chair rail mouldings, along with ceiling medallions to accent chandeliers or period lighting fixtures."
With the addition of sought-after design amenities such as mud rooms, open kitchens and breakfast rooms along with first floor master bedrooms, Crosby says that Victorian house plans are enjoying sustained popularity.
Certainly no one could call a Victorian home boring. The architectural details of the style are usually enhanced by the use of a wide array of eye-catching color schemes that include everything from seashell pink to hues of purple.
According to color expert Kate Smith in FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home Exterior, the colors historically found on Victorian homes were inspired by nature. "Those colors ranged from light browns, tans and greens to darker, muddier colors," says Smith withSensational Color. "Today's Victorian homes are known for brighter color combinations. Using contrasting colors allows the many decorative elements in a Victorian style home to be visually separated from one another.
"Ornate exterior decorations and patterns mean you can have a mottled green siding with brick red window frames matched up with cream trim. Then you might have a porch ceiling painted in porcelain blue with a balustrade system in both white and blue!"
Smith believes that the use of so many different exterior elements help identify the Victorian style. "The exterior can be a smorgasbord of trim pieces," says Smith. "I've seen some Victorians with Fypon gable pediments, porch posts, brackets and balustrade systems. What might look excessive on any other style home looks just perfect on a Victorian!"
Fypon offers a free Style Guide online that shows how to incorporate polyurethane millwork into both existing and new designs of Victorian style homes. As with all Fypon®products, the pieces recommended to support Victorian style homes resist moisture and insects. They also resist rotting, warping, cracking, chipping, peeling, and are weather resistant.
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 visitwww.fypon.com.