Contemporary Architecture Speaks to Nature with Northwest Perspective

The Northwest Perspective on contemporary home design offers sharp lines, warm wood, and a natural look that both stands out and melds with it's environment.
The Northwest Perspective on contemporary home design offers sharp lines, warm wood, and a natural look that both stands out and melds with it’s environment.

The rugged environment of the Pacific Northwest brings to mind images of rustic homes surrounded by trees and scenic views. However, homeowners in these areas can give their homes a contemporary flair that complements the surrounding terrain.

The Northwest Perspective on contemporary home design offers clean lines and a streamlined look that manages to add a bit of contrast while also blending in with a more rugged environment. These homes typically have the following features to a varying degree:

  • Sharp lines –  Contemporary homes are known for having clearly defined lines that give them an angular appearance, rather than rounded or gently sloped lines. When these homes are surrounded by undeveloped land, these lines contrast beautifully with the softer, irregular lines of trees, rocks and other natural elements.
  • Warm woods –  Contemporary houses with a Northwest Perspective generally make use of richly colored warm woods that complement nearby trees. When combined with clean lines, these woods give homes an interesting visual appearance that blends a naturally rugged look with a more modern shape.
  • Contrasting materials and colors – While this isn’t a requirement for contemporary homes in natural areas, these features can create an impressive appearance. A white exterior wall or the use of steel or concrete provide a striking contrast with the surrounding environment.
  • Complementary colors – Contemporary homes set in natural environments can blend in with their surroundings, despite the use of clean, modern lines. These homes make clever use of green and brown tones on the exterior to help them fit in more among trees and other woodland elements.

If you’re thinking of having a home built with contemporary architecture, contact Gelotte Hommas for a consultation. Our skilled architects will help you create a visually striking home that blends beautifully with your natural surroundings.

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