Design Inspiration from our Walden Parade Home

Guest Post by Veronica Search, our Award-Winning Charter Colors Stylist

Our Walden Parade Home is still available for viewing to our customers when you visit our model home.  Also check out our great video tour!

For the Harrisburg Parade of Homes, we wanted our Walden showcase home to reflect the essence of the neighborhood – classic, liveable and inspiring, with lots of style mixed in. For this Canton floorplan with attached garage, I chose a color scheme based on the many beautiful and relaxing variations of blue, a great match with the light blue exterior of the home. Don’t miss the list of paint colors at the end of this post!


The exterior of our Parade Home in Walden.

The most challenging feat was editing in this home.  I had so many accessories that I didn’t know what to do with.  If this is the case in your own home, try removing all the accessories from the rooms into one area – and then be veryparticular as to what finds a home in one of your rooms.  If you don’t love it or it’s not quite right, put it away! Better to lean towards simple than to have your home overfilled with accessories you’re only lukewarm about.


The study features black trim and a few bold accessories, creating a dramatic effect.

In the end, decorating this home was all about balance.  Balance of “just enough” accessories, balance of textures, and balance of colors. The Living and Dining rooms were a fun challenge as I wanted to ensure that the two rooms which are so open to one another stood apart as well.



The Living Room - loved the piece above the sofa!

The trick became juggling the metals, and the dark blue accents.  Notice how the guest chairs on either side of the buffet balance the dark blue accessories in the Living Room.  Also, notice how the piece above the Living Room sofa balances the weight of the all the wood in the Dining Room.   Keep it consistent and keep moving.


The Dining Room, where a light rug balances the darker wood.

For the kitchen, In the kitchen, I chose ‘Blue Pearl’ granite with a ‘Twilight Blue’ backsplash. That combination pairs nicely with stainless steel appliances. I used a combination of recessed lights and pendants over the kitchen table to light the kitchen area. And if you’re one of the many people who asked about the kitchen sink – it’s a Kohler Smart Divide in cast iron, a smart and lovely choice.


I kept the kitchen light, and included a bold painting to add color and focus - while keeping true to the blue theme.

For the entire first-floor, I picked Gatsby hand-sculpted oak floor in ‘Vintage Brown.’ The carpet in the second floor is friseé—or modern day shag!

As promised, here are the Sherwin Williams paint colors I chose for this home. Don’t forget, you could chose any of the following selections to customize your Charter home!


For the Study: Mount Etna with Black Trim


For the Living & Dining Rooms: Silvermist


Bedroom #4: Tinsmith

Thanks for joining me on this tour of our Walden Parade Home – now come on in and check out the real thing! Don’t forget, we’re offering some phenomenal specials on our Ready Now Homes over Parade weekend – as well as an unprecedented deal on this gorgeous and award-winning home!