One of my favorite tasks as an architect has always been choosing the finishes for both the exterior and interiors of a home. My approach has always been to work closely with the owners to find special and unique finishes that complement the style of the house, the overall design concept and the personal tastes of the client. Architect’s see and have access to a much wider range of materials than the average homeowner would find at a big box store. There are so many more products available to choose from and even many local businesses that offer a wonderful variety of finish options at competitive prices. On this project for instance, we have been working with local Boulder businesses to choose some of the finishes, such as American Loft Cabinetry for the recycled paper cabinets and Go Green Flooring, for tile, cork and linoleum flooring. This home currently under construction in Boulder has a modern palette of dark and light neutral finishes that carry from the outside in to each room, though each will be unique. Here are just a few of the finishes we have chosen so far for the interiors of this home. Many are natural materials or made from recycled materials. One important rule of thumb is that to choose paint colors or any other interior finishes it is very helpful to assemble all of the materials and finishes and even furniture and artwork that will be in the room as an aid to inform your choices. The photos above illustrate the process showing a few of the sample boards we have been assembling and some of the exterior finishes as they are installed as well.