The exterior of your home is not only the first impression that others will get but it is the first thing that you see when you get home. Rather than a tired or boring looking exterior, it is beneficial to get home from work or just from a day out and to be welcomed by a design that you created and that matches you and your personality.
While a lot of people pay close attention to interior deign trends, you shouldn’t overlook the importance of home exterior trends, but it is difficult
to pinpoint a single or a small
number of trends, because it
depends on the size of your
home, the type of neighbour-
hood, and a host of other
factors. Below, though,
we have highlighted some
exterior trends that will prove
popular through 2023 and
that you can use to get
inspiration for your next refurb.
Done poorly, a dark siding can be foreboding, spooky, and make your home look haunted and rundown. Done well, and typically combined with a lighter trim, dark sidings can look strong and stable. They can make a property look bigger than it is, and they will be especially impactful against a bright summer backdrop. Gray remains a popular color but expect to see earthy browns and other natural colors in neighborhoods around you.
Seemingly in contrast to trend number one, another popular exterior trend is the white siding. This tends to work well with dark accents, for example window shutters as well as gutters. If you’re unsure of whether you want a dark or white siding, you can use color blocking. Essentially, this means that most of the siding will be white or light, and a single wall or section of a wall will have a darker siding. This works especially well if you have a bay that protrudes from the front of the property or a large chimney stack at the side.
Black really can be foreboding,
and if you try combining black
accents with dark gray sidings,
it may be too much. However,
black accents are popular
and especially on lighter-
colored houses. A light gray
house looks very effective with
black frames, for example, and
this can be combined with color
blocking, although you need to
avoid using too many colors and designs or the exterior will look too busy and unplanned.
Things like doors, window frames, and even the guttering can be used as design accents, not only to serve genuine purpose for your home. Whatever color sidings and exterior you choose, bright accent colors can help add a real pop of color, and the good thing about using accents in this way is if you change your mind and want to change the way the property exterior looks in a year or two, you only have to change the accents, or some of the accents.
When choosing complementary colors, stick to the same family of colors. This doesn’t mean you have to plaster the whole exterior in basically one or two shades. Gray really is popular and there are many hues, variations, and styles of gray from light grays to blue-grays to nearly-black grays. Use a light gray for the walls, dark gray for the accents, and have a blue gray for the roof, for example.
A Textured Façade
A textured façade brings depth to the exterior look of your property, although it does need to be done somewhat sympathetically so as not to stand out. A tiled wall will stand out and bring depth, but do make sure that it is one of the better features of the property if you’re going to draw attention to it. Light colors show off texture better than dark colors, so you can decide how bold you want to be with this approach.
High Canopy Façade
This style of façade is ideal for homeowners who do not want the look of a typical front porch. To give some outside square footage, you can add a pleasant, shade-providing overhang to the home exterior. Here, homeowners may take advantage of a front porch without jeopardizing the home’s modern appearance.
A pergola or sunshade overhang on a home’s façade can protect from the sun and bring attention to those beautiful doors. If long enough, it can protect the façade from environmental damage.
A textured façade brings depth to the exterior look of your property, although it does need to be done somewhat sympathetically so as not to stand out.
A tiled wall will stand out and bring depth, but do make sure that it is one of the better features of the property if you’re going to draw attention to it. Light colors show off texture better than dark colors, so you can decide how bold you want to be with this approach.
Loft styling is a good example
of natural textures. It usually
works best with exposed
brickwork, wrought iron
accents, and vintage lighting.
Again, this style doesn’t have to
be employed right around the
house. You could use it in the
porch or veranda, giving the entranceway a more homely and welcoming feel for those visitors that make it that far.
Metal roofing is an excellent choice for low-maintenance homes. It’s long-lasting, sturdy, and available in a variety of styles. Metal roofs are particularly suitable for tropical regions since they are more resistant to moisture and wind damage than conventional materials such as clay bricks or asphalt shingles.
Doors as a Center of Attention
Doors are no longer just a practical necessity but also a fantastic opportunity to express one’s unique style. An inviting and eye-catching façade can be achieved through bold colors, geometric patterns, or special stained glass. Using contrasting colors and materials to frame a door can enhance its visual appeal in 2023 exterior home trends.
Stone Features and Finishes
In terms of exterior home trends, natural stone is a
popular choice due to its
durability and aesthetic value.
Granite, limestone, travertine,
and slate are all examples of
natural stones that you
can use in favor of more
expensive materials like
brick or cinder block to give a
home more richness, color,
A traditional countryside exterior design consists of a simple stone and concrete façade with iron railings. One of the most noticeable features from the outside is the steeply sloping roof, whose tiles make a lasting effect on bystanders. Furthermore, the home’s natural stone and grass walkway complement the industrial exterior lighting.
Serious Outdoor Living Spaces
Long gone are the days when a sole pair of rocking chairs on the porch was enough for creating a sufficient outdoor environment. By far one of the hottest design trends for 2022 is to elevate outdoor living by creating extensive outdoor living spaces that can accommodate a variety of activities.
Seating is still important, including rocking chairs, swings, and outdoor sofas, but other outdoor furniture setups will see a surge, too, such as outdoor kitchens, sinks, grills, and dining spaces. Covered spaces, like pergolas and sheltered lounges, will also be popular this year. Basically, more robust outdoor spaces that can accommodate prolonged time outdoors will be key to exterior house designs in 2023.
Materials Made to Last
Finally, prioritizing durable building materials over affordable, short term products that will require repair or replacement relatively quickly — this has been a steady trend in recent years, and it’s one that is set to continue.
The housing market continues to illustrate that homeowners are looking for quality features in exterior home designs, and are selecting materials that are built to last and perform without fail. Even better than
durable materials? Products that are both durable and low maintenance are key winners for homeowners upgrading their exteriors.