Dark, Earthy Siding Colors
Siding is an easy way to bring instant impact to a home’s exterior look. In 2021, exterior siding trends are set to prioritize dark, earthy colors that communicate strength, vitality, and stability — all qualities that are ideal for making a house feel more like a safe haven. Maroon, navy blue, burgundy, forest green, and dark brown are among some of the most beautiful dark siding selections
that will be seeing a
boost in popularity
Another big design
trend for exterior
house layouts in
2021 is integrating
visual texture into the
home’s facade. Instead
of a smooth wash,
visual texture in
specific areas can help
highlight the home’s
unique architectural features and bring added interest and character to the exterior. Visual texture can be achieved in many areas, including the window trim, roofing, and fascia, but siding remains the easiest and most popular place for creating additional visual texture.
Black Accent Color
Various shades of black, including ebony, onyx and charcoal, are certainly set to make an appearance in 2021 as a top exterior house design trend, but not always as a main color. Instead, black is predicted to be a wildly popular accent color in the coming year, so it will be used for door trim, window trim, soffit, porch banisters, and more. Partnered with brown, white, or other colors, using black as an accent can create a wide variety of stylish looks.
Variation within a Color Family
Another exterior house design trend in 2021 is to veer away from contrast and approach coordination from a more subtle angle. This means sticking within the same color family when selecting accent colors for trim and roofing. For example, light grey siding with dark grey trim or light brown siding with dark brown trim — this approach of staying within a single color family will create a fresh way to upgrade a home’s exterior in 2021.
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 2021 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 2021.
Glasswork with Height
In addition to bringing indoor activities outside, 2021 design trends also incorporate bringing the outdoor lighting in with elongated windows that provide extensive natural light. Floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights are set to have a huge presence in 2021 exterior house design trends as homeowners seek to reinforce a connection with the outdoors — even when they’re inside.
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 in 2021.
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
that are both durable
key winners for
their exteriors in 2021.
Modern Design Is
Taken Hold in
New Home Construction
Residential homes are once again embracing the modern aesthetic. That’s in part because modern architecture can accommodate different exterior materials—as opposed to contemporary designs that are more fixed in their looks.
And unlike contemporary or other era-bound designs, modern design has a longer-lasting appeal. A contemporary home, by contrast, retains its timestamp long after its time has passed (think ’70s ranch). Modern design also means more low-slope roofs and fewer traditional pitched gable roofs.
Builders Are Mixing and Matching Exterior Materials to Make Their Homes Stand Out
Historically, a residential neighborhood would have just one type of siding, whether it was lap, shingle, or board and batten siding. That’s been changing, and you'll be seeing a lot of mixing of materials.
Rather than the tradition of one home, one exterior type, architects and builders are applying a few exterior materials to a single home. They’re drawing from a range of options: stone panels, fiber cement, wood shingles, and metals like aluminum and steel. The latest trend has been to have at least three different exterior materials on a single structure.
But there’s a method to putting various materials on the same house. Heavier-looking materials, such as brick, concrete, or stone panels, should line the first floor—creating a sense of a sturdy foundation. This gives weight to the design. The higher floors should get materials that look and feel less heavy, like lap or wood siding. By using different combinations of materials, they adjust the home’s look and personality and achieving both context and contrast. To create a strong sense of context and cohesion with the neighborhood, use at least one exterior material found in the surrounding properties. To create a greater sense of contrast, use at least one material that’s not seen nearby-giving the house character without standing out like a sore thumb.