Six Popular Exterior Design Trends

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Most people pay more attention to the interior of their home than the exterior. Refinishing the kitchen and bathroom are always first on the list. Choosing the correct theme, paint color, flooring, and accents takes time and patience to get it right. While all of those things help make your house appealing to you and guests, it does not have the same impact as working on the exterior of the house. Improvement to the exterior, maximize curb appeal and when done correctly, greatly impact the value of the property. So, where to start? There are a lot of new trends for 2022. Read on to find out the best ones.

Top Six Exterior Design Trends

While design trends tend to change over time, the following are long-lasting and offer impactful additions to any home exterior.

Key Areas Include:

  • Neutral Color Palettes
  • Textured Materials
  • Exterior Lighting
  • Seamless Living Between Outdoor and Indoor Spaces
  • Passive Homes
  • Minimalistic Design Trends
  • Landscaping

Neutral Palettes

While most neutral colors may appear to lack actual color, there are underlying tones that change given the amount of light given. They are wildly popular because they help to blend with any décor and bring the space together.

Some neutral colors are listed below:

  • Beige
  • Black
  • Camel
  • Charcoal
  • Gray
  • Cream
  • Tan
  • White

It is strongly recommended to stay within the same family of colors when choosing accents such as trim, lighting, or roofing. 

Families of Colors

There are obviously an infinite number of color families. Some of the more popular for house exterior are listed below:

  • Dark Earth Tones
  • Black Shades
  • Green Hues
  • Soft White Colors

Dark Earth tones offer a dramatic look to any home. They offer a look of vitality and strength. While many people might not think of black shades, it can liven up any façade with black siding or paint. It helps modernize the appearance of any home.

Black color accent points:

  • Trim
  • Soffit
  • Porch Banisters
  • Shutters

Green hues offer a great touch in desert climates providing a sense of calm and vitality.

When white shades are used it helps to create warm contrast.

Textured Materials

Anytime an exterior surface has textured materials applied, it can add character and aesthetic improvement to the exterior of the house. Some of the more common exterior materials used include:

  • Natural Materials
  • Metals
  • Real Wood
  • Stacked Stone

Using natural materials such as stone accents can create a sleek, modern look. Textured cement panels can be used as siding to give a unique look. Metals such as bronze or copper can also add to overall aesthetic of your home and give it a welcoming warmth. Having a metal front door can add a great accent too. Adding wooden elements to the façade of the house can create dimensional space that is textured.

Exterior Lighting

One of the easiest ways to spruce up the appearance of your home is by replacing light fixtures. Some of the ways to add light to the exterior of your home include:

  • Path Lights
  • Fire Pit Lights
  • Patio Lighting
  • String Lights
  • Lanterns

Seamless Living Between Outdoor and Indoor Spaces

For those families interested in spending a lot of time in a beautiful outdoor space, creating a seamless way to incorporate it to the interior of the house is key. This might include the following:

  • Patio doors 
  • Gazebos
  • Decks
  • Pergolas
  • Lanais
  • Patios
  • Porches

Both your indoor and outdoor spaces should work in concert with one another, creating a beautifully seamless experience between the two.

One current trend is the use of wide sliding doors or folding doors to create a smooth transition from an interior space to an outside patio or deck.

Passive Homes

These homes use natural light through windows and skylights to cut down on the reliance on electricity. The floor to ceiling windows add a great deal to the curb appeal of any home. 

Minimalistic Design Trends

This type of design takes away accents, trim, and other unnecessary elements and creates a bold appearance. Some of the minimalistic trends include:

  • Hidden Lighting
  • Monochrome Lights
  • Open Spaces
  • Panoramic Windows


It can be easy to get caught up in the structure itself, yet landscaping can add another attractive dimension to the curb appeal of your home. Through the use of colors, different height plants, wood or stones, landscaping can draw the eye to exterior features of your home and create a desired  focal point.

Final Thoughts

There are so many options when considering improving the exterior appearance of your home. Whether you are interested in adding appeal by way of paint color, theme, various accents, or landscaping, these trends can add to curb appeal and offer a great return on investment. 

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