Planning a design for a home ideally suited to your tastes and style isn’t a thing to be done overnight, as anyone who ever planned his or her own home can attest. The many steps of sketching and re-sketching involved, while often being a tremendously complex and considerate process, sometimes neglect the exterior of the house in their planning. While it’s true that you’ll be spending most of your time indoors, by yourself or with other people, that doesn’t mean that you wouldn’t appreciate the exterior of your house reflecting your tastes as well. After all, the outdoor look will be the first thing that any visiting guest will notice and the finishing touch that will make the whole package look complete before your own eyes as well.
There are plenty of home exterior design ideas you can look into to get a harmonious style both in and out of the living space, or to tap even deeper into the esthetic or trend you’re exploring in interior design. Granted, the most visible details of the exterior come from the architect’s pen and are already there when the house is finished, but there are still some light touches you can add to make sure your home reflects its elegant feel outwards as well. As for the heavier details, the ones who are actually built in, there’s always the possibility to remodel a few things here and there if you feel like a bigger change. Here are a few ideas that might help provide inspiration or at least make for good comparison grounds, no matter how small scale or big scale you’re planning to redecorate.
1. Get a few beautiful accessories to reflect a desired style
There are two main areas on which you can focus on when attempting to make the exterior of your home and yard look better: the house itself and the space round it. The house can benefit from frequent changes of style, perhaps even tailored to be in the mood of the season or the current holiday, with a few stripes of paint. Don’t be afraid to pick up the paint roller yourself and give the house a few dabs of color, even in dramatic colors. If you feel like you don’t have any talent whatsoever for drawing (don’t we all?), rest assured: there’s still a lot you can do yourself without botching the result. A few vertical lines in colors that complement each other or in different shades of the same chromatic palette can really do wonders in brightening up your home’s look, not to mention the fact that the rugged and not quite finished look of a few rough lines will look artsy and interesting. If you still feel too self-conscious about the final result, the sure paved way to turn it into something that looks artistic and meant to look the way it does is by adding a small detail or accessory on top of the color lines, like an empty picture frame in a dark contrasting color. Try it as often as you feel like a new look.
Also, speaking of accessories for the house’s exterior, there are plenty of other nice decorative things to consider, that refresh your home’s look or give it a different direction altogether, while also being fairly cheap and easy to take down once you’re bored with them. For example, give some thought about adding an unusual and interesting mailbox to your yard, one that reflects the overall mood and style you’re aiming for. You can integrate the mailbox beautifully into the landscaping design, like in the picture below.
Some other nice home exterior design ideas which make use of new objects could be a nice doorbell and a funky or stylish doormat, a lamp mounted on a high exterior wall and so on. The possibilities are virtually endless, so browse the catalogs of your favorite decorating brands and think about trying a few things from there, or just search the internet markets for precisely the thing you would like. If you think there couldn’t possibly be a manufacturer for a crazy idea you thought of, you’d better reconsider: to paraphrase a famous saying, if you can imagine, somebody probably already produced it.
If you feel like also enlisting some professional help for the outer walls of your house, then forget the ideas about adding a few splashes of paint yourself and maybe consider some full scale wall painting from a graffiti artist. After all, why not? Graffiti art isn’t vandalism and hasn’t been that for a long time, but a very avant-garde, youthful and edgy art instead. And the idea isn’t as indie as it may seem and other providers of home exterior design ideas already thought of it. For example, in the picture below, look how beautiful the graffiti-like wall painting unites the home’s interior with its exterior. Give it a go and give your house a modern and edgy look.
2. Arrange the roof into a space you can enjoy
The rooftop, as well, doesn’t have to be just a part of the house that keeps the rain from falling in or that looks pretty from the outside. There are ways to make the rooftop into a functional part of your house and to domesticate the space it provides into something you can use and enjoy. The idea is not only good in matters of economy of space, but it was also quite innovative when it first debuted and it can still take the house into a more modern direction.
There are two main ways to do this: either turn the roof into a terrace lounge meant to entertain guests or just relax in the warm season, or, with a bit more effort of maintaining, turn it into a green layer of the house with plenty of vegetation over a foundation of fertile soil. The second option may be a bit harder and require constant time invested, and it may not allow you to delve too much on the roof as a place meant for relaxation, but it looks very pretty from afar and may also reduce the carbon print of your home significantly. On the other hand, arranging your rooftop into a pretty lounge makes for a beautiful observation point, for glorious dinners or afternoon drinks, and, perhaps first and foremost, for extremely romantic sunsets you’ll be watching from there. So weigh the options carefully and go for what you think suits you best. Either way, your house’s look will definitely be prettier for it.
3. Add functional details that allow you to practice hobbies
Among the most fun options within home exterior design ideas are the ones that allow the owner to not only decorate the building, but to use the additions to help with practicing various sports or hobbies. A basketball ring on a wall, or a climbing pavilion for wannabe alpinists again on one of the walls, and even the old-fashioned tree house in the yard (especially if you have children) can add an exciting touch to your house’s exterior. If you’re not much for sports, the same idea applies to other hobbies you may have that can be practiced outside: think of how lovely and classy a traditional and elegant chess table would look in front of your house, among some flower pots, for example. These outlets for enjoying sports and hobbies that you already have and practice elsewhere don’t just make the place more cozy and express the inhabitants’ interests and personalities, but they are first and foremost decorative objects, since they’re not actually used all the time. And they really make for beautiful decorative objects, in spite of their high degree of functionality.
Among all these, the most esthetic potential lies with the classic tree house. There are so many ways and styles to make one of those, that it can dramatically reflect on the big house as well and enrich or change its look. Get some advice from an architect or home designer on what kind of tree house would make your home look the best, and then prepare for a cute little house which not only promises a lot of fun days ahead, but also gives your property the style you were aiming for.
Other home exterior design ideas that are easy to try and you should consider: temporary decorations for each holiday, not the kitschy stuff from regular supermarkets that feature actual characters from the holiday’s story, but more like classical decorations that help with the mood of said holiday and which you’ll only display then. For example, you don’t need to invest into corny pumpkin decorations for Halloween, but you can invest in some darker shades of door frames or an outside fire place in dark reddish mahogany tones that overall give a scent of late autumn without screaming of the holiday itself. This way, you’ll have a reason to redecorate and give your house a fresh feel every two months or even more often. It’s not as major as a paint job, but it will achieve almost the same effect.