5 exterior trends architects are loving that will make the outside of your home look modern, expensive and feel more private


When it comes to interior design trends, we're seeing textured wall finishes used throughout the home, from limewash paints in the living room to Tadelakt and Roman plaster in the bathroom. But how does this translate for exterior trends? We're seeing architects look to stucco for textured exterior finishes, especially when using color as a way to bring depth and interest to a home's walls.


Shingles are a traditional siding choice for a coastal homes, and for homes like this modern home on the California coast, it's for a good reason. 'The house is located on a bluff in Half Moon Bay and gets the brunt of storms and inclement weather, so materials and finishes were chosen to be as durable as possible for the coastal site,' explains Anne Griffes, Senior Project Manager at architecture studio Walker Warner.


There are certain types of architecture that you might think are impossible to retrofit onto an existing home, but as this project by Yeh Yeh Yeh Architects goes to prove, embracing minimalism as part of a remodel isn't one of them. What was once a dated 1950s home has been re-imagined by the architects with minimalist architecture inspiration.


When it comes to making a statement, black remains one of the most effective and stylish architecture trends for the exterior of a home. For this contemporary property in a Brooklyn neighborhood, a combination of a solid black color and an intriguing paneled effect helps the architecture avoid feeling too monolithic.


Slats, from fences to screens, are a popular modern design trend for the exterior of the home. But they have more to offer than just good looks. For this home in Queensland, Australia, it also played a part in ensuring the house functions well in the heat, while offering privacy (and a connection to the outside) for the owners.

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