It seems simple, but first impressions matter. When dreaming about a new exterior for your home, think about what you want neighbors and family to see and feel when they arrive at your house. And just like you might for a kitchen or bedroom redesign, pay attention to what you like. Browse through magazines or drive through neighborhoods, take notes of exteriors that appeal to you. Try to identify the features and elements that stand out to create a beautiful home. Think about the impression you want to make and draw from ideas, colors and themes that you like. Remember, bringing inspirations to life, inside or out, can be fun and rewarding!
No matter what the style of your home, the key to creating a unique look is blending different styles, colors and textures of exterior cladding products. For example, pairing stone with a clapboard and shake creates different textures on the exterior of your home. This also gives your home some dimension as well. Here are two examples of how you can mix and match textures, colors and styles to achieve the look you want.
Here's a great example of utilizing key elements to enhance the home's exterior. Using a darker shake, clay, in the Gable, stone as a knee wall and a clapboard in rye enhances the design of this home. The white trim and shutters frame this design nicely.
These are just two ideas. If you want to start playing around with colors and textures, check out Dream Designer (the floating tab to your right). Choose “Start Designing Now” to dream up some ideas of your own.