Your home’s design, both inside and outside, is a unique reflections of you, the homeowner. However, since it’s the exterior that people see first, it’s important to not only show your own personal flair with an exterior home design, but also to keep up with current styles that beautify and add value. A house that offers the current real estate trends is likely to score higher offer prices and quicker closing dates. And even if you’re not planning to move anytime soon, an attractive, up-to-date home exterior is something you can always take pride in, every time you pull into your driveway.
Of course, popular style trends may come and go, so how do you know which trends to go with when you’re considering home exterior upgrades? Look for the exterior home trends that appear to have solid staying power in the market. And also keep an eye out for style upgrades that provide strong curb appeal.
Whether you’re considering a minor update or an extensive revamping of your home’s exterior, take a look at some of these upcoming trends for 2018 to turn your home’s façade into the showplace that displays your style as a homeowner and proves your home is trendy and sellable. New colors, new blends of texture and style, as well as new combinations of natural elements in 2018 are taking realtors and homeowners by storm this year.
Leading trends in paint color for 2018 call for a vibrancy through contrast, as opposed to the more subtle palette approach popular in previous years. Utilizing the contrast of grays and darker shades of primary colors with a bright, energetic focal point creates a style that brings the home’s exterior alive with vitality and freshness. Beautiful, vibrant color combinations in all the top brands of paints are limitless.
Homeowners can take advantage of this trend in many ways. For example, you might opt for a crisp, white trim against dark gray siding, with a rich, dark blue door as a centerpiece that will stand out. Or, consider dark crimson siding with light gray trim and a lively emerald green door. Such vibrant color and contrast will cause your house to pop in its surroundings.
This doesn’t mean that neutral colors on the exterior of a home are a thing of the past. On the contrary, neutral colors are even more important, as the right combination of neutrals with a splash of a bold color is what makes the 2018 paint trend work.
Blends of Siding Types
Another trend that’s expected to be popular in 2018 and 2019 involves the use of texture, another area where your home’s exterior can pop and wow. Texture has been a part of most big trends for exteriors in recent years; however, you can expect this year to bring in more emphasis on blending different textures and styles across the surface of your home.
For example, one recent popular look for homes has been a combination of brick and stone to create interesting visual variety. This approach isn’t going away. In fact, the 2018 trend is to take this approach a step further by combining as many complementary styles as possible into one façade to create new texture styles never previously seen. And yes, new buyers are loving it.
The use of these innovative combinations, along with specialty siding, can create fresh, new looks and yet appear rustic at the same time. Also, a blend of different types of siding painted the same color highlights the unique texture combinations that make your home stand out and look aesthetically pleasing.
While homeowners can expect to see stone and brick variations to continue in popularity into 2018, it’s not just because home buyers like an interesting visual look. There is also a drive to employ a more authentic, natural appearance in building materials. This is normal with stone and brick, which tend to be left in their natural state, although you can expect to see less painting of brick these days than in years past.
But this trend toward a more natural look definitely affects wood exteriors in many ways. In the past, wood has often received heavy treatments of paint and stain on homes, which has masked the natural grain or made it hard to distinguish wood from vinyl siding. Right now, though, homeowners are opting more often than ever for an authentic wood appearance as well. They want wood siding that has been treated with clear, natural, or lightly stained finishes, rather than heavy stains or paints.
Another popular trend for 2018 is an exciting one in terms of creativity and detail. New attention is being paid to parts of the home that have been ordinarily overlooked in years past. Rather than being seen as necessary installations that need no special attention, today’s fences, garage doors, utility sheds, water tanks, and other peripheral elements of your home’s landscape are being taken into account in exterior home upgrades. Paying attention to these types of details can pay huge dividends in your home’s curb appeal.
2018 will also continue to see elements of certain themes from past years, such as durability, eco-friendliness, and low-maintenance hardscaping. This makes materials such as fiber cement siding a great choice for home exteriors going forward.
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The friendly, experienced crew at JD Hostetter is ready to help you beautify your home exterior anytime. For a free, no-obligation Exterior Home Remodeling Consultation, click here or call us at (317) 517-7847. We look forward to working with you to discover, plan, and execute the best home exterior for your unique style and tastes.