Exteriors 174 Ideabooks

18 Home Exteriors Gone Wild With Color
There is no rule (unless your homeowners association has one) that houses need to be painted beige, gray or ecru. And why should interiors have all the fun when it comes to color? In the Mediterranean, Latin American and the Caribbean, there...
Gabled Dormers Put Homes at Their Peak
With a centered peak at the top and a roof that slopes downward on each side, a gabled dormer creates usable space in the roof of a home, adding headroom, windows and architectural interest. Built in a variety of sizes, gabled dormers can accommodate...
When to Paint Your Home Gray
Gray paint — whether a warm gray or a cool one — is an ideal choice for a home of just about any style, age and location. Also, with this color's wide range of hues, two or more shades can be combined to create subtle distinctions between architectural...
When to Paint Your Home Red
Energetic, lively and the color of good luck, red can excite and enliven a home's exterior. Whether it's traditional red brick, a more earthen tone — like Frank Lloyd Wright's favorite Cherokee Red — or a more electric hue, red makes a home jump...
3 Exterior Paint Dilemmas, 7 Palette Solutions
Often overwhelmed by choosing exterior paint colors and by coordinating the siding color with doors, roof and trim, many homeowners fall back on white or shades of tan. There's nothing wrong with those colors — they are classic hues that can work...
When to Paint Your Home Yellow
Thinking of making your home's exterior color evoke summertime and sunshine? Then consider yellow. Ranging from soft and earth toned to more electric and brash, yellow serves a home's exterior well. Whether they're set off by winter's snow and gray...
Help! What Color Should I Paint My Front Door?
It's a common design question for anyone wishing to update a home exterior: What color to paint the front door? I found three homeowners in Houzz Discussions with that dilemma and have a few suggestions for possible paint colors that would work well on...
White Delights on Home Exteriors of All Styles
From tropical to traditional, classical to contemporary, the color white has been used with great success on home exteriors. What is remarkable is how white suits so many home styles. While it may not be appropriate for many late-19th-century homes,...
Exterior Panel Shutters Cover All the Bases
If you're looking to up the curb appeal of your home, consider dressing your windows with traditional exterior panel shutters. Originally designed hundreds of years ago as a functional window dressing for privacy and security, the paneled shutter still...
Porte Cocheres Steer Driveway Style in the Right Direction
Many people have a "bucket list" of events and locations they'd like to experience in life; I have a bucket list of architectural elements I hope to have in future homes throughout my life. At the top of my list is a porte cochere (pronounced "port-co-SHARE"),...
Front and Center Color: When to Paint Your Door Deep Red
While rich red hues, such as burgundy and oxblood, were all the rage on the fall 2012 fashion runways, they were already classic colors for exterior doors and trim. But once you've settled on a red hue for your front door, how do you select coordinating...
Artistic Carvings Make for Cutting-Edge Architecture
While building materials often provide plenty of character through their inherent properties — the warmth and texture of wood, the veining of marble, the color of tile — they can also become a canvas for artistic expression. In particular,...
Front and Center Color: When to Paint Your Door Bright Red
Perhaps the most stirring hue in the entire color spectrum, red has been found to actually raise one's blood pressure. We associate it with life, vitality and passion. In Johannes Itten's classic treatise on color, as translated in The...
Front and Center Color: When to Paint Your Door Orange
A deep orange called Tangerine Tango was declared the color of the year for 2012 by Pantone, and even as the year starts to wind down,...
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