Exteriors 177 Ideabooks

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,...
Steps and Stairs Elevate Modern Exterior Entryways
Water gives shape to nature — carving places like the Grand Canyon, for example — but it also determines much of a house's form and how it relates to nature. Beyond the roofs, walls and windows — the barriers that keep water from getting inside...
Front and Center Color: When to Paint Your Door Green
Green is more popular than ever for home interiors and accessories, but have you considered it for your home's exterior? A green front door, whether in a bold chartreuse or a more neutral shade of olive green, is a great way to welcome visitors. The green...
Fantastical Landscape Lighting to Kindle a Fanciful Air
Thanks to the broad range of lighting options now available, the sky's the limit when it comes to landscape lighting. Once you've mastered the...
5 Pro Tips for the Best Home Exterior Updates
Every homeowner knows how important curb appeal is — Houzz discussions are full of questions about how to update an exterior. But sometimes it's hard to know where to start. Should you put your budget toward...
The 3 Top Ways to Light Up Your Landscape
There are only three things to think of when you're considering landscape lighting. We call them the three S's: safety, security and sexy. Safety lighting keeps you from breaking your neck (watch out for that step!), security lighting discourages thieves...
Front and Center Color: When to Paint Your Door Black
Black can make a front door elegant and dramatic. It works well with any and every other color, making it extremely versatile. It can also toss a challenge your way. If you don't have enough contrasting colors as a backdrop, black can hide the entry or...
Shutter Cutouts: A Window to One's Soul?
Last winter my shutters started to peel and rot at an alarming rate. By early summer, my home's exterior was looking a lot like Grey Gardens. Though I earmarked...
Materials Matter on 3 Zurich Apartment Exteriors
On a trip to Zurich, Switzerland, I scouted some apartment buildings to share on Houzz. Given the cost of land and living in the city, most of the housing is multifamily. The three apartment buildings featured here have many similar characteristics, but...
5 Bright Palettes for Front Doors
Nothing welcomes guests to your home better than a bold, beautiful color on the front door. Many people have no trouble picking out a fun color to paint the door, but don't know what to do with the rest of the exterior. And what about the trim? The...
Renovation Detail: The Gambrel Roof
When I became a homeowner, I began studying nearly every house I passed, taking note of architectural features, landscaping, color palettes, materials...
Modern Canadian Homes Showcase Clever Entryways
Previously, I've discussed different ways of creating a sense of entry in modern designs, through entrance canopies and elevated...
Walkway Landscaping Rolls Out the Welcome Mat
Landscaping is the jewelry of the home, particularly in front gardens. It accessorizes and adds color and sparkle that might not fit into a home's exterior otherwise. The walkway to your front door is one of the most important elements of the overall...
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