52 Eclectic Exterior Design Photos

If you're looking to enhance your curb appeal, nothing packs a bigger punch than revamping your architectural design. Since it's the first thing visitors see, it makes or breaks your home's first impression — it can easily become the neighborhood star or the neighborhood dud. The exterior often reflects the overall style of the house and the family that lives there, so it sets the pace for the rest of your space. In the end, whether you have stone, wood, brick, steel or vinyl siding, make sure your materials, paint colors and overall eclectic design represent what you like and who you are. More 
Eskuche Design
16 Reviews
Mountain Modern Lakeshore
Ideabooks19,075
Questions11
Residential Design: Peter Eskuche, AIA, Eskuche Associates Photography by A.J. Mueller
“Cottage” — homedc
Bill Fry Construction - Wm. H. Fry Const. Co.
37 Reviews
Napa Valley style custom estate home by custom home builder,Saratoga CA
Ideabooks2,760
Questions4
5000 square foot custom home with pool house and basement in Saratoga, CA (San Francisco Bay Area). The exterior is in a modern farmhouse style with bat on board siding and standing seam metal roof. Luxury features include Marvin Windows, copper gutters throughout, natural stone columns and wainscot, and a sweeping paver driveway. The interiors are more traditional.
“Clerestory windows” — amydmit
Masters Stone Group, Inc.
20 Reviews
Avalon Belle Island
Ideabooks12
Questions0
“stone? not sure about square look. color of roof tiles and cream colored walls.” — lagoona
Loudon County's Premier Frame Maker
The P. H. Miller Studio was founded in 1983. The studio specializes in making hand carved and water gilded frames and home accessories in traditional and modern styles.
Sponsored
Cottonwood Custom Builders, Inc.
Sunshine Canyon Tuscan-Inspired
Ideabooks1
Questions0
Bill Fry Construction - Wm. H. Fry Const. Co.
37 Reviews
curved interlocking paver driveway by Bay Area custom home builder,Saratoga CA
Ideabooks769
Questions0
5000 square foot custom home with pool house and basement in Saratoga, CA (San Francisco Bay Area). The exterior is in a modern farmhouse style with bat on board siding and standing seam metal roof. Luxury features include Marvin Windows, copper gutters throughout, natural stone columns and wainscot, and a sweeping paver driveway. The interiors are more traditional.
“exterior style & finish” — Mike & Diane Long
Eskuche Design
16 Reviews
2010 Luxury Tour - Mountain Modern
Ideabooks550
Questions0
Residential Design: Peter Eskuche, AIA, Eskuche Associates AJ Mueller Photography
“design called, mountain modern. love entry and style” — mepropst
Smalls Landscaping
18 Reviews
Northwest Indiana Marshall Residence
Ideabooks125
Questions1
Rain or shine enjoying a moment out in this vast garden is peaceful and stress free. It is a lot of hard work, but in the end it's worth every second.
“SWINGS :)” — susanlp79
Bill Fry Construction - Wm. H. Fry Const. Co.
37 Reviews
sweeping interlocking paver driveway by Bay Area custom home builder,Saratoga
Ideabooks144
Questions0
5000 square foot custom home with pool house and basement in Saratoga, CA (San Francisco Bay Area). The exterior is in a modern farmhouse style with bat on board siding and standing seam metal roof. Luxury features include Marvin Windows, copper gutters throughout, natural stone columns and wainscot, and a sweeping paver driveway. The interiors are more traditional.
“small entry leading to big house” — heartland123
Renovating in Ashburn? Contact a local pro
Details Interiors, LLC
Loudoun County Interior Designer
Best of Houzz 2014
View my projects
Grow Landscapes, Inc.
Loundon County Landscape Architect
View my projects
When you get ready to remake your exterior, it's important to consider all the components. If you're starting from scratch, you must first decide what architectural designs you prefer. There are several different options to choose from — including Victorian, mediterranean, Craftsman and midcentury modern — so do your research and determine which one reflects you and is reasonable given your space or current home. Once that's decided, it's time to consider the materials and color. Your overall style will help determine this, but your personal taste and resell ability should also be factors. Finally, add some finishing touches for a personalized, lived-in look.

What exterior home style works for me?


Whether you're a traditionalist, minimalist or trendsetter, there is an architectural design style that will work for you. If you like an old-fashioned look, consider a Victorian, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Tudor, Cape Cod or Craftsman home. For a sleek, modern approach, think about a Prairie style, art deco, modern or midcentury modern design. Or if you want your home to have regional character, go with mediterranean, Southwestern or tropical. In the end, consider your location, overall sense of style, budget and current home layout before making your final remodel plans.

What exterior home materials and colors should I use?


The materials you end up using are often determined by the overall style of the house. Traditional homes use more brick and wood shingles, while stone and metal siding are popular contemporary options. Although there is some leeway in the materials you use, be sure it accurately reflects your overall design. Budget is also a factor as well. Vinyl siding is a more affordable option, while stone will cost quite a bit more.

If you're not quite ready for a full-on remodel, you can easily swap out trim and paint colors and still make an impact. Unless you live in a Victorian or are part of a neighborhood where bold colors are common, try to pick a neutral primary color, like beige, brown or gray. If you want to stray from the norm with bright accents, try painting your front door or garage door something bright, such as red, green or blue.

How do I decorate my home exterior?


Although you want to avoid a kitschy final product, you can add a few decorative elements to spice up your home's eclectic architectural design. House numbers are a great way to add personality; you can try a unique font or brighter colors for a different look. Mailboxes, doormats and funky lighting also help enhance your house's character. And when the season rolls around, don't forget about holiday decorations and Christmas lights!
© 2014 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™