6 Top Tips: The Right Facade For Your Home
Your home’s exterior is the first impression of your home, your lifestyle and well, you! It’s also the one part of a house that’s on show to the rest of the world.
Think of it like a book cover, which we all know we judge the book by! So picking the right face to compliment and highlight your home is a pretty important task.
But don’t worry, here are our top tips so that you can’t go wrong!
1: Always go with your style intuition
This is the first and most important tip we are going to give you!
There is 0 reason you should select a façade that isn’t true to you or your taste – no matter how on-trend it may be. Think of it this way… when you’re pulling into your driveway at the end of every day you want to 100% love the home that you see and that you work for!
So, if a design concept just doesn’t feel right, it’s best to avoid. Go with whatever style you’re naturally drawn to with anything visual; minimal, modern, contemporary, traditional or classic?
2: Avoid the latest fads
Following the latest and boldest trends can sometimes end up being a move you’ll regret as modern trends can date quicker than you think. And the bolder? Not the better!
This move can cost you in the long run when you decide your home’s facade needs an update sooner than it should. What to avoid include things like patterns, bold colours/colour combos and harsh shapes/angles.
If you’re willing to take the risk try to incorporate the fad into an element easily accessible and relatively affordable to change later on. For example, coloured doors are a great feature and can be easily changed or repainted later.
You’ll also want the style of the home to flow from the interior to the exterior to create consistency.
3: The power of natural materials
Natural materials not only add that extra visual element which brings a facade character and dimension, but it can add a soothing warmth to your home too.
Now, this is not limited to just the home itself! Natural materials such as timber, brick, stone or concrete can create some curb appeal through your landscaping elements too. Think fencing, paths, low landscape walls, you name it!
When choosing which natural materials to use, look at what undertones can be drawn from the materials and colours of your home’s exterior.
4: Pick your colours wisely
When it comes to colours, it is best to use one colour consistent with your home’s interior and then use 3-4 different shades of that one colour to add depth.
If your dream shade for the exterior of your home is too harsh to be an interior colour, consider a half or quarter strength paint.
You should also go with colours that are easy to manage and maintain.
If you are feeling bold and daring, contrast light with dark colours and throw in some textures to make a statement.
Just like with makeup (sorry all male readers) you want to highlight the best features of your face; your cheekbones, lips, eyes, whatever it may be. And it’s the same with the face of your home!
Apply your feature colour; the colour with the most contrast, to the part of your home you want to draw the most attention to and position as the focal point.
A common area to highlight is the entry space of your home which creates an inviting feel.
Materials can be another great way to draw attention to a particular feature of your home.
6: Lighting can make a world of different
Do you ever drive past a house at night and think ‘wow!’
It’s most likely because the house was lit up with feature lighting
The effect of a well-lit façade not only makes your home the standout on your street but adds a sense of luxury too.
Try some soft lighting or up and down lighting on feature design elements such as columns or a blade wall. You won’t believe the difference it will make!