The 5 Hottest Exterior Home Design Trends

Homeowner gives his front door a new bold coat of paint.

Current exterior home design trends are about more than beauty and charm. They also reflect the ways people are making their homes more durable in today’s volatile climate. Here are the top five ways to add both appeal and protection to your home.

Top Five Home Exterior Design Trends

1. Use bold colors. Deep blues, vibrant greens, and earthy terracottas paired with contrasting trim and accent pieces are taking a lead over neutral colors. If you don’t want to take as big of a leap, you can still make a statement with a bright-colored front door.

2. Add texture. Add visual interest and character by incorporating different textures into your home’s style and landscape. Materials such as stone veneer, brick, and stucco draw the eye and add a layer of depth.

3. Integrate technology. Smart home features are becoming just as popular on the outside of the home as they are inside. Automatic customizable lighting, security cameras, and automated entry systems are a few options to enhance functionality and safety.

4. Make energy-efficient upgrades. Sustainable choices such as insulated siding, solar panels, and energy-efficient windows have become popular as awareness of environmental issues grow.

5. Choose durable, sustainable materials. Homeowners are opting for resilient materials that are also environmentally friendly, such as composite siding, reclaimed wood elements, and metal roofing.

Along with choosing durable materials, there are additional ways to safeguard your home against natural disasters. As hurricane season approaches, these tips may help you avoid costly water damage:

  • Install a sump pump with battery backup.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts to maintain proper water runoff and drainage.
  • Grade your lawn to push water away from your home.
  • Elevate utilities and service equipment at least one foot above potential flood elevation.
  • Put in flood sensors that will alert you of imminent flooding.
  • Install high-impact windows with heavy frames or add storm shutters.
  • Invest in a strong roof by choosing metal or architectural shingles.

If you do any home remodeling or major updates, contact your Westwood agent to make sure your improvements are adequately covered, and to see if you qualify for a discount on your home insurance policy.

Please Note: This article is for general informational and educational purposes only. It does not represent any specific insurance policy and does not modify any provisions, limitations, or exclusions of any current policy.