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Modern Farmhouse Exterior: Paint Colors & Design Elements That Work

Some trend-spotters are saying the modern farmhouse exterior is on its way out, and while a few farmhouse design elements have become passé, on the whole we disagree. Of course part of what’s behind this trend’s staying power is the fact that farmhouses have been around for centuries. The style evokes the feeling of no-fuss ...

15 Modern Ranch Style Homes with Massive Curb Appeal

Not your grandma’s ranch! With massive curb appeal, modern updates, and trending color palettes, you will love the modern ranch style homes on this list. We will walk you through what is a ranch style house, and also break down design options, features, and suggestions when upgrading your ranch style house. If you need help ...

12 Curb Appeal Tips from the brick&batten Pros in 2021

Whether you’re aware of it or not, your home’s exterior speaks to your community. It expresses your personality to your neighbors and can make a good first impression on potential buyers. Whether you’re wanting to stay in your current home until retirement or you’re prepping it to sell, making improvements can be as simple or ...

8 Front Yard Landscaping Ideas from the Experts at Tilly

This is a guest post from Tilly Design, a women-owned online landscape company that creates custom plans for your yard. What brick&batten does for your home exterior design, Tilly does for your landscaping. Each of our companies has a specialized area of expertise, with deep experience in our respective niches. However, we understand that our ...

12 Black Brick House Exteriors to Inspire You

These days, you’re likely seeing more and more homes with dark exteriors. Black exteriors, and black brick exteriors in particular, are becoming increasingly popular. Black, charcoal, and gray colors are rich and expressive. If you’re thinking of making this decision for your own home’s exterior, check out these 12 beautiful black brick houses for some ...

Our Review of Anonymous by Sherwin Williams

Sherwin Williams’ Anonymous is a sophisticated mid- to dark-toned neutral paint color that we’re loving for home exteriors. Anonymous is a complex color. While it’s tough to classify in some aspects, it is clearly a warm, earthy hue. And we think this is just the beginning of its popularity. Keep reading to learn more about ...

White House, Black Trim: A Combination We Love

A white house with black trim is an American classic. And when it comes to making this palette choice for your home, the possibilities are endless. These days, there’s no such thing as a singular black shade and one solitary white shade. Instead, there are boatloads of different blacks and whites that create a stylish, ...

Our Review of Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore

Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore is rapidly becoming one of our favorite neutral exterior paint colors. This elegant hue lends itself to a number of different design styles. Its flexibility is probably what makes it one of Benjamin Moore’s top paint colors! Pale Oak is a taupe/greige shade with a warm tone that makes for ...

15 Stunning Black Houses with Exteriors You’ll Adore

There’s a reason you’re seeing more and more homes with dark blue, gray, and black exteriors. With improvements in technology for exterior paint and finishing materials, homeowners can now choose bold, moody, and dark colors without fear of fading. Not sure if black is your style? Let’s dive into 15 stunning black houses with exteriors ...