Top 10 Exterior Home Design Trends You Must Know for 2021

Top 10 Exterior Home Design Trends You Must Know for 2021

Heading into a new year, our taste in home design is getting a little refresh, too. Whether it’s a new way of living in our spaces or bright ideas for a visual refresh, these exterior home design trends are at the forefront of 2021. Read on for ways to incorporate these trends into your own design.

The virtual exterior design team at brick&batten is on top of the trends that will make your house stand out from the crowd. Simply send in snapshots of your home, indicate your preferences, and let our team develop a completely personalized home exterior design plan.

#1 Embracing Friluftsliv

No, it’s not a typo! Friluftsliv is the Danish concept of “open-air living.” Friluftsliv involves spending time in the fresh air, no matter the season. Think of it as the new hygge. In 2020, the coronavirus made gathering indoors dangerous. Meanwhile, more people looked to socialize outdoors. Homeowners are picking up on the trend by incorporating more dedicated outdoor gathering spaces.

For example, look for investments in comfortable, yet stylish ,patio furniture, drink ledges for balcony railings and fire pits to be all the rage this year.

#2 Blurring the Line Between Indoors and Outdoors

As we all embraced outdoor living during the pandemic, people started to enjoy spending time in nature. This coming year, homeowners are taking it a step further by bringing the outdoors in. These spaces blur the line between the two.

Most importantly, large picture windows, sliding glass doors, and outdoor living spaces that seamlessly transition into indoor rooms are picking up in popularity.

#3 Eco-friendly Upgrades

As eco-friendliness becomes an emphasis again, industry experts are expecting more interest in environmentally conscious home improvements. Solar panels, rain barrels, eco-friendly materials and passive housing principles will be top-of-mind as homeowners tackle new projects.


#4 One House, Many Spaces

This year, families are moving together under one roof, and people continue to work and learn from home. Spacious homes with separate living quarters are becoming a priority. The key to making this work is to seamlessly integrate the spaces into one uninterrupted facade. Additional external structures like tiny houses, guest houses and converted standalone garages will also continue to be utilized.

#5 High-Contrast Color Palettes

This year is the time to go big or go home. Colors are vibrant and impactful, and home exterior paint is no exception. Pantone’s color of the year is an energizing one-two punch of electric yellow and soothing gray. Embrace a little attitude with small punches of color on places like trim, doors and accessories.

#6 Earthy Tones Are Back

While grays, whites, and dark neutral tones will still be on-trend in 2021, we’re starting to see brown, earthy tones come back into style. Look for taupe, beige, terra cotta and other warm shades of brown. Fortunately, updated colors in more sandy, sophisticated hues keep this look from being dated. The warmth of this palette also gives a very natural look.

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#7 Shake It, Baby

Along with the larger embrace of outdoor living, shake siding is seeing a resurgence. This shingle-style siding has a weathered, natural wood look that immediately warms up the look of a home. Add layers of texture and visual interest with shake siding. To match the worn-in tone, stick to colors that are equally soft and lived-in. For instance, try sand, light gray, soft sea green or pale blue paint.

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#8 Metal Roofing

This ultra-durable material has been cropping up on modern farmhouses for a few years. In 2021 it will gain popularity in multiple housing styles. Transitional and modern housing is starting to embrace the smooth lines and long lifespan of this material.

#9 It’s All About Transitional

Transitional style is the latest trend in exterior design. This hybrid design is a “transition” between traditional and modern. Think of it as borrowing the classic, timeless elements of traditional design with the clean sensibilities of the modern aesthetic. In the same vein, look for neutral color schemes with dark accents, minimalism, mix-and-match materials and symmetry.

#10 Creating Combos

For that truly unique-to-you feeling, give a mix-and-match approach a try. For example, borrow elements from various design styles — as transitionalism does. Or you can contrast natural elements like wood and stone with stark industrial metal accents to give your home life.

Whether you’re looking to completely overhaul your exterior or just need some pointers for your next spruce up, the virtual exterior designers at brick&batten can incorporate the latest design trends into your own custom exterior mock-up. We’ll give you everything you need to take 2021 by storm.