Exterior Design Ideas

The front exterior of your home – the driveway, front yard, verandah and entrance – is a fantastic place to start making that all-important first impression on house guests. Even mailboxes and house numbers can have a wonderful way of grabbing people’s attention. The architectural design should reflect the overall style of your house and the family that live there; while your choice of materials will help your house blend in with its surrounds.

Browse the photos on Houzz for ideas and inspiration for the exterior of your house, and strike up a conversation with the architects and designers of your favourite picks. You’ll find house designs for contemporary, eclectic, modern, traditional styles and more.

How do I decide on the exterior style of my home?


Your location, overall sense of style, budget and current home layout will dictate the style of your exterior. If you’re renovating a period home, the materials and features you use should reflect the date in which it was built, while a unique colour scheme could add contemporary flair.

New homes may prefer to look to modern or contemporary designs with structural simplicity, whereas, if you live by the ocean, a beach-style design may better suit your locale. That’s not to say you can’t build a new home that has period influences. If you’re a traditionalist, you can borrow architectural details from the Art Deco period, for instance, or use finishes that reflect more of a Scandinavian style, too.

What exterior house colours and materials should I use?


Traditional homes typically use brick and timber building materials, while stone, board-formed concrete and metal cladding are popular contemporary options. Again, the materials you use will depend on your location and the statement you want to make. Your budget will also affect your choice. Vinyl siding is affordable and easy to install, while stone is more expensive but durable and low maintenance.

If you’re not ready to renovate but want to update the exterior of your home, you can still paint it. Look to your neighbours when choosing exterior house colours. Consider the streetscape and what type of colours are already in use, firstly, so you don’t replicate next door’s shade; and secondly, so you don’t stand out like a sore thumb. If you’re renovating a period home, you could paint features or intricate details in a bold, standout hue. Front doors, garage doors and window trims also look great in eye-catching colours, even if the rest of the house’s facade is neutral.

How can I maximise my home’s street appeal?


To spice up your home’s architectural design, landscape the surrounding area with plants and pathways that accent the style of your home. If you just need a quick revamp, look at your cement and pavers – these can split and crack over time; and repairing or replacing them can do wonders for your street appeal, especially if it’s a large area like your driveway. Plants, garden paths or low walls can can also add structure to your front yard.

Light up your home with sufficient outdoor lighting to make walking up to the front door easy at night. You could use bollard lights along your entry path, or replace tiny wall sconces with statement pendant lighting at the entrance or on your verandah. Decorative elements such as house numbers, mailboxes and doormats will also add character. And if you're looking to sell your house, it may be worth hiring a stylist to help make the most of your property.
Inspiration for a contemporary two-storey stucco exterior in Perth with a flat roof.

Inspiration for a contemporary two-storey stucco exterior in Perth with a flat roof.
Garage door and style - des_gorman

Inspiration for a small contemporary one-storey black exterior in Sydney with wood siding and a shed roof.

Thomas Kayser
Inspiration for a small contemporary one-storey black exterior in Sydney with wood siding and a shed roof.
30. Blend into the outback. Sydney, NSW - amyvdv123

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Design ideas for a contemporary exterior in Adelaide.

Design ideas for a contemporary exterior in Adelaide.

Inspiration for a beach style two-storey exterior in Wollongong with a gable roof.

Matt Darley-Bently
Inspiration for a beach style two-storey exterior in Wollongong with a gable roof.

Contemporary two-storey stucco white exterior in Melbourne with a flat roof.

Contemporary two-storey stucco white exterior in Melbourne with a flat roof.
Black n white house - lita_davismaloney

This is an example of a beach style white exterior in Perth.

O2V Mandurah
This is an example of a beach style white exterior in Perth.
Similar design to house grew up in - sharynmacpherson

Inspiration for a contemporary exterior in Sydney.

Inspiration for a contemporary exterior in Sydney.
Lattice at bottom of house - webuser_57030233096470

Large two-storey white exterior in Sydney with a flat roof.

Justin Alexander & Edward Birch
Large two-storey white exterior in Sydney with a flat roof.
Louvres - idea for west facing front - colleen_wilkinson47

This is an example of a contemporary beige exterior in Canberra - Queanbeyan.

This is an example of a contemporary beige exterior in Canberra - Queanbeyan.
love the roof line, vertical timber cladding. windows up top to let in more light - bec_mackenzie66

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Midcentury two-storey concrete white exterior in Sydney with a gable roof.

Pilcher Residential
Midcentury two-storey concrete white exterior in Sydney with a gable roof.

Photo of a contemporary two-storey grey exterior in Other with a shed roof.

Ann-Louise Buck
Photo of a contemporary two-storey grey exterior in Other with a shed roof.
Driveway - avarney

Inspiration for a traditional two-storey brick red exterior in Sydney with a gable roof.

Inspiration for a traditional two-storey brick red exterior in Sydney with a gable roof.

Design ideas for a contemporary split-level grey exterior in Brisbane with a flat roof.

Design ideas for a contemporary split-level grey exterior in Brisbane with a flat roof.
Combination of brick and weatherboard - ptipnis123

Photo of a contemporary grey exterior in Gold Coast - Tweed with three or more storeys and mixed siding.

Photo of a contemporary grey exterior in Gold Coast - Tweed with three or more storeys and mixed siding.
نما - parinaz_aminfar

Contemporary two-storey grey exterior in Perth.

Putragraphy
Contemporary two-storey grey exterior in Perth.
the screen on the outdoor space - dallas_christian

This is an example of a contemporary two-storey beige exterior in Sydney with mixed siding and a shed roof.

This is an example of a contemporary two-storey beige exterior in Sydney with mixed siding and a shed roof.
Amethyst Ocean Academy cabins - jess_flame

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Transitional one-storey exterior in Brisbane with mixed siding and a hip roof.

Transitional one-storey exterior in Brisbane with mixed siding and a hip roof.
i like the door - jemma_hipper

This is an example of an expansive arts and crafts one-storey exterior in Adelaide with mixed siding and a gable roof.

Leopard Lens Photography
This is an example of an expansive arts and crafts one-storey exterior in Adelaide with mixed siding and a gable roof.