While trends by definition tend to stay relevant for around 10 to 15 years, new trends are introduced each year that can help you make the most out of your home’s staying power. This includes your home’s exterior design, which is so important to both value and curb appeal.
If you’ve been contemplating an exterior makeover in the coming months, make sure to pay attention to what the top trends are predicted to be for 2020. Doing so will help ensure that your home’s exterior stays fresh and on trend for longer than simply following what the crowd has done for the last several years.
Exterior Home Trends for 2020
These seven exterior home trends for 2020 are sure to enhance any architectural style, elevating your curb appeal and your home’s wow factor at the same time.
1. Dark Colors
Dark colors have been exploding in popularity of late. While a dark accent or trim has long been popular, and dark colors have had a long standing in the south, fully dark exteriors are becoming popular across the nation. This trend is perfect for any style of home, because there are so many shades to choose from.
Stay on trend in several ways by opting for a deep charcoal color, or make the move to a bolder tone like a deep burgundy red. There’s no wrong way to go with this trend, so find a shade that complements your exterior to make the most of it.
2. Bringing the Inside Out
Exterior living areas have also been growing in popularity for the last few years, and are set to really explode in 2020. It’s not enough any more to have an open air patio or yard, today’s homes also have an innovative deck or porch that enhances the curb appeal of the property, as well as the use of the space.
This means decks that include things like hot tubs or fire pits, as well as gazebos for shade or built in bench seating. The more attributes that can be included in the deck to make it more of an outdoor living area, and not just an extension of your yard, the better. Outdoor kitchens, bars, and fireplaces also top the lists of things people most want to see brought to the exterior.
3. Dark on Dark
Another hot trend for 2020 ties in well with the first; dark on dark color palettes for the exterior. While a dark home with light trim has been the more conservative approach for homeowners looking to go dark, the more contemporary look involves coordinating both dark siding and trim.
This can take on many different looks depending on the color chosen. A natural, dark wood tone can have a more rustic appearance that highlights the architecture, while a dark grey with dark grey trim can have a much more somber and modern effect on the home. Any dark on dark siding and trim is sure to be a big hit in the coming months.
4. Floor to Ceiling Glass
Windows have always been a key component of a home design, both for the exterior and the interior. In 2020, expect to see windows and sliding doors take on new dimensions. Floor to ceiling windows and doors are becoming increasingly popular, especially sliding plate glass doors that can open up an entire wall to the outdoor living space, making the home more functional as well as more attractive and filled with light.
5. Many Shades of Grey
For the last several years, grey has been the hottest “neutral” color in home design. For both interiors and exteriors, grey has been the champion shade. This trend is expected to continue into 2020, as many homeowners have begun leaping on the grey bandwagon.
Look for new shades that vere away from the brown/grey blend known as “griege” and that move closer to deep, charcoal hues as well as shades that are nearly black in color. The deeper the grey, the greater the appeal for 2020.
6. Durable, High Quality Materials
Regardless of what area of your exterior you want to update in 2020, one of the most important trends is the incorporation of high quality materials into the design. Homeowners want lower maintenance materials that are going to last, and that will increase the efficiency and function of the home.
This includes using materials like fiber cement siding on the exterior facade. It doesn’t it's both fire and insect resistant. It’s also very low maintenance, lasting for years without needing any touch ups or repainting. Paired with the right insulation, it can also help to create that tight building envelope that’s so desirable for keeping energy bills low.
7. Black as an Accent
Along with the extreme popularity of grey and darker colors in general, black has been making a push for the next hottest accent color for home exteriors. This includes not only traditional accent areas, such as the shutters or the front door, but also in more contemporary areas, such as an accent wall, large sections of the siding, or as trim.
Black is being seen as the new grey, and the way that it’s beginning to make its way into exterior design is interesting to see. More people that want a bolder, more eye catching facade are introducing black into the overall color scheme.
Follow the Trends for 2020 and Beyond
Trends are a good predictor of what people want to see in a property, and updating to the very latest trend helps ensure that your home has the most staying power, as well as a better value. If your home exterior needs a makeover, consider incorporating any of these trends for 2020 into your design, to help cash in now and in the future. Whether it’s a cosmetic update or something more serious, these trends are designed to help you get the most out of your home and your curb appeal.