8 exterior house trends to save up for in 2022

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You may have noticed that new homes coming on the market are painted deep charcoal, or that wood accents are everywhere from window heads to porch steps. If you’re selling your home this year, updating the exterior can put more money in your pocket. And if you stay put, a refresh can increase your pride of ownership.

Whether you’re looking for inspiration or just want to know what’s hot, you’ll want to check out these exterior home trends for 2022:

  1. Dramatic, moody paint colors
  2. Natural wood
  3. Painted brick
  4. Structure
  5. Hardscaping
  6. Metal roofing
  7. Ambient outdoor lighting
  8. Large windows and window walls

1. Dramatic, moody paint colors


Dark is in: We see shades of charcoal, navy blue, olive and forest green for the whole house or as accent colours.

If you prefer something lighter but still trendy, apply one of these shades to your window moldings or gutters while using a creamy white or beige gray on the facade.

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2. Natural wood


You’ll find natural wood with gold and copper undertones on front doors, columns, garage doors and decks. You’ll also see it in planters, porch headers, and patio furniture.

These accents add a balancing warmth to a home’s exterior, especially against darker paint that could otherwise make your home look forbidding.

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3. Painted brick


Many people (and homeowners associations) feel as passionate about painting brick as they do about their favorite sports team. But we’re not here to take sides – just to tell you the trends.

Painted brick is in – specifically lighter tones of paint that allow darker colors to show through. And while some might say it’s blasphemy to smother historic red brick in masonry paint, you’re unlikely to catch flak to hide a cheap brick facade with a higher finish.

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4. Texture


Texture is a key component of a well-designed home exterior. Painted brick is one way to add that dimension. Here are several others:

  • Shiplap: This wood has long added dimension to walls and ceilings indoors. Now we see it as exterior siding that runs vertically.
  • Shakes or Shingles: Not just for roofs, these rectangular pieces of split or sawn wood (or an engineered look-alike, such as polymer or vinyl) can add interest to gables.
  • Manufactured stone: This material is still a popular choice for customizing a basic home. Lighter colored stones contrast cleanly against dark paint.

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5. Hardscaping


Speaking of rock, let’s talk about hardscaping. This low-maintenance landscaping uses concrete and stone instead of grass and is especially practical in drought-prone areas of the American West.

Of course, hardscaping does not mean removing all plant life. In conjunction with trees and native plants suitable for your climate, it is a good foundation for driveways and outdoor living spaces. Stone-and-cobblestone walkways are especially popular right now.

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6. Metal roofing


Metal roofing can last decades longer than asphalt shingles and can be made from recycled materials. It is an increasingly popular choice among sustainability-oriented homeowners. In addition, they are more durable and able to withstand the effects of harsh weather.

Metal roofing comes in numerous colors and styles, and can also reduce energy costs by reflecting the sun. That said, it can also be an expensive choice, depending on the type of metal you choose.

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7. Ambient outdoor lighting


Outdoor lighting that adds style, not just function, may be one of the most underutilized exterior design techniques.

Farmhouse-style exterior fixtures continue to be a popular way to light garages and porches. However, you can achieve a much more luxurious look by placing different styles and intensities of lighting and installing them in less obvious places both above and below eye level.

Here are a few options:

  • A lamp to highlight your house numbers
  • A gas fireplace and string lights for backyard entertaining
  • Built-in lighting under the eaves (soffit light)
  • Pole lights in the front garden
  • Style lights along the front walkway

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8. Large windows and window walls


Today’s energy-efficient and noise-reducing window design means fewer trade-offs in comfort and quietness. So if you’ve been thinking about replacing your windows, consider going big. Large windows invite more natural light into the room, making it feel more spacious and putting you more in touch with the outdoors.

This is especially true of window walls, which are just what they sound like: a series of floor-to-ceiling windows placed right next to each other. Incorporate a folding or movable glass wall system (or more budget-friendly sliding glass doors) for a remarkably seamless indoor-outdoor living space.

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Incorporating even one of these exterior trends can make a big difference in the look of your home, but sometimes you may need to do more than one to create a cohesive look.

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Amy Fontinelle

Amy Fontinelle

Amy Fontinelle is a mortgage and credit card authority and contributor to Credible. Her work has appeared in Forbes Advisor, The Motley Fool, Investopedia, International Business Times, MassMutual and more.

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