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12 Exterior Home Trends You Can Forget About

Make sure your house isn't committing one of these exterior home trends on the way out

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Slim House Columns

First impressions are important, so you want to make the exterior of your home as attractive as possible. Slim house columns make a house look dated. And beefing up your skinny posts is a great way to improve the curb appeal of your house instantly! It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to sell or just want to give your home’s exterior a fresh look, this update is worth it. Check out these 16 ways to add curb appeal for less than $50.

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Roof Shingles That Have “Dimension”


If you have a solid color siding on the exterior of your home, then a patchy asphalt roof is perfectly fine and might be more interesting than a solid-colored roof. However, if you have a multi-colored brick or stone design on the exterior of your home, a patchy looking asphalt roof will not be ideal. This exterior home trend will clash with your fastened elements rather than relate to them nicely.

Here’s how to pressure wash your driveway and give your curb appeal a boost:

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Choose One Color For Your House Over Many


Just because you have more than one siding material on your house doesn’t mean that each one needs to be painted a different color. Rather, stick to colors that are in the same color family and are only a couple of shade steps from your main siding color. This will give your exterior home design longevity.

These small, inexpensive improvements to your yard and home’s exterior add up to a dramatic upgrade for your home. So check out these quick DIY projects that add instant curb appeal to your home.

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Glass Blocks


In the past, glass blocks were used to let light shine into a shower or bathroom area without having to sacrificing privacy. Now these glass blocks come off as dated. This is because newer homes and recently renovated homes use creative glass designs or a skylight to offer privacy instead. Plus, learn how to wash your windows the fastest way with crystal-clear, streak-free results.

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Cheap Patio Furniture


Cheap patio furniture was and is not the best option for decorating your outdoor space. It ages fast, and you will more than likely replace it often. This is ultimately bad for the pocketbook, so it’s best when possible to spend a little more for higher quality patio furniture. Or upgrade your patio with DIY furniture. That may seem daunting, but we’ll show you the way with plans for each piece. Check out these 15 awesome plans for DIY patio furniture.

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Chevron Prints


This print fad was on everything from clothing to textiles, and was the top selling design for the past few years. But the ship has sailed for this pattern. So when choosing a new print or color for your throw pillows and area rugs, avoid the familiar grey and white zigzag in favor of a traditional print, subtle pattern or notable hue, as a simpler pattern will more than likely stand the test of time.

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Brass Fixtures


This metal can certainly bring a shiny appeal to your home, but resist the overkill as it is a fad from the ’90s. Instead, shoot for oil-rubbed bronze fixtures on your front door and porch. An inviting front door will improve your home’s curb appeal, whether you’re ready to sell or planning to stay. If you’re thinking about changing the look of your home’s front entrance — maybe with paint or a whole new door — here are 15 stunning front doors to inspire you.

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Overdone Iron


Iron is a quality material that will certainly age well and stand the test of time. However, an opulent design in an iron railing will become outdated. So skip the overstated look all together and opt for a simple, timeless design instead.

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Too Much Gray

There is no arguing about the fact that gray is a great neutral color for a base design. However, decorating with too much gray is drab. So add a couple of pops of color in your exterior home design. This can be as simple as a bright front door or beautifully landscaped flowers. To make the exterior of your home as beautiful and welcoming as possible, follow these simple guidelines for adding curb appeal to your home.

Plus, interior home trends come and go and before you know it, what you thought was stylish now just looks tacky and dated. Here are interior home trends that make your home look dated and how to fix them.

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Steeply-Pitched Hipped Roofs


A lot of the steeply-pitched hipped roofs are common on McMansions, which we’ll get to later, and countless other golf course club houses. The size of the roofs take away from the rest of the exterior of the house. Make sure you’re keeping an eye on your roof so you can spot the 7 common roof problems and know what to do about them.

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Strictly Brick

Brick is still popular for exteriors but some homes are beginning to incorporate a blend of siding sizes to create texture into the facade. Check out what’s trending for home colors so that exterior really adds to your curb appeal.

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McMansions

The McMansion is pretty low-hanging fruit, but it remains one of the worst home exterior designs because of the mishmash of styles in an attempt to convey wealth. But beware: From the ashes of the McMansion rises the McModern, an equally troubling trend. You might be able to spot a few McMansions in the most expensive homes in each state.