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9 Exterior Home Trends You Can Forget About

These exterior design trends made a splash in the past, but that's where they should stay. When updating your home's exterior, be sure to avoid these nine out-of-date ideas.

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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.

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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 shade steps away 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 10 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. Additionally, cheap patio furniture does not have longevity, and you will more than likely have to replace it often. This is ultimately bad for the pocketbook, so it is best, when possible, to buy patio furniture that is of a higher quality. So upgrade your patio with DIY furniture. It may seem daunting to try to build your own furniture 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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Over Done 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 pops of color in your exterior home design. This can be as simple as adding some color to your homes exterior through fun throw pillows, a bright front door or beautifully landscaped flowers. And, if you want 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 12 interior home trends that make your home look dated and how to fix them.