It may be hard to believe, but 2022 is just around the corner, and we’re already anticipating new trends for the new year, especially in home exteriors. From outdoor living and entertaining space ideas to lighting that’s more than functional and even the paint colors and texture options available, we’re sure you’ll find inspiration to carry into your home design in 2022.
Emphasizing Outdoor Living and Entertaining Spaces
Who doesn’t love an outdoor space built for leisure time or entertaining? We’ve seen an exponential increase in the number of homeowners looking to refresh their gardens, patios, decks, and other outdoor areas, and we don’t expect it to slow down anytime soon.
But, perhaps the latest trend is seamlessly connecting these outdoor spaces with interior rooms. If you’re looking for this indoor-outdoor flow, we have a few tips for you!
Creating a Seamless Indoor-Outdoor Living Area
Start by creating a large entryway. Don’t settle for a small door on a large wall. Work to minimize wall space. Large French doors and collapsible window walls are great options.
Next, think about how you’re decorating. You want the spaces to be an extension of each other. To achieve this, try using the same style of furniture, colors, patterns, and textures between the spaces. If your patio or deck is right off your living room or den, use the same color throw pillow throughout, include similarly colored couches, or even opt for the same decor. If your space is an extension of your kitchen, consider using an indoor-outdoor tile throughout. Or try adding a nice outdoor dining set that matches the theme of your kitchen.
To add to the indoor-outdoor flow, opt to partially cover your outdoor area. While this will provide shade from the sun and cover from rain, it also contributes to the unity of the space. Accomplish this by extending your roof to cover your patio, installing an awning, or even adding in a pergola.
Ultimately, these indoor-outdoor living spaces expand your home’s entertainment potential, rain or shine. Don’t forget plants, flowers, trees, and other landscaping features to contribute to the outdoor space. You could even add a fountain or pond as a focal point to soften lines and create a peaceful environment.
Exterior Lighting: Not Just for Practical Use
While exterior lighting is certainly important for ensuring Fido doesn’t have to go out in the dark at night, lighting can do so much more for your home. Step outside the mindset that your home can only have floodlights and a front porch sconce. Look for lighting to highlight features of your home and create an ambiance that can be felt from the street.
Highlighting Your Home's Features
Your home probably has a few unique features that may get lost in low light or just don’t catch the eye right away. Whether you want to illuminate a beautiful arch on your front porch or a few special landscaping elements, opting to highlight these can go a long way in increasing your home’s curb appeal.
Small spotlights strategically placed around your yard and home can be used to highlight these features. Many can even be camouflaged so they don’t detract from your home’s aesthetic during daylight hours. If you’re unsure about what to spotlight, talk with your home contractor for ideas on features you could highlight, and even the lighting color and hue options that would best compliment your home.
Creating Outdoor Ambiance
Lighting is so much more than a functional requirement - it impacts atmosphere. It would be hard to relax on the patio with a harsh floodlight shining down on you. Thankfully, there are a wide variety of lighting options - bulbs, hues, styles, etc. - to fit various needs.
Exterior lighting does not only mean traditional floodlights or outdoor light fixtures attached to your home. Exterior lighting can include a fireplace or fire pit, string lights hung over a pergola, lanterns with LED candles or even pavement lights to help illuminate the walk from your driveway to the patio. The good news is the majority of these options are easy to install and can be economically operated using batteries or solar power.
Giving Your Home Some Color and Texture
If you’re looking to give the entirety of your home an uplift, we suggest opting for a fresh paint job or even additional textures. Painting your home not only adds a fresh and clean feel, but also helps protect your home from damage. You can also try adding in a variety of textures to make your exterior more unique.
Paint Color Trends in 2022
One of the most common trends we expect to see in 2022 is natural hues of paint colors. Homeowners have already begun opting for varying shades of yellows, greens, whites, and browns. While these colors may seem traditional or boring at a glance, they can really accentuate your home while not causing it to look out of place.
Don’t forget, a large variety of shades fall within these colors. Instead of a buttercup yellow, try a mustard hue for a bit of warmth and richness. Or if you want to go green, opt for a darker shade to contrast against the grass. If you aren’t ready to commit to an entire home change, try changing the color of your front door or a section of your home’s exterior. These colors fall into the neutral category and will look inviting any time of the year.
Adding Natural Textures to Your Home
Another addition you can make to your home is the addition of natural textures. Wood and stone elements are the most common. Whether you add materials directly to your home or decide to add them as features in your landscape, they are sure to add a nice touch.
One of our favorite trends is a focus on wood in home accents. Decorative wood trim is a beautiful way to highlight your entrance awning or other architectural features of your home. These trims can help give your exterior a unique, geometric look. Another way wood is often used to add dimension to your home is with the addition of large home decks. Whether on the front or back of your home, or as a wrap-around, wooden decks can add charm and function while improving your home’s aesthetic.
For those looking to add stone to their home, consider adding partial stone accents along the bottom or up one wall. This adds natural texture and depth. If you’re looking for a stone addition that’s not as involved, a stone walkway or driveway can be a great addition. It guides traffic while offering a bit more charm than traditional concrete or asphalt.
With these added textures comes additional cost. While wood and stone features can be costly, there are lots of material options that mimic the look but are much more cost-effective. Check with your contractor to discuss options.
Finding the Right Contractor for the Job
Deciding to implement some of these trends in your home will require the help of a contractor or home construction company. If you are a new homeowner or just getting started on your exterior updates, it’s important to pick a contractor with experience in creating beautiful outdoor spaces and home exteriors.
At Tilghman Builders, we have over 35 years experience in creating dream homes. Our team of exterior experts can help you decide which materials are best suited for your project, along with recommendations for features you might not have considered. We would be more than happy to answer questions about your upcoming project and provide you with a free estimate. Connect with our team to get started!