Eight trends in modern home exteriors
The wrong cladding can distract from an otherwise perfect modern home exterior. AIA partner Nichiha offers strategies for meeting the latest trends with material, color, and texture.
A “modern” home generally conjures visions of rectilinear forms, clean lines, and large expanses of glass, among others. But like any style, time, tastes, and trends lead to a multitude of interpretations and ever-shifting visions.
Here are a few ways to maximize cladding materials, textures, and colors to meet some of the latest trends in modern exteriors.
Home siding trends are seeing a movement toward unexpected colors. Contrast is popular, such as choosing a high-contrast trim against darker siding for a more modern architectural style or dark window frames and trims against light or natural-colored siding.
As for shades of color, blues, deep grays, cobalt, natural wood, and charcoal are all popular, especially when paired with white accents. These colors create a gradient of shadows going from dark to light for a dramatic effect.
Eye-catching rooflines are also making a comeback. Luxury materials like cedar soffits and metal roofs are on the rise, but even asphalt shingles are being used in creative ways. Paired with contrasting siding to really make them pop, a roof can be the capstone statement on your custom home.
Extending the design
Another trend gaining momentum is using the same cladding on both the inside and outside of the structure. This home achieved stunning design continuity by using Nichiha EmpireBlock throughout the entire property instead of just on the outside.
The wider profiles made possible by fiber cement can give the home a cleaner, more geometric look. Paired with visually interesting windows and mixed materials, this style creates a minimalist, contemporary appearance.
Thicker boards also create deeper shadows between layers of siding for a more dramatic look. These shadows result in a more modern aesthetic than traditional siding profiles.
Creative textures and shapes
Trends are also moving toward different-shaped sidings to create additional visual interest from one area to the next. For example, the architect for this Smyrna, Georgia, home used Nichiha VintageWood fiber cement siding to highlight multi-story windows and modular corners, combined with ArchitecturalBlock panels to provide a neutral palette in the background.
Ultra-clean lines, glass walls, and open floor plans abound, but not usually without some warm touches from wood, greenery, and water. After all, most homeowners don’t want to feel like they’re living in a factory or office park. One way to achieve this is by combining concrete with wood-look siding accents.
Thicker fiber cement siding also means contractors can get more creative when laying boards out, in terms of both layout and design. Mitered corners, metal trims, and deeper reveals between panels lead to a different visual effect than with traditional masonry siding, making homes using these products truly unique.
Big impacts with accents
When it comes to current home siding trends, less is more. For this home, the designer used VintageWood for a single line of paneling just below the roofline. This accent draws the eye up, creating the illusion that this two-story home is even taller than it is.
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