They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, and maybe that’s true… However, this same principle doesn’t really apply to homes. A house’s exterior says a lot about the people who own it, as well as about the design of the home that lies just beyond the front door.
Contrary to what some might think, truly solid interior home design begins on the exterior. You want a home that’s beautiful to look at from the road so that your guests can become even more impressed once they see the design of the inside. (Plus, that curb appeal is going to come in handy should the day ever come when you want to sell!)
On the list that follows, we’ve collected 25 stunning examples of home exteriors. From homes that feature classic styling and even those that feature a cottage like vibe, to homes that are decidedly contemporary as contemporary can get, there’s a tremendous diversity of home exteriors here.
While the looks and styles may be diverse, though, one thing is consistent: All of these home exteriors are beautifully and elegantly designed. If you want to have a home that looks great from the road, then you’ve got to see these exteriors!
The beautiful shingle stones add a wonderful coastal flair to this home featuring wonderful Craftsman lines and design.
The A-frame style of the front of this home is perfectly accentuated by the beautiful balcony over the front door.
The contrasting dark grey and white facades on the front of this contemporary Los Angeles home help to accentuate the dimensions and depth of the exterior.
This wonderful cottage-style home has a beautiful exterior that’s perfectly complemented by the beautiful wooden front door.
The light green of this home’s exterior is the perfect complement to the stone on the lower levels, creating a sense of brightness that’s simply infectious.
The wonderful wrap-around porch on this tiny house gives the home a sense of size that it otherwise wouldn’t have.
In a temperate climate, you can’t deny that having a dining room like this, which can completely open up to the outside, would be a wonderful thing to have.
Wood and Concrete
With a contemporary home exterior, adding wood accents can be a wonderful way of keeping things from becoming to ‘institutional’.
With a stone façade that features a row of French doors on the bottom level, this home has a sense of luxury that’s hard to beat.
For a contemporary home with a matching exterior, big plate windows can really make a statement in terms of curb appeal.
Walkway to Front
Fans of contemporary design with love the way that the front walkway of this home perfectly suggests the exterior beyond.
The darker exterior around the big picture window around the front of this house instantly draws the eye toward the interior.
Even though this home may be diminutive in terms of size, there’s no denying that its cottage-like exterior is tall in gorgeousness.
Another way to add personality to a contemporary exterior (which is often square) is to incorporate subtle sweeps and curves.
Inside / Outside
The giant circular arrangement of windows on the top of this home’s roof adds visual interest to the exterior and tremendous brightness to the interior foyer.
The use of plants both around the exterior and actually on top of it give this home a wonderfully charming vibe and an inviting look.
The simple stone exterior of this home is completed with the archway that perfectly frames the front door.
Blue and Red Wood
The red stain of the wood used on the garage doors and rails of this home’s exterior pops amazingly against the light blue paint.
This home’s gabled roofs and design choices are going to be a dream for anyone who loves Craftsman styling.
This home gives a contemporary spin to Craftsman styling, really driving the point home with the contrast between the stone and the deep blue.
You’ve got to love the creativity of this contemporary home’s front door, which continues on to the front floor-to-ceiling window.
New England Styling
The black shutters around the windows of this luxurious home’s exterior give the home a decidedly New England vibe.
Forget the grand stairway in the foyer, because this home has a grand stairway on its beautiful exterior.
While it won’t work for most homes, you have to respect the choice of a bright-green front door for this small contemporary.
The big stuff is always important for a home’s exterior, but check out the small details (particularly on the roof) that totally make the look of this smaller home.
Sweeping wood beams beneath the eaves help to add a high degree of visual interest to this traditional home exterior.
In warmer climates, you might wish to inflect your traditional home exterior design with some Mediterranean flair.
Nothing adds the traditional aesthetic to home’s exterior quite like beautiful designed shutters.
The columns that help to frame in the front porch of this home really contribute to the traditional vibe.
Hang that Flag
Another simple touch that can really accentuate things is including a hanging flag by the front door.
The unique exterior of this home proves that being original doesn’t mean you can opt for a traditional aesthetic.
The giant picture window in this home’s exterior is something that adds a unique touch to its traditional styling.
There’s just something about the look of a home that features Craftsman styling that’s simply irresistible.
In order to draw out the features that comprise your traditional home exterior design, you’ll want to place your lights intelligently.
That use of a pergola above the front door is definitely a smart choice for this traditional home exterior.
White and Stone
Something that always screams traditional for a home’s exterior is the combination of natural stone and white paint.
This home exterior is proof positive that sometimes all you need is a simple design scheme to get the traditional look you’re after.
When you want to add some brightness to your traditional home exterior, yellow like this can always do the trick.
Front Door Pizzazz
Another way to really add some visual spark to a traditional home exterior is to pick an eye-popping color for the front door.
You’ve definitely got to love the gorgeous balconies that peak out over this home’s traditional exterior.
Even today, there’s something that’s always appealing about a home with a beautiful brick exterior.
The gorgeous landscaping here really helps to accentuate the traditional design of the home’s exterior.
As always, Victorian styling is something that can really accentuate the beauty of your home’s exterior design.
You’ve got to love the way that this traditional home exterior combines the wood tone with that light green.
Dutch It Up
Another way that you can get the traditional exterior look that you’re after is to pursue the Dutch aesthetic.
The ample picture windows of this home’s second floor are the perfect complement to the well lit and beautiful patios below.
Flanked by cacti, the walkway that leads to this stunning luxury home lets you know what you’re in for.
Check out how the design of the walkway leading to this contemporary home continues up the façade.
Although you will be sacrificing a degree of privacy, having large windows will increase the natural light within your home and make the exterior more visually interesting.
The elegant landscaping along the front walkway completes the aesthetic of this contemporary luxury home.
The brick walls of the first floor add some great color to this luxury home’s exterior design.
One simply has to have the utmost admiration for the beautiful stonework of this home’s luxurious exterior.
The exterior of this luxury home is lent a high degree of drama by its effective use of lighting.
Bathing It In
The open exterior of this luxury home allows those inside the home to bath in the beauty of the natural environment without.
There’s a lot to love about the exterior of this luxury home, especially its deft use of powder blue accents here and there.
Flanked by two tall trees, the walkway to this luxury home forms one hell of a grand entranceway.
With the square shapes of contemporary design, lights are necessary to create visual appeal for the home at night.
Beautiful stonework and woodwork come together to give this home’s luxury exterior a rustic vibe.
Circles and Lines
The exterior of this luxury home deftly blends curving lines into its predominantly angular look.
The imposing brick chimney adds a lot of flair to the exterior of this luxury home.
Brick and Stone
You’ve just got to love the way that brick and stone come together on this home’s luxury exterior.
The curved out areas of this luxury home’s façade are perfectly framed by arches overhead.
Yellow and orange stones make the exterior of this luxury home quite charming to look at.
There’s a lot to love about this luxury home exterior, especially the balcony that sits over the front door.
Here, the garage doors that have been selected for this luxury home really complete the look.
With a generous walkway leading up to the front door, this luxury home exterior is extremely inviting.
By using curved tops on the majority of the windows, the exterior of this luxury home manages to accentuate its height.
With grant canopies overhead featuring deep red wood, this home’s exterior has grandiosity in spades.
Those who have an appreciation for Craftsman style will find a lot to like about this home’s exterior.
If you’re a fan of colonial homes, then the exterior of this home will give you a level of luxury you can aspire toward.
While you might not normally think of ivy green for your home’s exterior, check out how well it works with the brick.
The red shutters and front door add a lot of pop to this home’s exterior look.
A colorful paint job like the one you see here can really add some visual interest to a Victorian home.
The use of orange on the exterior of this contemporary home really accentuates the architectural design.
In warmer climates, a peach color like this home uses can really add some charm to your home’s exterior.
A red door is the perfect complement to the greyish blue paint with white accents on this home.
You just have to love the brightness of this yellow front door against the cheery blue exterior.
The burnt orange accents used on this home’s exterior add a wonderful sense of dimension to the design.
The dark wood of the deck on this coastal home works excellently against its deep green color.
A coral red home exterior like this will give your home a classic look, like a home that would’ve existed centuries ago.
A deep blue and white color scheme, just like you see with this home’s exterior, almost always works!
Check out how the yellow front door is mirrored by yellow highlights elsewhere in this blue home’s exterior.
The luscious purple of this home’s exterior works beautifully in the lush environment that surrounds it.
Dare To Be Different
There’s a lot to like about the unique red paint job of this small, contemporary home.
Orange and Yellow
Orange and yellow, along with white highlights, come together beautifully for this stunning home exterior.
With wood and stone comprising the look of the first floor, this home gains its pop by the deep blue color of the second floor.
The bright green gradient of this home’s exterior creates an interesting visual effect.
Red is the icing on the cake for this home, which has stone creating interesting patterns along the exterior.
The antiqued green color of the roof on this home works beautifully with the red stone walls.
Whatever color or colors you select for your home’s exterior, make sure it’s one that will appeal to potential future buyers.
Playing With Height
Situated on a small lot, this home makes a bold display by playing with height and swooping lines. The effect is gorgeous!
A Grand Entrance
The white detailing on this home which features a dark exterior is exquisite. What really makes it work, though, is the grand entrance created around the front door.
The stone exterior of this home is patently luxurious. But what really makes this home exterior design work is the symmetrical styling.
An Incredible Fence
There’s a lot to love about the design of this home’s exterior, but the real standout is the beautiful fence in front, with shutters and French doors.
Natural and Contemporary
Here, the combination of natural wood with black accents framing the lines of the home creates a natural feel for this contemporary home exterior.
Breaking the Contemporary
Another way to add a sense of naturalness to a contemporary home exterior is to include unexpected lines, just as this home does.
What really makes the exterior of this luxury home standout is the way the archways in front frame the arched windows just beyond.
Gorgeous Colonial Feel
You’ve just got to love the gorgeous colonial styling of this brick home exterior, especially as its accentuated by the black shutters.
The lattice work that covers one side of this home exterior adds visual interest while at the same time offering shade inside of the home.
Incredible Victorian Styling
If you have a strong predilection for Victorian styling, then you’re sure to love the way this home’s exterior has been designed. Even more, you’re sure to appreciate the color choices!
Importance of Landscaping
When you want a home that looks grand, you need to pay attention to the landscaping. Check out how the landscaping choices here play into the grand design of the home.
The Covered Porch
Notice how the dark wood used above the doorway of this home’s covered porch adds a sense of regality to the entrance.
If you’re the kind of person that loves bold color choices, then you’re sure to appreciate the charming yellow used on this home’s exterior.
We’ve look at some luxurious and fancy homes, but you’ve just got to appreciate the simplicity and elegance of this home’s exterior, which features Craftsman styling.