While we often spend a lot of time thinking about the design of what’s inside of our homes, it’s equally important to think about the design of our homes’ exteriors. They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but let’s face the facts. When people visit your home, they immediately form judgments about it from what’s on the inside, before they’ve even crossed the threshold of the front door.
Needless to say, this is why you want to give your home as much curb appeal as possible. You want those who visit your home to have the right impression, even before they’ve seen what you’ve done on the inside! Plus, remember that the day may come when it’s time to sell your home. How it looks from the outside is going to be a big determiner of how much of a profit (or not) you can make when you’re selling.
With all of this in mind, we thought it would be fun to take a look at 20 homes that have a tremendous amount of curb appeal. Running the gamut in terms of architectural style, we’re willing to bet you’ll notice a few trends across all that dramatically increase the curb appeal of each.
There’s no doubt that this home is absolutely massive. But, note how the green color scheme with white accents helps to accentuate the home’s dimensions and lines.
Unique windows can really help to create an interesting visual appeal from the road. Check out how the plethora of square windows creating an exciting vibe for this contemporary home’s exterior.
You don’t want to just think about how a home’s exterior will look during the day; you want to think about how it will look at night, too!
Blending In Right
To have curb appeal, you have to pop out! But you also want to blend into your surroundings, too. Look at how well this Craftsman-style home does just that!
A Beautiful Driveway
While the home’s exterior is a big determiner of curb appeal, the materials that makeup your driveway and walkways are important for establishing curb appeal, too!
A Unique Walkway
If you love contemporary style, then you’ll love this home. But look at how much visual appeal is added by the wood walkway leading to the front door.
The Luxurious Cottage
Without breaking up the instantly-appealing cottage vibe of this home, the curved porch and windows add a wonderful luxury touch and loads of curb appeal.
Breaking Things Up
The square lines of this mid-sized home are pretty standard. But note how the curve above the doorway adds just the right amount of visual interest.
The Right Front Door
Sometimes, all you need is the right front door to make a home instantly inviting. The glass and wood blue front door of this home does just that!
In order to add a sense of modernity and luxury to this more traditional home, a contemporary-style walkway that leads to the front door has been installed.
Stone and Brick
People want a home that feels “solid”. Nothing creates this impression better than the combination of stone and brick.
The classic look of this colonial home is always going to have curb appeal. But the double brick walkways leading to the front door really set things off!
Cohesion of Color
Note how the gravel driveway for this coastal-style home is the perfect complement to the home exterior’s color scheme, vastly improving the curb appeal.
The Garage Door
If you have a garage that faces the road, then you’ll definitely want to select a garage door that makes a statement and that complements the home’s design.
If your home is going to feature shutters, then you’ve got to select the right color! Here, the burgundy red used on the shutters is absolutely spot on.
The Front Yard
No doubt, the design of this home’s exterior is fairly standard. But the well-maintained and beautiful landscaped front yard ups the curb appeal a ton!
You’ve got to love the ways in which this home combines a number of different elements to create a vibe that gives a certain chicness to its farmhouse styling.
Subtle Pop of Color
Shutters can also help to add a sense of spark to a home’s exterior design. Isn’t the blue of the shutters on this home absolutely wonderful?
Red Front Doors
It’s an old trick, but it’s one that still works. When you really want some pop and curb appeal for your home, a red front door (or doors) will really do the trick!
Framing with Height
With different rooflines at different heights, making the awning over the front door as high as it is really works for this home.
The lookout atop of this farmhouse style home is definitely something that attracts attention from the road.
The Right Walkway
The sweeping walkway lined with flowers in front of this home is the perfect way to invite the eye.
Simple Black Door
With so much going on elsewhere on this home’s exterior, the simple black front door is the perfect choice.
For this Victorian home’s exterior, note how the accent colors really accentuate the visual lines.
Tying to aspects of a home’s exterior together through the use of like materials can really be a smart move.
Contrasting with Brick
Brick can often feel too monolithic, which is why it’s great that this home exterior uses yellow to contrast.
How could you not feel at home after looking at this home’s beautiful front porch complete with rocking chairs?
The Front Door
It’s a subtle thing here, but note how the front door of this home totally completes that entire look. Wow!
This home’s exterior is pure mid-century, but check out how that blue front door adds some much-needed spark!
If you want to add a sense of luxuriousness to a home’s exterior, then tapered columns can do the trick.
The lovely garden like feel of this home’s exterior is truly rendered by that subtle stone walkway to the front door.
The wide front door of this beautiful ranch home is something that really captures your attention.
The Roof, The Roof!
You might not think much about your home’s roof, but when you do something like this, it can really complete an exterior design.
Old Time Charm
Those who want to go for an old-time look for there home’s exterior will find plenty of inspiration in this beautiful example.
There’s a lot of unique things going on here, all of which contribute to the massive curb appeal of this home.
Glass Front Door
There can be no denying that a glass and iron front door makes a real statement for any kind of home’s exterior.
The air of luxuriousness of this home is apparent as soon as you set eyes upon its beautiful brick walkway.
Never underestimate how important the numbers on the front of your house can be in terms of establishing the “mood” of the property.
There’s something about the frosted glass of this home’s exterior that recalls a beautiful greenhouse.
The Complete Look
In terms of getting a feel for how a whole look comes together, you’ll want to study this beautiful home’s exterior.