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photo of a house facade with garden

The house facade makes the first impression. It’s no wonder homeowners dedicate so much time and effort in giving their properties a facelift. While you’re free to make any design decision, you’re not free from the consequences of such. For instance, that green-red color combination you’re eyeing may not hide the flaws of your yard, but draw attention to them further. This is where outdoor design rules come in handy.

The following rules will help you make a good impression:

1. Set your color palette

The color of your home’s exterior can make or break its visual appeal. The dilemma here is there are many shades to choose from and it’s so difficult to settle into one. The principle you need to remember here is the 60-30-10 rule. This means you will have a dominant color that will cover 60% of the exterior space, a secondary color on 30% of the space, and then an accent color on 10% of the space. For instance, you can choose gray as the dominant color to be used on your sidings and roofs, then white as the secondary color for the windows and doors, and black as the accent on the shutters and decorative metal fence panels. This is a top color palette choice for most modern home exteriors.

2. Strike a balance

Like with any design effort, balance matters. This instantly gives order to the outdoor space; therefore, increasing its visual appeal. One way to achieve balance is through symmetry. Sometimes, this is already a given, with front doors as the central axis and windows mirroring each other on each side. But you can take balance further by, say, placing two big plant containers on each side of the front door or having a flower bed on each side of the walkway. There’s also a way to achieve balance without mirroring the same elements. Asymmetrical balance can be achieved when you distribute elements with the same visual weight.

3. Choose different materials

The materials you’ll use in your home’s facade will make a great difference in its texture and the people’s perception. For instance, using steel will give a smooth texture and sophisticated feel to the exterior. Using wood can give off that warm, homey vibe. So, choose materials that match the feel and atmosphere you want to create. Of course, don’t forget about quality and durability. Remember that your facade is the first thing people will see. Play by the design rules to make a good, lasting impression and keep your outdoor area aesthetically pleasing.

Terohan Nula

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