15 Exterior Design Trends for 2019

15 Exterior Design Trends for 2019

With 2019 well underway and springtime approaching, many of us are thinking about the exterior

With 2019 well underway and springtime approaching, many of us are thinking about the exterior home projects we can start when the weather warms up. Whether you’re the DIY type or looking to bring in the experts for a major exterior remodel, we’ve got plenty of inspiration in these 15 exterior design trends for 2019.


Painted Brick

Painted brick is certainly nothing new; you can find it on modern homes and historic homes alike. But we’ve seen a growing trend in homeowners electing to cover traditional red brick with a fresh coat of paint with the results feeling both timeless and totally fresh. We love the way white paint transformed this mid-1980s red colonial from Young House Love to a stunning and stately home that looks like it has been around for centuries.

Modern Farmhouse

The modern farmhouse is a trend that shows no signs of slowing down in 2019. This classic architectural style gets its modern vibe with the help of a dark-hued metal roof over the porch and industrial fixtures against a crisp white backdrop.

Black Is the New Black

For those who aren’t afraid to make a bold statement, all black home exteriors are a 2019 home color trend that is only growing in popularity. Black homes started filling Pinterest feeds and Instagram over the past couple of years and trend forecasts predict we’ll see this color choice continue to rise.

Smart Lights

When we think about smart home technology, we often think about technology for the interior of the home. But with exterior smart lights, you can light up pathways with solar energy and provide additional safety and security with motion-sensor floodlights.

Siding With a Twist

Some things never go out of style. And traditional siding done in a modern, durable and sustainable way using materials, like steel, help to protect your home without compromising beauty (or landing you in hot water with your neighborhood homeowner’s association).

Sustainability and Durability

Speaking of durable materials, in 2019 we’ll continue to see high-quality, durable and sustainable materials , as well as preservation techniques like shou sugi ban, incorporated in home design. Over the years, many homeowners have seen the long-term cost savings of investing in the best materials for their projects and the positive environmental impact is the icing on the cake.

Should we include some examples? The whole section is about sustainability and durability but we don’t give examples of any products

I would suggest no products, as we don’t call out any product names specifically in the other sections. We link to a rollex article on environmentally safe exteriors, which should be enough. However, if you feel a product link would make this section stronger, I’m happy to add it in.


Bold Color

Home exteriors aren’t the only places where big bold colors will be big in 2019, interiors and gardens are going bright as well. Expect bright florals, wildflowers of all shades and large leafy plants to be incorporated into gardens.

Raised Garden Beds

Easy to build and even easier to maintain, raised garden beds offer the perfect opportunity to expand your green thumb. Use them for flowers, shrubs, herbs and veggies without worrying about ruining your lawn or pesky animals that want to eat your hard work.

Kitchen Garden

If you are thinking about growing veggies or herbs, consider a dual-function kitchen garden like the one shown here. A vertical kitchen garden full of fresh herbs is both beautiful and useful, serving as a backyard herbal apothecary while adding visual style to the exterior of your home.

Potted Plants

Potted plants help keep things contained and can bring life to an urban outdoor space lacking in natural greenery. For 2019, keep an eye out for sleek, modern container designs that elevate this decorative trend.

Low-Maintenance Gardening

Perhaps the biggest gardening trend we are seeing for 2019 is all about simplicity. Consider automated watering systems, installing garden paths and mulch to help combat weeds, or even investing in a robotic lawnmower. Wanting to enjoy the beauty of a garden without feeling overwhelmed by the upkeep makes low-maintenance gardening a big exterior design trend for 2019.

Spa-Like Landscaping

The wellness industry has grown and expanded into nearly every facet of our lives, and exterior design is no exception. In 2019, we can expect to see elements of self-care being incorporated into landscaping trends in the form of serene water features, rock gardens and comfortable seating perfect for meditative contemplation.


Pretty Pergolas

The pergola is having a moment right now. Its classic shape and effortless aesthetic provide relief from the sun during warmer months without creating a full barrier to the outdoors. Whether built as a free-standing structure or as an extension of a deck or patio, the pergola provides ample opportunity to incorporate your own unique style to this timeless exterior structure.

Sheds: Not Just for Storage

“She Sheds” and “Man Caves” aren’t going anywhere in 2019. In fact, more and more homeowners are taking the humble garden shed and turning them into amazing spaces for home offices, game rooms and more. We love the way these homeowners created a dedicated arts and crafts space with their shed.

Luxurious Outdoor Living Spaces

In 2019, we can expect the lines between indoor living and outdoor living to blur. Expect to see a rise in high-quality, super comfortable outdoor furniture, along with luxurious details like fire pits, state of the art outdoor kitchens and big screen televisions being incorporated into outdoor living spaces.

For more inspiration, check out our post featuring 32 ways to help you beautify your home’s exterior. If you want to update your home’s exterior using steel siding, contact us to get started.

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