We're all about updating up the inside of our house with beautiful paints, finishes and furniture to keep it looking modern, but we often forget about tending to our home's exterior. The master of DIY, Cherie Barber, shares the exterior home trends proving popular with style-conscious Aussies.
From creating a more authentic aesthetic using a curated combination of natural materials to incorporating modernist mid-century elements into your home's exterior, Taubmans' DIY and renovation expert Cherie knows how to keep a home looking on trend, inside and out.
"With so many Australians watching and loving renovation TV shows, as a nation, we've become more knowledgeable and adventurous with our tastes," Cherie says.
Ahead of the series premiere of Love It Or List It Australia, we uncover Cherie's guide to Australia's top exterior home trends.
Back to basics
"A big trend right now is keeping the outside of your home simple and natural, by using earthy, organic finishes of timber," Cherie says.
Rather than using heavy, dark oils and stains to treat the timber, we're opting for the unpretentious look and feel of raw timber, achieved with only a very light oil or colour.
This back-to-basics trend can be seen in decking and exterior cladding, but also follows through to furniture. Timber furniture against timber decks and walls can be broken up with different fabrics and colours on the seats and back of chairs and cushions.
If you do opt to jump on board this timber trend, Cherie advises these products will require yearly maintenance.
Exterior claddings are moving away from being made up of just one style of finish or cladding and towards a palette of mixed materials, including new with old.
"We're combining textures - like timber weatherboards, steel and red brick - to create layers and contrasts between soft and hard materials," says Cherie. "That’s what gives your home design dimension and creates that 'wow' factor we lust after on TV."
Mirroring the trend of mid-century interiors, modernist-style homes are also shaping exterior design.
"Skillion roofs - which were hugely popular during the '50s and '60s - are making a big comeback," Cherie says.
Neutrals continue to be popular on our home's exteriors.
"Australians love the coastal look, keeping the colours on the lighter side with lots of white, beige and stone," Cherie says. "On the other end of the colour spectrum, charcoal grey exteriors with reverse white windows are a trend we're seeing a lot of."
Cherie suggests anyone opting for a more neutral colour palette for the bulk of their exterior should inject some personality with a super colourful front door.
"It’s great to do a fun front door because it’s such a small visual mass and cheap to fix," says Cherie. "Be adventurous with your front door! You can re-do it in a weekend if you change your mind."
If you do opt for that bright front door, Cherie suggests choosing matte over gloss paint, to keep your home looking more modern.
If your front door attracts a lot of sunlight, Cherie's hot tip is to not paint your door a dark colour, because the door will absorb a lot of heat and expand, causing it to stick in the frame.
Focus on planting
While a freshly-mowed lawn used to be the great Aussie dream, planting schemes are becoming a much bigger focal point in our backyards.
Australian renovators with a little more money to spend are looking at incorporating sculptural planting into their front gardens, to create a big statement at the entrance.
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