Hamptons:Create the look with: Soft, weathered tones including white and pale grey. Coastal-inspired accents for trims, such as duck-egg blue and charcoal. Weatherboards. Timber fretwork and trims. Coastal-inspired features, such as porthole windows. Pretty greenery including magnolia trees, star jasmine and wisteria.
Traditional:Create the look with: Symmetry in terms of door and window placement. Understated features. Soft colours, such as light grey and white. Refined timbers and fretwork. Manicured gardens. You can add a traditional flavour to an existing home by placing identical planters on either side of the front door and installing traditional wall sconces on the exterior.
Designer: Create the look with: Considered design choices. Play with scale – this can be an effective way to achieve the sense of grandeur associated with a high-end home. Smart-home technology, such as smart door locks, automated lighting, awnings and audio systems. A large, statement front door and oversize windows. Sleek and seamless energy-saving features, such as solar roof panels that sit flush with the roofline. Careful attention to detail.
Designer:There are many ways to create a home with a designer aesthetic, and it’s a look that suits various architectural styles. But homes with a designer vibe will generally have a few things in common – they will feel fresh and fashion-forward, and feature premium finishes. They will often also integrate the latest smart-home technology. These are high-end homes that deliver contemporary good looks, functionality and energy efficiency.
Contemporary:This is an appealing look for those who love clean lines and a cutting-edge feel. Simplicity is the key to making an ultra-contemporary aesthetic work – but don’t confuse it with boring. Think interesting textural and material mixes, and intriguing plays of shadow and light. The look should feel calm, contemporary and visually arresting. Keep detailing to a minimum – for example, consider a zero-threshold front door. And be sure to leave plenty of breathing space on and around your exterior for the eye to rest.
Coastal: Create the look with: Neutral tones. Plenty of white with nautical-inspired accent colours, such as navy or sea green. Blackbutt and spotted gum. Curves and organic lines. Touches of aged or weathered metallics, such as bronze. A smooth connection to decks and outdoor spaces via bi-fold or french doors.
Coastal: This style is quite easy to achieve and the result can make a home look fresh, calm and balanced. Designing a coastal exterior is as much about creating a lifestyle as it is about aesthetics. For this reason, don’t just think about the look you want to create, but also how you want to live in your home. For example, add in plenty of usable outdoor ‘rooms’ or spaces for entertaining and relaxing, and large windows that draw in the light.