How to Nail Curb Appeal in 2024, According to 11 Designers
Would you paint your house dusty lavender?
Published Nov 29, 2023 1:45 AM
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What does 2024 have in store? In Design Psychic, our community of editors, experts, and tastemakers predicts the trends coming soon to a house near you.
This year, we were introduced to an entirely new kind of space: the outdoor living room. And, yes, it is exactly what it sounds like: patios with bar carts and rainproof artwork; shade sails that cover poufy pink couches; firepits in the front yard. Still, along the way, we haven’t wanted to turn nature into something it isn’t. We’ve seen designers using less concrete and more pollinator-friendly plants. This love of—no, need for—fresh air is something that won’t be fading anytime soon. To get a better idea of what outdoor living and curb appeal will look like in the new year, we asked 11 designers to predict which materials, paint colors, and more will make it big on the block.
A Touch of Romance
Italian gardens! Sculptural bushes! We went so far into this “natural” landscape, but I’m very happy to see some more romantic, structured shrubs popping up in the world. —Sally Breer, Sally Breer World
I’ve been drawn to tonal paint schemes on exteriors, verdigris metal lighting, and landscaping that is less structured and more overgrown with vines and personality. —Zoe Feldman, Zoe Feldman Design
Unforgettable Front Doors
Doors with personality are in, and the styles vary from dramatic pivot doors to colorful front doors. Regardless of style, builders and homeowners are more thoughtful of the front door and opt for impactful styles that set the tone of the interior of the house. —Delia Kenza, Delia Kenza Interiors
Love a colorful front door! I think it’s a nice way to provide a hint of a whimsical interior. It’s a tease of what’s to come. —Britt Zunino, Studio DB
Striped fabric awnings are so chic and provide so much curb appeal. I find myself constantly inspired by Italy and the beautiful awnings you see there in bright yellow, white, and various other colors. They sing with happiness. When paired with a fantastic entry door in a stunning color and lovely plants, you have the perfect combination. —Sara Story, Sara Story Design
Details That Stand Out
When considering curb appeal, I tell our clients with This Old Hudson that it’s crucial to keep a year-round perspective. Exterior elements such as wall sconces; distinctive, bold, and historically inspired door colors; unique copper gutters or metal roofs; an outdoor bistro (like the French-inspired Zio and Sons x Industry West collection!); or the incorporation of a bespoke mailbox can enhance a property’s aesthetic and value no matter what time of year. —Anthony D’Argenzio, Zio and Sons
Honestly, I’m a fan of bold shades for home exteriors. I love a pop of color, and while green is my go-to for everything, I also like when clients choose to go all in and do something wild. Recently I designed a house in Todos Santos, Mexico, and we painted it a dusty warm lavender—divine! —Faith Blakeney, Faith Blakeney Studio
A Curvy Welcoming
I am loving contrasting window colors and rounded elements like oval windows and curved entries. —Molly Kidd, Light and Dwell
We have been experimenting with warmer colors on clay roofs, vintage doors and hardware that add a unique yet timeless presence, olive trees, and dustier colored landscaping to complement the home rather than compete with it. —Amanda Leigh and Taylor Hahn, House of Rolison
I don’t think dark exteriors with dark trim are going anywhere next year, but I do see a move away from black and dark gray options into darker greens that almost look black depending on the light. —Kirsten Blazek, A 1000 x Better