A face is like the outside of a house, and most faces, like most homes, give us an idea of what we can expect to find inside. — Loretta Young

From flower boxes to shutters, lights to cupolas, red window frames and doors and so much more, the outside our homes offers an opportunity for dressing . Whether it’s for a backyard barbecue or a gala ball or something in between, we should use all those exterior design elements suitable to our home’s design to create something that attracts the exterior to everyday life.

Exteriors From Chad Robert

Just as cufflinks, a tie pin, and rings add sparkle and punch into a well-dressed person, a well-scaled light fixture, plants and brightly colored furniture may bring to life the exterior of a house.

Robert kiejdan

Window boxes planted with bright blossoms connect the house to the floor and add character and interest to even the simplest set of shapes.

Charlie & Co.. Design, Ltd

A window box full of bright red blossoms livens up all those neutrals.

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

Maintain shutters real, operable and a wonderful color. Don’t use shutters that are too little and permanently nailed open. Bring them by having them look as though they have been touched by human hands.

Bud Dietrich

Shutters and window boxes surround the windows together with shape, texture and color. Hang the walls with hinges to create shadow, space along with a genuine feel.

Narofsky Architecture + ways2design

Maintain the interior cooler during the hot summer months by installing a brise soleil to shade windows in sunlight.

Ana Williamson Architect

For a traditional aesthetic, put in a trellis to shade the windows and cut down on your energy intake while adding punch and enlivening the exterior.

Bud Dietrich, AIA

Use a bright color at the window frames to include — like lipstick — a bright and welcoming dash of color.

Add a cupola to declare where the entrance is and…

Andrew Nuzzi Architects, LLC

… beckon into the heavens.

Crisp Architects

Add a cupola that may be observed in the surrounding landscape and…

RTA Studio Residential Architects

… tell us from which direction the wind is blowing off.

Birdseye Design

Add a cupola to bring light…

Birdseye Design

… into a stairs or attic.

Elizabeth Dinkel

Utilize lighting fixtures that have the scale and ratio…


… to match the surrounding architecture…

Camber Construction

… along with the home’s style.

Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects

Install house numbers that are big and well-lit…

Laidlaw Schultz architects

… and, like a brooch, add some glow.

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