There are plenty of reasons to work on your home’s curb appeal whether you’re thinking of listing it for sale or simply updating your family home. While many architectural designs naturally lend themselves to certain looks, a flat front home can be uniquely challenging to style.
At Window World Twin Cities, our knowledgeable home exterior pros offer a wide range of replacement window options and siding styles for your Twin Cities home. In this blog post, we’re sharing some of our top ideas for transforming flat front homes with exterior remodeling updates. To see how these ideas look on your home, stop by our online Design Center today!
Working With a Flat Front Home
Many flat front home designs have unique and distinctive architectural designs. But without the right design TLC, these lovely looks can end up looking devoid of character and charm.
Common types of homes with a flat front:
● English Colonial
● Contemporary A-Frame
Homes with roomy front porches and plenty of dimensional architectural features can be easy to dress up. But when done correctly, flat front home redesigns can be just as lovely and welcoming. The key is to use texture, accessories, and color to create dimension and transform the featureless, plain look of a flat front home into a home with that “wow” factor.
Using Color Pops to Make a Statement
One of the easiest ways to make a big curb appeal splash is with carefully-placed bold color designs. Well-planned pops of color break up the monotony of a monochromatic flat front and create instant interest and dimension.
Check out these great ways to use color:
1. Use a contrasting trim color.
Home exterior design has come a long way over the past few decades. In the past, it was fairly standard to see complementary trim and siding without much contrast. But design experts have learned that contrast is a powerful tool when it comes to creating dimension and depth, especially when viewed from the street.
It’s always a good idea to consult with a design expert who can use the color wheel to guide you when you’re making a dramatic choice. But you can’t go wrong with a contrasting neutral or a dramatic shade in the same color family as your base color.
One of the most popular contemporary trim designs is to paint the base of a home in a monochromatic white or pale neutral and then use black or dark trim to frame the windows. The inverted version of this look uses white trim against a dark primary siding color.
2. Add shutters.
Window shutters are an often-overlooked detail that can easily transform the exterior look of a flat front home. When choosing a siding and trim palette for a flat front home, choose a primary color, a trim color, and an accent color. For your accent color, use the contrasting color idea to add shutters that add character, dimension, and texture while drawing attention to your windows.
3. Replace your front door.
Front doors should ideally be the focal point of a home’s curb appeal. When the front of your home is one big block of the same color, everything sort of blends together monotonously. However, a standout front door draws attention to itself, directing visitors to the entrance of your home. This also prevents your garage door from becoming the dominant feature of your home’s exterior.
Today, contrasting and bold statement doors are becoming one of the most popular front exterior looks for all types of architectural designs. When juxtaposed against a neutral facade, bold reds, blues, or yellows can be absolutely stunning.
Add Texture With Siding
Color isn’t the only way to break up the monotony of a flat-front facade. Mixing siding in different textures creates new focal points without drawing focus away from other features like your front door. Adding board and batten siding against your primary siding design or using both vertical and horizontal siding is a beautiful but subtle way to create contrasting texture.
Once you’ve chosen the perfect siding and window design, it’s time to focus on the little details that bring your home’s facade to life. Spend some time on design websites to get inspired front porch decor ideas. One of the most charming ways to liven up a front entrance is to add plants on both sides.
You should also avoid using too many horizontal lines in your landscaping, which can emphasize the flat, geometric quality of your home’s exterior. Instead, use a variety of colorful foliage and interesting shapes to infuse your landscape with a natural flow. Layer different heights of trees, shrubs, border flowers, and ground cover for a more textured visual design. Finally, use details like layered lighting, seating, or even a portico to complete the look.
Call for Twin Cities New Siding Accent Options
Are you ready to transform your home’s exterior with beautiful new siding accent options and replacement window designs? Connect with a Window World Twin Cities replacement siding specialist at 651.770.5570 or contact us online to get your free home improvement quote. You’ll love what we can do for your home!
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