All it takes to ruin the beauty of your home is one mismatched element. Consistency in aesthetics should always be prioritized when adding a new element to your home’s exterior. That’s why before making modifications, you need to assess how new additions fit into the broader design theme.
Take care not to commit any of the common design sins, including the following:
Different Window Styles
Mixing and matching design elements is a great way to put your own spin on a design trend, but, when it comes to windows, it’s best to stick to just one style and size. As certain window styles are more suited to particular architectural styles, using them on houses of a different style would make the exterior look sloppy.
Thin, Tall and Flimsy-looking Columns
Windows need consistency while columns need proportion. Tall and thin columns attached to a disproportionately larger home give off the impression that the support is flimsy. Columns not only need to provide support, but also make it seem like they’re capable of doing so.
Disproportionately Small Transom Windows
The same principle applies to transom windows: the size of the window has to be proportional to the front door above it. You should also consider doing away with this kind of window altogether as it’s quickly becoming dated.
Architectural Foam Moldings
Another design element you should avoid is architectural foam moldings. These are supposed to mimic the look and texture of stone and wood, but these imitations can never truly replace real stone or wood. For one thing, these moldings don’t age well, unlike weathered wood that only gets better as it gets older. As such, instead of using a material like faux wood siding, get genuine wood siding.
The proper installation of windows and siding is as important as their materials. Only hire qualified contractors to make modifications to your exterior.
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