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2017 Exterior Trends: An Early Look Ahead

Several companies have recently come out with their colors for 2017 – so what trends are we already seeing?

Architecture: Nationally recognized designer, home improvement, gardening and decorating expert Vicki Payne said she sees a few trends in home design and architecture.

“Contemporary design trends are dominating both the interior and exterior of homes. As a result, moldings with traditional curved profiles have been replaced with flat smooth surface trim boards. Designers and architects are achieving dimension by stacking layers upon layers of these flat molding boards. Columns are moving from round to square. Brackets have abandoned their curvatures for more angular profiles.”

Style: Craftsman-style homes, made popular in the early 1900s, have made a present day comeback. After topping popularity lists in 2016, the Craftsman has not shown signs of slipping from 2017 lists.

Color: Sherwin-Williams chose Poised Taupe as it’s 2017 Color of the Year. This color has been described as an earthy neutral that will complement a variety of home styles. Its versatility allows Poised Taupe to be easily paired with several different accent colors.

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“Poised Taupe celebrates everything people love about cool gray as a neutral, and also brings in the warmth of brown, taking a color to an entirely new level,” said Sue Wadden, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams. “Not cool or warm, nor gray or brown, Poised Taupe is a weathered, woodsy neutral bringing a sense of coziness that people are seeking.”

Lifestyle: Over the past 10 years, outdoor living has expanded in popularity. What first began with decks, patios and outdoor grills has grown to include outdoor kitchens and fully furnished outdoor rooms. Outdoor living is a trend expected to continue into 2017.