Welcome to our second edition of "Ask the Designer"; where StreetSide Development's resident design expert Lisa Kaiser addresses all things related to creating the perfect look for your new home.
For this installment, we're talking to Lisa about exterior design trends, what's popular and how you can choose what's best suited to your personal style.
What is a "design trend"?
As you probably already know, a "trend" is what's considered popular and is generally influenced by what's going on in the world - everything from entertainment to politics. Design trends are no different. There are style groupings that have been curated by social influences and entire decades can be defined by their home furnishing and fashion trends.
What is a “design style”?
Just like choosing a new sweater or a pair of shoes, your style is determined by what you like. You're likely to naturally gravitate towards a design that speaks to you and makes you feel comfortable.
For example, people who like to keep things simple in their everyday life may prefer a more contemporary style whereas those who like to spend a lot of time outdoors might choose a craftsman look.
What are the most popular exterior styles?
Your home's exterior is also influenced by popular styles. For example, the two most popular styles right now are the Prairie and Craftsman styles.
Colours include earth tones, warm greys and blacks. Prairie design is meant to blend and be a part of the landscapes it is built in. Its salient characteristics include strong horizontal lines and natural interaction with its surroundings.
The word "Craftsman" is used commonly to describe any house expressing Arts and Crafts style ideals through its architecture, design, furniture, and decorative arts - especially in the popular and affordable middle-class bungalow. House plans for this style were published for purchase in catalogues as far back as 1901.
Another thing you'll see a lot of when it comes to new home exteriors are accentuated entrances, with entryway doors painted in dark or bold colours and muted, subdued overall house colours in tones favouring grey - ranging from almost black to creamy light greys. You'll also see a lot of low-maintenance textural additions including stone and brick accents (charcoal, red and brown) as well as shakes in natural cedar and grey washed tones.
If you're having a hard time deciding, curated collections take a lot of the guesswork out of visualizing your home's exterior. With colours, materials, and other finishes grouped together, you can use these to help pick and choose a cohesive style that speaks to you. Be sure to talk to an area manager to learn more.
A Little About Lisa...
Born and raised in Alberta, Lisa has lived most of her life in Calgary where she’s built a strong career as an interior designer. She’s well-travelled, having been all over the U.S. as well as Italy, Malta, England, France, Belgium and Eastern Canada.
A self-proclaimed zookeeper, Lisa and her husband have two young children and a few animal friends. For this reason, she likes to keep her personal design style practical and relaxed, using statement pieces to express her creativity and anchor a space. She also believes the kitchen is the heart of the home which is why she’s dedicated herself to over ten years of kitchen design.
From budget conscious to lavish high-end projects, Lisa has led thousands of kitchen, bath, bar, entertainment and great room ventures - making the extraordinary attainable through team and vendor collaboration.
If you're looking for a little more information on design trends, check out Lisa's previous post: Ask the Designer: What Are the Most Popular Interior Design Trends?