Creating mixed-texture exteriors involves the use of two or more materials with contrasting textures to create a pleasing combination. If you are planning on enhancing your home’s exterior, here are some tips and ideas on how to create a mixed-texture exterior.
Think Outside of the (Traditional vs. Modern) Box
Some exterior materials are associated with certain styles. For example, plank siding, wood shakes and asphalt shingle roofing are associated with “traditional” home styles while flat roofs, monolithic walls and angular shapes are considered “modern”. While using an “inside the box” approach lends fidelity and authenticity to the home design, it can limit your choices; you’d miss out on design possibilities afforded by mixing textures between styles.
Texture Is More Than Just Tactile
Texture is more associated with the sense of touch: the rough surfaces of brick, the smooth and rounded textures of stone, and the flowing lines of wood grain. However, these examples also have unique visual textures that shouldn’t be ignored when combining different materials. Manufactured materials can create visual contrast as much as the aforementioned natural materials do.
Another example is asphalt shingles: while most have the same sandpaper-like tactile texture, variations in cut and granule color provide a wider selection of visual textures that work with other exterior elements. This is one of the reasons why you should explore the available asphalt shingle options before committing to your selection.
Thoroughly Research Available Options
To achieve a good mixed-exterior design, you’ll need more time to research available materials and compare them before making your final selection. The good news is that you have many resources at your disposal in addition to the internet and design publications. You can ask for samples from manufacturers or contractors, visit showrooms or use applications that let you virtually install exterior components like cladding and roofing. You can also work with design professionals and your contractor’s design consultants.
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