Outdoor spaces and exterior design have the potential to catch patrons’ eyes, and drive crowds inside stores, restaurants, or hotels. As with interior design, styles and opinions on visually compelling exteriors change. White, cream, and beige-colored exteriors are no longer in. Here are the trends that are making waves in 2014:
Bold Colors Schemes
Simply put, beige and white exteriors are boring. “In a world of master-planned, one-size-fits-all architectural schemes, exterior color can serve as a structure’s defining feature, bringing character and life to an otherwise blank canvas. The trend toward more varied exterior colors has become increasingly prevalent in the residential space. And commercial buildings, in an effort to stand out from the competition and be more appealing to customers, are quickly following suit, moving from monochromatic and white palettes to a rainbow of color infusion,” paint experts Dunn-Edwards reveals. Preferred shades vary. Trendy commercial exteriors range from “reds, golds and yellows” to “darker tones like coffee and sage greens.” Dunn-Edwards adds, “Merging traditional colors with cooler palettes, including icier greens, and contrasting colors overall is becoming ever more popular.”
Restaurants With a View
A growing number of designers are combining interior and exteriors, or creating rooftop restaurants and bars, for dining or lounging experiences with spectacular views. Most business owners choose whites or modern, silver or chromatic color schemes — to make the most of natural lighting.
High-Class, Vintage Accents
Designers are contrasting bold exterior colors with traditional vintage accents. Delicate outdoor hanging lighting fixtures, colonial outdoor lighting fixtures, antique lamp posts, vintage street clocks, and pedestal clocks, are all making a comeback. The traditional accents contrast nicely with burnt yellows and deep greens.
Capture interest before patrons step foot into your establishment. Choose bold color schemes for exteriors, and tone it down with classy, vintage accents, like antique lamp posts and outdoor hanging lighting fixtures.
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