The face of your home, the façade, is generated by a mix of colours, materials and textures and sets the scene for your interior selections to follow. Henley shares the top five facades and their features, with some how-to tips in creating a beautiful street presence.
Look for your favourite façade features
When you’re driving down a street and you’re looking for an address, you might just miss the finer details of what makes the home beautiful from the outside.
To create your ideal façade, it’s important to find the right balance of style and impact.
“Be on the lookout for images online or get inspiration from classic drive-bys and start handpicking the looks you love so you have some insights into your style before you’re making selections,” says Henley Design Showroom colour design consultant Cassandra Lynch.
Pay attention to the materials used, bricks, render, timber or steel, and also take into account the texture of the materials, and colours.
Selecting the perfect colour scheme is often a balancing act and, with facades, the formula can be a matter of less is best. Grey, black, brick and Colorbond cladding are some of the most popular façade inclusions, as well as James Harding Fibre Cement sheets, with texture and timber also featuring as highlights.
“At Henley, facades are created using a mix of materials to create a home which is as appealing as it is personal. The Henley Design team will guide you through the suite of colours and materials on offer to create the ideal look you are striving for,” says Cassandra.
“Monochromatic colour schemes using a combination of dark grey bricks and contrasting white/light grey renders and matte finish Colorbond roof in either Monument or Surfmist and Aluminum black windows are the colour combinations which people are currently loving.
“On the opposite end, we also have the neutral colour scheme that is becoming increasingly popular. Consider using much lighter creamier/beige bricks and complementing them with white and grey renders and light natural stained timber accents.”
Top tips in façade selection
- Choose a façade to complement the area your house is being built. For example, choose a neutral coastal façade such as the Eastport or Peninsular façade if building near the beach. Use cement cladding over natural timbers if you live coastal as the salty sea air will ruin any timber and will be a pain to maintain in the long term.
- Take inspiration from your design style. If you are drawn to more traditional or Victorian style furniture with antique furniture, perhaps go for a more traditional façade with decorative mouldings like the Marquess Façade. However, if you love modern architecture, straight lines and monochromatic colours, choose a modern façade like the Eclipse.
- If building in a new estate, always check the developers design guidelines before falling in love with any specific colours or finishes.
The features of the most-loved Henley facades
- The Dakota façade is defined by a choice of Colorbond steel roof, with a combination of latte-coloured inspired materials including brick and render.
- The Eclipse/Broadway/Elle façade celebrate a mix of off whites, beiges and chocolates, creating a modern and timeless look, complemented by large windows.
- The Avenue façade is as opulent as it is beautiful. With the stunning Colorbond roof and a mix of cladding, warm timbers and cream render, this façade has a home in the top three.
- The Impressions façade boasts warm timbers, coupled with a light render and contemporary brick work.
- The Eastport façades takes inspiration from the US’s Hampton’s regions with its stunning relaxed feel, complete with modern angles and refreshing coastal hues of whites and greys.
Where and how to get inspired
To finetune your preferred colour and feature selections, Henley has a very handy visualiser tool that will make the selection process a whole lot easier. At Henley Design, the experts there can walk you through the options in the exterior courtyard and help you with your final design.