Decorating isn’t just for the interior of your home. The decor of the exterior of your home is just as important, if not more important, as the interior.

The exterior is the first thing visitors see. And as the old saying goes, “it’s all in the details.” In this case, those details are the architectural embelishments.

The architectural details added to your home’s exterior will significantly boost its curb appeal and create a unique look for your home and, and in many cases, more than adding landscape features.

The options for adding personal style to your home’s exterior extend far beyond just repainting. The following are just a few of the many architectural details you can add to your home to give it personality and distinction:

  • Pergolas
  • Window trim
  • Door trim
  • Arbors
  • Columns
  • Trim boards
  • Exterior moulding
  • Shutters
decorative posts for outside sitting area
foam stucco columns


When deciding on what architectural features to add to your home’s exterior, answer the following questions:

  • What function do the features serve?
  • How are the features designed to work, in terms of form and architectural style?
  • How will they work together with the other exterior features on your home?

Architectural details should be used with a fair amount of restraint. Going overboard with embellishments can overwhelm your house. Add just enough architectural details to give your home character and define its style.