Blog Stories Shop Talk, Vol. 13: Small Exterior Design Features that Make a Big Impact

Shop Talk, Vol. 13: Small Exterior Design Features that Make a Big Impact

By Aryne + Dulcinea, March 3, 2020

With 2020 well underway, we’re taking note of how major design trends are transitioning into the new decade. As avid design enthusiasts and real estate mavens, we understand the impact that fast-changing trends in exterior design features can have in the housing market. Fortunately, there are simple and cost efficient ways to maintain a modern look. To do so, we recommend our clients focus on the following design details.



A house’s front door has a major influence over the overall effect of the home. While the early part of the decade favored bold color choices, trends have shift toward more traditional color palettes and natural materials. You can still make your front door a focal point by adding features such as windows, iron, or Dutch functionality.

Switching out your front door is an excellent way to freshen up the appearance of your home without spending a significant chunk of change on new paint or a landscaping project.


When working with our clients, we often refer to the “golden trio” of exterior design features – lights, house numbers and mailbox. We often remind our clients that these minor details have a significant culminative impact. If you’re looking to modernize the appearance of your home, start with these small features.

In terms of trendiness, we’ve noticed a growing number of homes using modern, sans serif font options for their home address. We’ve also spotted a growing number of homes pairing steel numbers to contrast with natural elements, such as natural wood.

In terms of lighting, homeowners are quickly flocking to environmental options, choosing to swap outdoor lighting fixtures for solar-powered options.

By revamping these small, focal features in your homes’ exterior, you can give your home a fresh new look. What are some recent trends in exterior design features have you’ve been spotting in 2020?


Aryne + Dulcinea

Earth Advantage Principal Broker | Earth Advantage Broker | ADU Specialists | OR


Aryne + Dulcinea are full-service, high-producing agents, who understand how to navigate the unique challenges facing the Portland real estate market. The secret to their success is in their professionalism and complementary skill sets. In 2012, Aryne + Dulcinea saw an opportunity to combine their creative and technical wisdom to create a values-driven, full-service agency unlike any other. Expert negotiators and project management mavens with a strong background in creative marketing, Aryne + Dulcinea serve as fierce advocates for their clients. Their passion for real estate relates closely to their commitment to the Portland way of life, which entails a dedication to sustainability and appreciation for all things local. As Earth Advantage Brokers and ADU Certified Specialists, Aryne + Dulcinea are savvy in all aspects of alternative living practices—from versatile housing additions, green building practices, and revenue-generating strategies. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, Aryne & Dulcinea will work in collaboration to guide you in investing in your future and reaching you real estate goals.

Aryne greets working with clients throughout Portland with open arms. Licensed since 2005, she appreciates the ever shifting desires her clients have as they move through their real estate goals. Investigative genius on her side, Aryne will strive to bring you the results you desire.  When not working for you, Aryne is a constant cheerleader for her son and daughter’s pursuits on the basketball court and on the ballet stage! She practices yoga, hikes, loves to walk and explore Portland neighborhoods, reads, and delights in soaking up everything Portland has to offer! 

Dulcinea thrives on working with clients with a range of real estate goals.  Oregon born, with a design and an award-winning professional background, Dulcinea is steadfast when it comes to working for her clients and has a keen eye for properties that best serve client objectives. Licensed since 2013, Dulcinea works in and around Portland.  A mother of two and wife to her high school sweetie—in her free time she stays busy with her family, travel, community activism, exploring the outdoors, curating art shows, and dreaming big!

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