Exterior Residential Cladding

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Exterior wall cladding design has evolved quite a lot over the past decade. Once upon a time, the brick was seen as a basic component to the building but more recently, it has become the designers colour palette for creativity. Exterior wall cladding can made from all kinds of materials but with so many options now available to architects, choosing the correct material for your next design project can be a challenge (albeit, a very fun one). In this post, we will explore 11 exterior wall cladding design ideas for you to consider on your next project.


We couldn’t write a blog post about exterior wall cladding design without mentioning classic Brick cladding. Great for houses and commercial buildings alike, the Brick is now available in more colours than ever. Here is one of my personal favourites from manufacturer Wienerberger. Foundry Mews, United Kingdom © Jack Hobhouse. Wood cladding has increased in popularity with specifiers in recent times as a great sustainable alternative to traditional materials.

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Wood cladding can give a home an instant style update. This practical, sustainable external finish is available in a wide variety of species, grades and profiles to suit your wall cladding design vision. The Cedar Club, United Kingdom.

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Image Source: Building Design Index, Manufacturer: Silva Timber. Metal cladding can be a great supplement to your wall cladding design providing that modern, industrial look and feel.

8. Metal Mesh cladding

It is also very useful for incorporating bold colours into the project. I particularly like this hybrid showing how metal cladding can work with traditional cladding materials like Timber.

2. Wood cladding

Image Source: CR Forma . Ceramic tiles have been used for wall cladding design since Ancient Egyptian times. In more recent times, terracotta rainscreen cladding and brick slip systems are popular choices for construction projects.

Ceramic rainscreen cladding systems are particularly good at protecting the structure of the building from the elements whilst having a nice finish.