15. Sweet welcome. Deep blue siding, white trim and a red brick path create an inviting facade for this Texas home, while warm yellow light inside provides a cozy vibe. Neat hedge work and fencing add to the charm.
14. Wintry fortress. The pointed peaks of this Minnesota home evoke the protected feel of a castle, but the wide brick driveway seems far more inviting than a moat. This mighty exterior looks built to withstand the harshest Midwestern storm.
13. Seattle weather. Gray and black fit the bill for this Seattle home, which backs up to the beach. A bright red door frame provides cheer on those drizzly days.
12. Bright and beachy. This home’s exterior looks designed to take advantage of the Southern California climate, with a living room wall that opens onto an outdoor dining area. White siding with blue trim keeps the mood a bit nautical.
11. Taste of Tuscany. Both the colors and shapes of this Arizona exterior recall the architecture of Tuscany. A lavish row of flowers borders the stone walkway, offering an aromatic gift as well as a visual one.
10. Warm contemporary. Earth tones, brick and glass combine to create a contemporary exterior that fits in well with the surrounding nature. The neutral color scheme and wood features work together to offer an organic feel.
9. Lakeside farmhouse. Classic white siding looks sharp with black shutters and window millwork. Flower buckets and shades for the screened-in porch add red accents. It’s easy to imagine sitting on the porch for a spell.
8. Snowy escape. This rustic cabin covered in snow looks like a cozy place to enjoy nature — by a warm fire indoors. Perhaps its tucked-into-the-snow placement contributed to its popularity.
7. Southern cottage. This 680-square-foot guest cottage and interior design studio captivated many Houzz readers this year. With its simple lines and small footprint, it seems like the ideal retreat for some creative contemplation.