Exterior design is one of the most creative fields of work that requires the most elegant touch. In order to grow your business in today’s age, you’re going to have to create an online presence to showcase your work – build your portfolio. Luckily, you’ve made the right choice (choosing WordPress as your CMS) and come to the right place to look for themes!
We’ve put together a list of some of the most interesting exterior design WordPress themes and templates that you can use to showcase your or your agency’s work. Let’s get started.
CROFTS is a multipurpose, fully responsive WordPress theme with retina ready display, coupled with the drag-and-drop Visual Composer plugin. This theme is specifically built for architectural design purposes such as interior and exterior portfolios.
This theme also has multiple portfolio layouts, including (a) multiple column view – with the ability to choose from a 2, 3, 4 or 5 column view; and (b) three different single portfolio layouts.
2. Exterior Design
This theme comes with a full-width slider which draws attention to the header images used in the website. It’s a perfect way to showcase your best work and win over the customer before he’s had a chance to reconsider.
The theme comes with Google Fonts integration, demo content, 80+ shortcodes and is also WPML compatible which means you can break free of regional and linguistic barriers and translate your website into multiple languages. The theme also has a built in audio and video player and comes with 4 custom post types including Our Team, Portfolio, Services and Testimonials.
Finally, the theme is powered by the TemplateMonster’s Cherry Framework which enables you to you customize multiple aspects of the theme, including typography options, sidebar position, page layouts, image slider settings and more.
Artcore is a clean and responsive WordPress theme featuring a bold and modern design, making it suitable for creative agencies, interior and exterior design and architecture websites. The theme also has a dedicated admin panel option for easy project management. It is powered by a lightweight page builder plugin and comes with three homepage layouts. Personally, I think Artcore is one of the best options if you need a WordPress theme specific to exterior design.
With the vivid greenery portrayed in this theme’s landing page, I think it would be a great fit for designing exteriors with a lot of open landscape – gardens, your front porch, backyard lawns, etc. The theme has a full-screen image and video background and fly-out menu to give it an elegant look. From a technical standpoint, this theme has lazy loading enabled for images, which would save you some bandwidth as well! This theme is also based on the Cherry Framework which gives you unlimited customization options and regular updates to remain compatible with the latest revision of WordPress.
Fun fact – the name of the theme (I think) is borrowed from Henri Matisse who was a renowned French painter and sculptor and a leading figure of fauvism.
The theme gives you host of customization options with 4 menu arrangements (default, static, right side and full screen), 12 page layout templates, 6 portfolio grids, a featured works slider, 4 custom widgets, 2 portfolio types and a unique case study and slider presentation.
Demo content is included, so that with a few clicks you can replicate the exact theme that you saw in the demo at ThemeForest, before purchasing it! 😉
The theme also has Google Fonts integration, is translation ready based on the insanely powerful Bootstrap 3 framework. It comes with a powerful option panel with customizable header and footer settings, light and dark theme skin and a one-click brand colour selector!
6. Exterior Design Mastery
The Exterior Design Mastery theme is a fully responsive, retina ready WordPress theme which comes loaded with features. Powered by the Cherry framework, this theme has a built-in theme customizer and custom typography options thanks to the Google Font integration, filterable portfolio parallax scrolling effect and advanced sliders using the TM Nivo Slider plugin. The theme also supports audio and video player integration.
The Architecture theme was originally released 3 years ago in December of 2012. Today is one of the most popular themes in Themeforest, with over 2,400 sales! The theme comes with a powerful admin panel with drag-and-drop page builder and slider manager, localization support, unlimited colour options (coupled with a live colour changer), built-in shortcodes, pricing tables and Google Fonts integration. Besides these customization options, the theme also supports 5 custom post types, 6 footer layouts, and a font, logo and background uploader.
8. Exterior Design Bureau
The final theme in our list, the Bureau Exterior Design WordPress theme is powered by the Cherry Framework developed by TemplateMonster. The theme is built on the all-powerful Bootstrap 3 framework and boasts of vivid colours giving it a refreshing feeling of greenery. Besides this, the theme has parallax scrolling enabled, has in-built support for font icons and Google Fonts.
The admin panel gives multiple theme layout and column options, auto-upgrade capabilities, and other advanced customization options. As a bonus feature, the theme has a dedicated module for online chat, so you can interact with your customers (who, when you’re offline can leave you offline messages), thereby improving your site’s user experience.
I had a difficult time searching for exterior design templates online – most of them were outdated or had a very common design. You’ll notice half the themes from this list are from TemplateMonster. I’d like to point out certain things about this marketplace.
TemplateMonster provide good customer support – including installation and configuration of the purchased theme (of course, at a price). The payment button on the sidebar enlists a couple of “add-ons” with an advertised high discount rate.
I would recommend not purchasing those add-ons
Most of them are plugins that you won’t be using. To make matters worse, these “must-have” plugins could slow down your WordPress website if not entirely cause a theme-plugin conflict. Always make sure to purchase your hosting provider separately, without involvement of a third party (in this case, TemplateMonster).
These are some of the pitfalls you need to be aware of. We have plenty of tutorials available here at WPExplorer, wherein you can learn what you need to do.