How to Enhance Your Home’s Exterior With Color
If your home’s exterior is looking a little drab, try one or more of these ideas to give it a color boost. Not only will you bring new life to your home, but also crank up the curb appeal.
Roll On Some Paint
Giving your home’s exterior a fresh coat of paint is among the most cost-effective solutions for updating its appearance. As you decide on a color palette, be sure to take architectural style into account. Ornate Victorian homes, for example, can take up to four or five different hues, but Colonial designs can only handle two or three. Also take into consideration the colors surrounding your home that are not changeable, like the roof, any stonework, and other neighboring homes.
Matching Lighting and Hardware
Amp up your home’s sophistication by choosing the same color or finish for exterior elements like porch lights, house numbers, mailboxes, entrance hardware and doorknockers. Each piece contributes to your exterior’s character and by coordinating them, the effect is even stronger.
Add Color to Your Home Siding
Nowadays it’s a snap to find siding in a color that will complement the exterior of your home. At one time vinyl siding was only available in a small number of neutral hues, but today’s market provides color choices that are practically limitless.
Create an Inviting Entrance
When it comes to injecting a splash of bold color, the front door is a natural place to start. Not only can it boost curb appeal, but home value as well. If you’re looking to add color, seek out ready-to-paint exterior doors and go with a high-quality acrylic latex paint. Additionally, decorative glass inserts for doors can add color and coordinate with many types of home styles.
No matter if they’re working or just decorative, shutters accent your home with color and can bring a historic feel to a Colonial or Federal home. Shutters made from high-density PVC, fiberglass, or composite wood materials (offering the wood look without the rotting, splitting or cracking) are all easy to maintain.
Stain Existing Concrete
Everything in your front yard, from the street up to your front door, makes an impact on curb appeal. Staining concrete is an easy solution for turning a once dull sidewalk, patio or driveway into something stunning that looks like stone, leather or wood. Stains that are acid based can be found in earth-tone colors, like brown, tan, terra-cotta, and light blue-green, while those that are water based have a more extensive color palette.
Consider Stone Accents
Real stone features natural colors that can give a boost to any style of home. Even easier is adding stone veneer, which is a lightweight alternative to real stone.
Contemplate a Roof Color
Although not the sexiest solution, adding color to your roof is practical and can make a significant impact on the overall look of your home. To achieve a cohesive appearance, pick a shade that is in the same color family as your home’s siding or exterior paint, or opt for a color that echoes tones in the brick or mortar.