If your home exterior is looking bland, it’s easy to spice it up by adding a pinch of new paint color. It’s a proven recipe to make even the plainest home much more interesting.
First things first: Take a good hard look at your entranceway. Not only is the front door typically visible from the street, it’s also where visitors first come face to face with your home.
If the appearance of your front door is wanting, think about painting it a color that contrasts sharply with the rest of the exterior. Dark green, deep red, even black, are all attractive choices. And dark shades are always more practical, since they help conceal smudges and fingerprints.
Painting the shutters is another great way to add style to an exterior. Shutters can be painted in the same color as the front door, or in a hue that is completely different. What’s important is that the shutter color nicely complement or contrast with the color of your siding.
If you’re undecided about the color choice for your shutters, simply mimic another home you find appealing. Drive around your community and look for homes with a siding color that is similar to yours. Then note the shutter colors you like and replicate one of them on your own home.
Next, if you’re lucky enough to have a home with special architectural features (like the “gingerbread” elements that are common on Victorian homes), by all means make the most of them. Giving these items their own color treatment will greatly enhance the appearance of your home’s exterior.
You can add even more pizzazz to your place by adding punch color on the periphery of your home. Try painting outdoor furniture in a fanciful hue; you can do the same by painting a wooden fence, or even a birdhouse or doghouse.
But don’t go overboard with punch color. Think of it merely as “bling” for your abode – little spots of color that add visual interest to your home.
If you need extra help with your exterior color choices, be sure check out the brochures at your local paint store or home center. These often contain beautiful color schemes using three, four, or five hues that work well together. Find a palette that contains a color similar to what you have on your siding, then choose secondary and accent colors from the same palette for your doors, shutters, and trim.
Remember, just as there’s no shame in sharing a recipe, neither is there any need to feel embarrassed about “copying” a paint color scheme, so draw on those pamphlets and brochures. When selecting exterior paint colors, too many cooks don’t spoil the broth . . . they can absolutely improve it!