When it comes to giving the exterior of your home a new look, you don't have to paint the whole house to get the job done. In fact, there are many simple options you can choose to create a stunning facade for your house. Here are some ideas to consider when planning to add a little extra curb appeal to your home.
1. Clean The Siding
Whether you choose to paint a little, a lot, or not at all, it's a good idea to do a quick clean of your siding. If you are planning to paint, this gives your painting contractor a fresh, smooth surface to use. Over time, your siding can begin looking dull and dingy due to dirt piling up. Cleaning the siding can reveal the brighter color you once knew. Remember to have the trim for windows and any fascia and soffit cleaned as well to give the whole home a cleaner, brighter appearance.
2. Choose Contrasting Trim
If you don't have the budget to paint the whole house, consider giving the trim along the roof, porches, and windows a fresh coat. A contrasting color can create a brand new look without doing a complete paint job. If your home is white, consider a rich blue or a bold red to make a unique style statement. Homes with light colors, such as tan or baby blue, can benefit from trim that is just a few shades darker than the rest of the home. If you have ornate trim around the porch or gables on the roof, work with your contractor to create a color palette of several hues to create a chic, upscale look.
3. Paint The Porch Columns
You can create a grand entrance to your home by painting your porch columns in a shade other than white. Choose light beige columns for a brown or tan house to create a rich look, or opt for slate gray to complement a white home. Depending on the shape of the columns, you can even choose two colors, with one lighter shade creating a frame around each side and a darker hue sitting at the center of each side of your columns.
4. Dress Up The Door
It's sometimes amazing how just a little bit of color can change the entire look of a home. Taking a white or wood-finished front door to a bold hue can make a huge impact statement. A dark gray or black door can add a dramatic look, while a deep red can add a hint of sophisticated style. Work with your contractor to choose a shade for the door for a perfect contrast to the rest of the home. If you have sidelights, you can paint them in a coordinating hue to add to the overall look of your home's front entrance.
You can use any or all of these ideas to give your home a refresh without doing a complete paint job. Work with a contractor like D B Osborne Company to decide which options are best for your house.