It’s easy to get caught up in the idea that a home has to be flashy or have an over-the-top exterior to make a good impression. But the truth is, sometimes the simplest things can make the most significant impact. Case in point: color.
A fresh coat of paint (or even just a few strategically placed accents) can totally transform the look and feel of your home’s exterior. And the best part is, it’s a relatively easy and inexpensive way to give your property a little pick-me-up.
Not sure where to start? Here are a few simple ways to infuse the outside of your home with color.
Use Landscape Lighting
When it comes to colorful exterior home lighting, there are endless possibilities. You can use LED outdoor landscape lighting to create a stunning display. Uplights and downlights cast different colored lights around your property. If there’s a cool feature on your property, such as a rare or exotic tree, you can use feature lights to highlight it with a complimentary color.
A second landscape lighting option is programming your lights with smart outdoor lighting to add a touch of excitement. You can change the hue of your landscape lighting according to a schedule. For instance, use one colored light display during the week and switch it on the weekends. You can even program a unique color scheme to celebrate holidays.
Give Your Trim Some Color
Painting the trim around your home’s exterior’s a simple, effective way to infuse color on your property. Even better, this is something you can do yourself if you feel comfortable doing so.
Before using this tip, check to see what kind of trim you have. The material determines the type of paint you should use. For example, you can use acrylic latex paint if you have PVC trim.
Which color should you use for the trim? If you have dark siding, paint your trim a light color. If you want to add personality and subtle flair, use a color that makes your trim pop from far away.
Install Flower Boxes Beneath Windows
Flowers are not only colorful, but they’re fragrant and beautiful, too. So use the power of nature to bring your home’s exterior to life by installing flower boxes underneath your windows.
When deciding which flowers to plant, use your home’s existing color as a guide. For instance, if the outside of your home is primarily white, you can go with plants or flowers with vibrant green leaves or vines. Try mixing and matching colors and plants to find combinations you enjoy.
Because flowers are living things, you must be careful how you plant them. Flowers like salvia, periwinkle, and geranium flourish on the side of your home that gets the most sunlight. Pansies, petunias, and snapdragons are flowers that fare better in the shade.
Use Outdoor Furniture
What’s better than adding color to your home’s exterior and expanding your outdoor living space simultaneously? Outdoor furniture can draw attention to your exterior’s primary color when you arrange outdoor furniture of the same shade. You can make your home’s secondary colors pop with matching furniture accents, like pillows.
Popular outdoor furniture choices include swings, couches, benches, and chaise lounges. Whatever pieces you choose, their material and color should align with your exterior’s accents and trims. It’s also best to only select furniture pieces you and your family will enjoy and use.
With a little creativity, you can add color to your home’s exterior easily. Use these tips to turn the outside of your home into a dynamic wonderland of personality and style.