When you pull up to your home, does the exterior bring a smile to your face? It should. Even the dull and dirty months that make up our Canadian winter shouldn’t deter your ability to enjoy a beautiful home exterior. One of the best ways to add some excitement to your home’s curb appeal is with colour.
When selecting paint colours for different elements of your home’s exterior, try to maintain a cohesive colour palette. You’ll also want to consider your home’s architecture and age.
Here are a few ways that you can use colour to update your home’s exterior
Your front door provides an excellent opportunity to inject a bit of colour into your home’s first impression. This is also one of the easiest places to do a colour update, since it’s only requires some paint and a couple of hours. Opt for a colour that makes you happy and also works well with the brick, stone or siding on the house.
Install new shutters or repaint existing exterior shutters to add an instant update to your home’s exterior. While the shutters don’t necessarily need to be the same colour as your front door, do ensure that the colour you choose compliments the overall look of your home. This can mean different things for different types of homes. For example, an older farmhouse can accept the charm of a brightly coloured shutter more readily than an 80’s era brick home in the suburbs.
To make a big change to your home’s exterior appeal, you can opt to replace your existing siding with something more colourful. While you may not realize it, you can get siding in colours other than the standard neutrals commonly seen. Adding new siding in tastefully colouful reds, browns and greens will instantly take years off of an older home.
The easiest way to add colour to our home’s exterior is with porch décor. During the colder months, add weather appropriate accents such as colourful lanterns, signage or even a brightly coloured bench. In Spring and Summer, you can accent with planters, flowers and other fun accents.
But, Don’t Add Colour here!
While you might think that your garage door is another excellent spot to add colour, think again. You might not realize it, but the colour of your garage door can actually have an impact on your home’s resale value, particularly if it’s right at the front of your house. Even if you have a colourful front door, it’s best for your garage door to blend in with the house.
Planning to update your garage door? Neutral colours are the most common option for new garage doors in Canada. Think whites, browns, gray, black and some darker shades of blue or green.