Tips for Shaking Up Your Home’s Exterior with Color

From Theresa Clement, Designer/Contractor and Host of MyFixitUpLife Radio Show:

If you’re eager to add a splash of color to your home’s exterior, but don’t know where to start, here are some tips to help you dress up your home exterior.

Select a color you love and then paint a bench, your door knocker or flower planters in that color. Live with the ‘burst of color’ outside your home for awhile before adding it permanently to your house. Then, when you’re comfortable, go ahead and use that color — or shades of the hue — to paint your front door, shutters and trim to make a lasting impression.

A great way to gain color inspiration and ideas is to participate in the ‘Shake it Up Exterior Color Contest’ that’s now offered online until April 21, 2013. Just ‘Like’ the DaVinci Facebook page and submit a digital picture of your home’s exterior along with up to 250-words describing how you want to ‘shake up’ the exterior of your home with colorful products. Open to homeowners nationwide, the “Shake it Up” Exterior Color Contest includes a $5,000 cash grand prize to help the winner add color to the exterior of his or her home.

This contest can inspire you, the homeowner, to think ‘outside the box’ for adding color to your home. There are timeless color combinations — like blues with shades of grays and white for homes — but that doesn’t mean you can’t add a pumpkin orange front door to the same house. Color makes a home come alive and allows your personal style to shine through on your home!

Here are some easy tips to add color to the outside of your home:

Color Tip #1 – Use movable potted plants to add “pops” of color on your porch, steps and walkway to help frame your home in a different color. Consider gaining your color inspiration from your garden, so that your entire yard “flows with color” right up to your front door.

Color Tip #2 – Add colorful pillows and outside rugs to furnishings and porch areas.

Color Tip #3 – Splurge on colorful accessories for your exterior like garden flags, door mats, metal wall art, decorative wreaths and door knockers.

Color Tip #4 – Replace your house numbers in a new font and color so they boldly stand out on your home.

Color Tip #5 – Update the color of lighting sconces or overhead lighting on and around your home’s exterior.


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