Home Improvement Style Guide
Here are a few ideas to help you create an attractive exterior.
The exterior of a home begins at the curb, not at the front door. Walkways, benches, landscaping, dramatic lighting and driveway embellishments establish a home’s exterior and interior presence. Decorative millwork such as pediments, scalloped trim and artificial stone products can create a whole new look–from Victorian charm to a natural, earthy feel.
A New Color Palette
One of the simplest and most exciting ways to dramatically improve your home’s exterior is to change colors. Keep these guidelines in mind:
• Light Colors: Lighter colors make your home appear larger. Warm colors such as yellow, red and orange make your home appear closer to the front of the lot.
• Dark Colors: A house with deep tones appears smaller and less imposing. Darker colors make the house appear to be set farther back in the lot.
• Architecturally Matched Color: A home’s architectural style can be a guideline for choosing appropriate colors. For example, a Cape Cod style may look best in subtle colors, while a Victorian can carry more contrast and dramatic colors.
• Balanced Color: Monochromatic color schemes bring balance to the overall look. Contrasting colors on the entryway and porch add visual interest.
The Shell of Your Home
In addition to color, different vinyl siding textures dramatically impact exterior appeal. Decorative styles can create a soft or deep shadow line. Consider how different siding colors and styles will complement your home’s roof. After all, the roof is 50% of your home’s exterior and makes a big impression.