If the exterior of your home is looking a bit old and dreary, but you don’t have the budget or the time for a major overhaul, you might consider perking up your porch columns, porch railings, trim, shutters and other accents with a splash of vibrant color. It’s a cost effective, trendy way turn your ho-hum home into a neighborhood attraction.
Accentuating your accents with vivid, brilliant eye-catching colors can draw the attention to your home’s best features advises Tim Bobo of HB&G, a manufacturer of fiberglass columns in Troy, Alabama. “There’s no question that porch posts, porch railings, moldings, corbels, and other exterior features sets a home apart from the rest. Painting these accents with contrasting colors can make them stand out even more and add beauty and even value to your home.”
With a very little investment you can make a huge difference. All you have to do is come up with the most flattering pallet of accent colors to match the existing color of your home. Paint manufactures make this easy by supplying customers with matching color swatches that usually contain three or four complimentary colors. You can start there and let your imagination do the rest.
Here’s an example – If the primary color of your home is light blue, consider accenting with two or three bolder hues of blue and adding a splash of yellow. Instead of painting your porch posts the same color blue as the house, choose a lighter blue for contrast. But don’t stop there. Bring out the beautiful curves and details of your porch post even more by adding bands of a bright yellow. Likewise accent small molding details and window trims until these subtle, hidden features pop back into view. In other words, go ahead and get a little crazy with color this year. If you do it right both you and your neighbors will be glad you did.