All Year Round: 4 Painted Exterior Details to Decorate Your Home

We all want to live in beautiful homes, but sometimes it’s easier to settle for tasteful and seasonal exterior decorations rather than invest in permanent changes to our homes. Painting your home exterior doesn’t have to be a huge project, however, if done properly and with an eye towards year round decorative effects.

Here are 4 small painting projects you can undertake to make your home more attractive. Not only does painting increase the value of your home, it also increases your pleasure and pride in the place you live.

Architecture’s Insights

If you’re not sure where to start when painting the exterior of your home, look to the architectural features of your home for guidance. Does your home feature overhangs that could be emphasized by painting? Two-storey or more homes especially lend themselves to visual separation using paint.

Levels of Landscaping

We typically think about landscaping as exclusively the upkeep of the yard in front of the house, but what if you could introduce landscaping effects to the exterior of your home. Try installing some planters around the perimeter of your first floor, beneath your windows. These can be painted a contrasting color, stenciled, or repainted anytime you want. Plus you can fill them with different plants as the seasons rotate.

Delightful Doors

Painting your door a bright color is a great way to spruce up the exterior of your home – and it has the added advantage of making your home especially easy to find for visitors. Choose a color that complements that overall exterior color, but steer clear of pastels. You want your door to be a bold statement, an undeniable welcome.

Shutter Shock

Not as many homes have shutters today as in years past, but homes that have them are in possession of a great, unique home detail. The only problem with shutters is that their construction can make them difficult to paint if you don’t know the right way to do it. You’ll want to paint from the outside in to make sure you’re covering all parts of the shutter and you’ll need to do this on both sides.

Much like choosing a color for your door, the paint choice for your shutters should be bright and stand out from the overall color of the house. If you’re really feeling bold, paint the door and shutters in matching colors for an overall look.

Painting the exterior details of your home should be a fun undertaking, something you can do yourself and with your family. While you wouldn’t want to take on a complete house painting project on your own – leave that to the professionals – embracing the exterior details as your own can really give you a new sense of pride in your home.

Espana Gomez is an author of this blog. Recently she works as an interior design assistant in her town. She loves daydreaming about beautiful homes and interior decor.