When we think of redecorating our homes, we likely think of interior changes. We shift the furniture around, throw a new coat of paint on the walls, or switch out the flooring. But we often forget about a part of the house that is equally as important: the exterior. There are so many ways you can bring the outside in. Home redecoration is about creating spaces you can call your own and truly feel comfortable in. It’s about making small changes that have a big impact on how you feel when you’re there. The exterior of your house is the last thing you see as you drive off to work in the morning. It’s the first thing you see when you get home after working from 9 to 5. You want it to be a sight for sore and happy eyes. Read on to find several small and larger scale tips on revamping the exterior of your house.
Try a New Exterior Color
When it comes to home color, it’s easy to fall into the same color rut that you’re used to seeing everywhere. But those same colors may not be the best choice for your home or what you want your home to say about you. If you live in a warm and sunny part of the world, a lighter color may be your best bet. If you live in an area with cooler and shorter seasons, then a darker color might be better to protect your home from the weather. Other than helping to protect your home from the elements, your house’s exterior color plays a big role in setting the mood of the house. You can determine which color type is the most relaxing and agreed upon amongst your family, then try a very subtle hue of that color as a new exterior paint job.
Add Pops of Color
What color are your front steps? What color is your door? What color are your shutters? All of these things contribute to the look and feel of your home. A splash of color is all you need to really add interest to the house. A lot of people are not comfortable with large uses of color, like a colorful exterior paint job on the house. But pops of color are the perfect happy medium. A colorful front door can make a house seem much more inviting. Matching windows give the house a very cohesive look. And these colors don’t have to be crazy, bright pink. Try a light blue front door with matching light blue window sills. Or paint your front steps a gentle burnt orange. You may be shocked at just how personal these colors make the outside of your home. It will help your home to feel more similar on the outside and the inside.
Change your Doors
If you’re looking for a home redecoration idea that’s a bit more permanent, changing the exterior of your doors may be the right choice for you. There are a lot of options out there when you’re looking for exterior door changes. A new door can completely change the look of your entryway. There are thousands of different front and back doors to choose from. Some front doors have intricate stained glass. Others are completely solid, thick wood that can be painted any color. You must choose which style you like best. Back doors can be very simple and neutral, or you can enhance your backyard with nice patio doors that will have guests oohing and aahing. If you have a sliding glass door, you can also choose to add a decorative tile panel to the door to spruce it up a bit. You can also choose a color that’s similar to what you have now, or you can go bold with a new color to add more personalization.
Change Your Windows
If you’re looking for a more drastic change on the exterior of your home, replacing your windows may be the answer. Replacing your windows with larger and more decorative ones can instantly change the look of your home. You can choose a style that matches what you have now, or you can choose something bolder to really stand out. If you’re looking to change the look of your home, there are a lot of different styles of windows to choose from. Wooden windows have been used for hundreds of years and come in a wide variety of styles and designs. They can easily be painted any color, but naturally they add a more raw look to your home. Fiberglass windows are a modern alternative to wooden windows and are available in many colors as well. They are strong against the elements. Aluminum windows are a common choice for homes in warm climates and come in both traditional and modern designs. Vinyl windows are another modern option and come in many colors and designs as well. They are also a cheaper option if you’re looking for a more affordable renovation. Some people choose to go with a combination of wood and vinyl for a modern look and, again, more affordable price.
Or Add a Faux Window
A faux window is a great way to add some variation to the outside of your home without any actual demolition or meticulous installation. A faux window is a type of window pain with or without shutters that is added to the outside of your house to give the illusion of a real window. It may seem ridiculous, but it can do wonders for the outside appearance of your house at a fraction of the cost. For example, if your home comes to a point at the center of the roof, this is likely where your attic is located. There is no reason to install a full window in your attic, but this peak in the roof would likely look much better with the added interest of a window. So, consider installing a faux window. If you add shutters, you can even add a pop of color to this addition.
Add a Skylight
Skylights bring an abundance of natural light into any room they’re installed in. If you have a particularly dark room or area in your home, adding a skylight can make a huge difference in the way the space feels. Most skylights come in two pieces, the roof portion and the window portion. You can choose to add a skylight anywhere you want some extra light, but they’re particularly useful in the kitchen, living room, and bedroom. There are a few different types of skylights that you can install. The most common is the roof skylight. This type is usually out of reach, and therefore it doesn’t open. These are large and let in lots of light. You can also choose to install a wall skylight if there isn’t enough room for a roof skylight. These are smaller and can typically open like windows.
Go For Greenery
Greenery is so much more important than most people think. It is easy to mow the lawn every once in a while and then be satisfied with your yardwork. But landscaping plays a crucial role in the exterior look of a house. Consider this: when someone is building a new home, they often talk about the “night and day” difference in their home before the landscaping went in and after. Many say that it didn’t even feel like their home before. Your house is the same. The pops of green that healthy landscaping provides are crucial to making your house seem warm and inviting.