People often put a lot of time and effort into renovating the inside of their home but they neglect the exterior. It’s important that you keep up with it for a couple of reasons. It’s the first impression that people have of your house so if it looks tatty on the outside, they’ll make a judgment before they even get inside. This is especially important if you want to sell the house at some point. You also need to make repairs so you don’t get problems with damp or leaking roofs etc. If you’ve never really thought about the exterior of your house, here are a couple of rules to help you get it right.
Function Over Form
In short, function over form means that you should never make sacrifices on the practical stuff just because you think it looks good. One of the major areas that this applies to is security. Before you start thinking about making the house look nice, you need to ensure that it’s safe. That means installing good quality doors and windows with locks that aren’t flimsy. The garage door is important as well because burglars will often use this as a point of entry. Get yourself a good quality overhead door there, it’ll stop anybody from getting in and it’ll look great as well. Lights are another good addition because, not only do they deter burglars, they’ll also light up the house for everybody to see so you can show it off once you’re done decorating. Now that you’ve secured the house, you can start looking at the aesthetic side.
Deciding on the textures that you’ll use on the front of the house is important because they’ll make up the bulk of the design and everything else will be built around them. Consider the look that you’re going for and this will inform your decisions on texture. For example, if you want a traditional aesthetic then something like stone shingles works well, but if you want to go for something modern and minimalist, you’re better off with some simple wooden or steel panels. Before you start covering the walls, it’s best to consult an architect to make sure that the house still has enough protection from the weather etc.
Colour combinations are an important part of any decorating project and home exteriors are no exception. You need to be careful that you don’t go too crazy here, otherwise, you’ll end up with some pretty serious clashes on the front of your house. As a general rule, it’s best to go with 2 shades of the same color that aren’t too far apart from one another on the color chart. That way, you can use the darker one for the bulk of the house and then the lighter shade for the trim. If the walls are particularly damaged (lots of cracks etc.) you should opt for darker colors because they’re better at covering that kind of thing up.
Follow these 3 rules when you’re decorating the exterior of your home and you can’t go far wrong.
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