Even if you can’t afford a complete exterior renovation, adding the right exterior accent colours change everything on your home. That’s because all the little details make a big impact. Keep reading to see what I mean.
The owners of this lovely home (below) purchased the trim/accent online colour consultation . Despite the home’s classic bones, this brick house was just not living up to its potential. It was feeling a bit tired and boring.
We wanted to address a few issues including a unifying colour for the trim, which will be painted next season.
Exterior Accent Colours Change Everything
In the mean time, they put our recommendations for accent colours for the front door and shutters immediately into action since these were quick and easy fixes.
See how the shutters are a faded and dated dark green (above and below)? It’s amazing but a small detail like that gives us a visual cue about how current an exterior is.
It really can make or break it sometimes. As they say, a truly beautiful exterior is all in the details.
The downspouts on this house were distracting in bright white. They need to sit back or blend in, so we suggested that they paint them a dark warm metal colour. The homeowner opted to paint them a colour to blend in with the brick.
Take a look at the dramatic difference painting the shutters and front door have made on this house (above)!
It is so pretty now that we barely notice that the trim needs freshening up. All we see is it’s beautiful symmetry, and a dramatic, inviting entrance, perfectly balanced by freshly painted shutters.
So, even if you can’t afford a full exterior renovation, it’s worth refreshing your front door and accents to give your house a lift and distract from it’s less-than-lovely elements.
More Exterior Accent Colour Ideas
Here are a few fun examples of using accent colours to create a look and feel. These colourful details add a sense of life to otherwise plain (and a few not so plain) exteriors.
Front Door | Sherwin-Williams 6923 Festival Green
This is another classic house (above) where freshly painted shutters and a well designated accent colour really pops and says, “Welcome to our happy house!”
Would black work here too? Yes, of course, but since this house has black shutters on the lower windows as well as the upper, a black door is not necessary for balance. The bright splash of green colour creates a strong focal point instead.
Shutters | Sherwin-Williams 6458 Restful, Front Door | Sherwin-Williams 6892 Carnival
Here is another classic white house where the shutters and doors tell a fresh story. Wouldn’t you just love to hang out on this porch? It’s so inviting and spacious.
Front Door | Sherwin-Williams 6887 Navel
Here’s another bright orange door that I just love. With this happy combo of fresh green and orange, would you even notice if the rest of the house was crumbling to the ground? Accent colour can direct all the focus to where you want it to be.
Here are a few examples of how bright front door colours look fabulous with fresh white and gobs of greenery? Of course you could go this bold with any colour of house as long as you pick the right shade.
The house below is probably in Paris or something where they understand that things don’t have to be shiny and new to be beautiful. Would you go this bold? This fresh coat of hot pink sure makes this crumbling house look lived in and loved.
Front Door | Sherwin-Williams 6980 Gutsy Grape
Front Door and Shutters | Sherwin-Williams 6840 Exuberant Pink
This weathered wood cladding below could end up looking both hyper trendy and drab if it wasn’t for the bold red trim. Sometimes all you need to face a rainy day is a fresh coat of red lipstick!
It’s interesting, you’ll note that sometimes an accent can be cleaner than the body colour and it still works.
Windows and Doors | Sherwin-Williams 6869 Stop
And I’ve blogged about this exterior below. These citrine shutters are perfect here to take a trendy dark colour scheme from blah to yay!
So, if your home’s facade is looking tired, and you are just not ready to tackle the whole thing, consider adding a punch of colour to freshen things up. A fresh accent colour can go a long way to creating interest and curb appeal on a dull or dated exterior, even if your house is not blessed with beautiful and classic bones like my lovely client’s home.
If you would like help creating a beautiful and classic exterior, we have exterior consultation packages available here.
Or you can learn how to choose your exterior colours with my Exterior Masterclass here.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone! xoxo Maria
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