Colorful Curb Appeal for Any Style
by Larayne Boaz
There are so many things you can do to boost the curb appeal of your home – from landscaping and foliage to hardware and lighting – but color remains the foundation of your exterior style, no matter your style preferences. So whether you’re bright and bold, or cool and calm, it’s always wise to start with color.
Start at your front door
Painting your front exterior door is a great way to make a high-impact, low-budget upgrade to your home. This should be the first place you look, as it’s likely the focal point of your overall exterior styling and can help inform other décor decisions.
Want to add some energy? Adding a pop of color to your front door is a fun way to draw attention to the entry of your home, while giving you a chance to explore different hues, including those you feel are too bold for more expansive exterior surfaces, like siding or shutters. On this exterior, I used Behr’s 2019 Color of the Year, Blueprint S470-5. It’s a confident, yet soft mid-tone blue that works well with so many other colors, making it perfect for mixing and matching.
Pairing the door with an accent bench in Standing Ovation N570-2, a soft lilac purple created a very welcoming, lively exterior entry.
Use accents to create appeal
If you prefer a more modest, uniform appearance, keeping your door color the same as the rest of your home can deliver a clean look. As an alternative to my more vibrant version of this space, I continued Cotton Grey HDC-NT-20 along the entire exterior entry. You can still incorporate other exterior elements to add touches of color, like this bench (Sand Dance S190-2), which adds interest while keeping that clean feel. The bench’s warm, smooth hue pairs seamlessly with the overall space.
When it comes to accents, keep your space fresh by switching things up throughout the seasons or holidays. Whether you’re into vibrant or modest stylings, don’t forget you can always incorporate additional color through seasonal accents.
Identify complementary colors
Regardless of your design style, finding complementary colors is key to tying your curb appeal together. Neutrals, earth tones, and varied shades of your predominant color can be a great way to complement your whole space. In both of my examples, Watery HDC-CT-26, a soft pale blue can be easily layered to complement each color combination, whether through planters or seasonal accent pieces along the corner of the entryway.
Interested in using some of the new Behr 2019 Color Trends hues to boost your curb appeal? Looking to take on a last-minute DIY project before the holiday rush? Join us November 1-2 on Facebook for the Behr Color Clinic, where I, along with fellow Behr color expert, Deanna Torrez, will be LIVE to answer your most pressing color questions.
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