4 Ways to Add Curb Appeal, Without Repainting Your Home
There are many things that separate winter from spring, but one special thing stands out to us. No, it’s not the weather; it’s the color! With the relatively light cold this year, spring has come in full force, which means the drab grays of January have been replaced with bright pastels.
It’s easy to find inspiration by simply looking outdoors, and many people consider repainting their house during the spring or early summer. However, there are other ways to add curb appeal that don’t involve the time and effort it takes to fully repaint your home’s exterior. In fact, you can easily spruce things up in just a single weekend.
Here are four ways to add curb appeal, without repainting your home:
- Get Squeaky Clean
Your home exists largely to protect you from the environment, so it’s not surprising that things will get dirty after a few years. Siding is regularly exposed to dirt and dust, and years of changing temperatures (not to mention North Carolina humidity) can lay the groundwork for the accumulation of mold. If you’ve noticed the colors of your home fade a little bit, it may not even be the paint. It could just be years of dirt. Pressure washing your home will remove all these layers of unwanted film and beat back the accumulation of mold and dirt. A good scrubbing will brighten up anything, from your kitchen countertops to your bathtub, and the same goes for the curb appeal of your house!
Tips: Hire a professional: Pressure washing your home can be tricky if you don’t know what you’re doing. If done improperly, pressure washing a home can result in stripped paint, damaged screens or vinyl siding, and even broken windows. High-pressure water can also be forced through your window and door seals sending water inside your home to soak your furniture, carpet or hardwood floors. Therefore, it’s important to hire a professional to come and clean your home. We suggest you check out this list of companies, located in Clayton, N.C., from the Better Business Bureau.
Hit the windows too: When you have your home cleaned, be sure to include the windows, both inside and out! Use this natural recipe if you want to avoid harsh chemicals.
- Make Your Features Pop:
Just like the perfect accent pillow can make your living room come alive, repainting some of your home’s exterior features can add curb appeal with very little time and effort. When choosing a color, you can go with a more neutral tone, but as this article from House Beautiful says, “A colorful door is the easiest way to add instant curb appeal. Why not go bold and make a strong first impression?” Depending on the color of your siding, choosing a red, blue or even yellow, can be the perfect accent to your home.
Tips: Work with our color consultant: If you’re not sure what color would work best for your front door or window trim, we offer color consultations both in-store and at-home. Our trained color expert knows how to accomplish the result you are seeking! Learn more here.
Get the right paint: Color isn’t the only thing that matters; the type of paint is also important. Given that we are paint experts, we can help you pick out the most appropriate type of paint for your door and window trim. For example, Aura® Grand Entrance,® is specifically designed with doors and trim in mind. Using Benjamin Moore’s exclusive Color Lock® technology, Aura paint brings you discernibly richer, truer color, and it comes in a variety of textures and colors.
- Let the White Shine:
Like the siding of your home, front porch railings often lose their color over time as they accumulate dirt, dust, pollen and mold. A good washing will help, but often, you’ll need to add another layer of paint to get back their former white glow. Like step No. 2, this is an easy way to add curb appeal without spending weeks repainting your home’s siding. It’s a simple weekend task that can even involve the entire family — you’d be surprised at how much your kids will enjoy this project.
Tips:Get a durable finish: Like your doors and trim, picking the best paint option for your home will go along way. We offer two brands of exterior paint, REGAL SELECT Exterior and ULTRA SPEC®, which are durable, mildew resistant and fade resistant — perfect for keeping those railings looking like new.
- Tidy Up:
After a few years living in your home, inevitably, things just pile up. Sometimes a good ‘ole fashioned cleaning session is needed! Be sure to clear out fallen leaves from the porch, put away old toys or yard tools, wash the chair cushions, and prune the bushes. With just an hour or two, you can add curb appeal by making the front of your home look spic-and-span.
Tips: Get the whole family involved: The promise to take a trip to the movie theater goes along way with the little ones. Or perhaps a family barbecue to enjoy your home’s new look!
Conclusion: If you need help, we’re here for you! Check out our website for Video How-To’s, Tips & Updates, or come to one of our workshops. We can provide recommendations on colors, finishes, products and more. Also, be sure to follow us on social media, using any of the icons below: