When decorating a home, many people think only of the inside. As if there is nothing more that can be done to the exterior than paint. Au contraire! The exterior is just as important (some say it’s even more important) than the interior, and there are so many choices in changing your home’s face available these days. It doesn’t matter what style the exterior of your home is – you can make a big difference in your home’s curb appeal by adding a few exterior architectural products.
Enhancing the outside of your home doesn’t have to be fancy or “over the top” if you don’t want it to. And, it never has to be difficult. The simple act of adding some shutters on the windows can give your house a down-home flavor or make it feel like an island hideaway. Cover up the vents on your gables with stylish louvers. Don’t have a vent to replace with louvers, but still love the style? Not to worry – you can fake it just as easily. How about installing a exterior trim around the front door or windows? These small touches will do wonders for a house that looks a little plain on the outside. Your neighbors will be trying to figure out just what changed about your home – and only you will know!
If you think your home’s façade needs just a touch of style, exterior architectural products, such as exterior molding, crossheads or pediments over the entrance will add a hint of grace and elegance. If you’d like to give your home a touch of gentility, the application of Victorian trim on the gables will have you thinking about starting a 4:00 tea time tradition! Replacing the railing on your front porch or gazebo with a more decorative balustrade system can have a bigger impact than changing the color of your home. It also lends a feeling of refinement and rich style.
For those of you who want to completely redefine the style of your home’s exterior, it’s easier than ever. Pilasters and columns can completely transform the façade of your home. Give your home the flair of Greek Revival, noble Georgian or romantic Italian with pilasters spaced evenly across the façade, on either side of your front door or on the corners of your home. Non-structural columns can replace or augment a plain railing on a front porch, as long as the structural components are still in place. Make your home look like a Roman villa and have a staycation!
When it comes to exterior architectural products, let your imagination be your guide. From basic and barely noticeable to bold and daring, these simple, yet elegant components can give your home an entirely new personality!
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