5 Ways a Fresh Exterior Trim Can Make a World of Difference

Painted trim plays a major role in the overall exterior painting of your home, even though it only accounts for a small percentage of the entire exterior. Weather factors like temperature, rain, snow, and sun exposure can also cause the paint on your trim to wear and fade faster, meaning extra, and more frequent maintenance work on your end. The springtime is the most ideal time to tackle all of your home exterior painting needs.

Before you begin, be sure that all of your wood surfaces are inspected for cracks and splits, and make any necessary repairs. “You should always follow up repairs with proper surface preparation such as sanding, priming, filling, and/or caulking, in order to ensure the most optimal and quality paint job possible.” said Marc Holt, marketing spokesperson for a Minneapolis Roofing Company, Central Roofing.

Here below are five examples of homes with freshly made trim, and how they can help you keep your exterior home painting looking clean and fresh.

1. ACCENTUATE ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS.

Even though you may not have a Victorian or Contemporary style incorporated into your home exterior design, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the perks of beautiful, architectural detail. A lot of homes utilize decorative window trim, brackets, and a recessed panel to add to the distinction of the home design and differentiate the color scheme, providing an eye-pleasing and comforting sense to the home’s overall appearance.

2. MAKE YOUR FRONT DOOR MORE WELCOMING.

The entranceway of your home is the first room to display the welcoming, home-feel of your house when visitors first enter the building. How it looks says a lot about your character, your lifestyle, and your pride in keeping your home clean and accommodating. Adding a friendly touch, like a welcoming mat, a welcome sign, or a small table with a vase and some flowers in it can go a long way in making your home more welcoming and putting visitors’ minds at ease.

3. USE CONTRASTING COLORS.

Color can instantly change the feel of any building or room, all it takes is the right combination. A house may feature stripes of green against the staid, white square columns, adding an element of contrast and dimension to the home’s appearance. Check out the design of your home, and look for ways to add color variations to your walls, columns/supports, and/or door and window frames. You’ll be surprised at what a difference it can make.

4. DON’T FORGET THE PORCH STEPS.

With so much attention paid to the door and the color scheme of the home, it can be very easy to forget about the front porch steps. The quality of your front steps, however, can go far in affecting the outward appearance of your home. Regardless of whether or not your front steps are wood or concrete, you want to ensure the paint, or cleanliness, of your steps matches that of your porch. Whenever you paint or clean the porch, be sure to remember the steps as well. This gives your entrance way a harmonious, flowing appearance, and puts your visitors at ease.

5. OPTIONAL STRUCTURAL FEATURES.

When all the basics have been covered, one other option for you to explore is adding decorative structural features to your home. Brackets, running trim, or dentils, although simple in design, can do wonders in transforming your regular looking house into an artful and welcoming living space. These features come in a variety of styles and are incredibly easy to install, so it’s definitely worth your time to invest in.

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