How to create curb appeal

Exterior Makeover Tips To Create Curb Appeal

Spring is in the air, so it’s time to give your home an exterior makeover and add curb appeal. A few simple tricks can help boost your home’s profile, and ensure visitors get a good first impression when they arrive on your doorstep.

Boost your home's curb appeal

  • Make a statement with your front door

Your front door is one of the first things people notice about your home. Is your door drab, drafty or just plain past its prime? Make a bold statement and improve your home’s energy efficiency with a new Energy Star-qualified front door. Consider options with decorative glass accents and stunning sidelights to add more natural light while maintaining a sense of style and privacy.

“Pella entry doors feature stylish options in a variety of popular materials from wood to fiberglass and steel options, and the real beauty is in their performance,” says Kathy Krafka Harkema of Pella Windows and Doors. “When replacing your old front door, choose from one that accents your home’s style, with high-performance features that help keep out air and water, and low-maintenance convenience like durable prefinished options with coordinating trim.”

  • Accessorize with new hardware

Replace your front door hardware for a quick, easy facelift. Choose hardware finishes consistent with those of your home’s light fixtures, mailbox and house numbers to maintain a polished, cohesive look. You’ll be surprised what a difference new hardware on your front door can make in creating a positive look and feel.

  • Refresh exterior and trim colors

Now’s also time to add a new storm door to help keep out the elements, or to add a refreshing coat of paint on your existing exterior doors for a fresh look.

For a dramatic change, repaint your home’s exterior. You can also change trim color to refresh your home’s exterior impact. When updating trim, choose color schemes that match your home’s primary exterior color, or complement it with a fresh twist.

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  • Accent with lighting

For night-time curb appeal and safety, add a row of exterior accent lighting to illuminate a walking path with ground-insert solar lights. Or consider solar spotlights to bring out landscaping or architectural focal points. Install new matching light fixtures outside your front door, garage door or patio door to create an inviting feel and provide well-lit doorways to greet you and visiting neighbors and guests.

  • Create points of interest with plants

Add pops of color by arranging potted plants around your front door, or on a porch or deck. Incorporate planters or container gardens of varied sizes, shapes and colors to add visual interest. Also, planting flowerbeds along driveways and walkways gives your home a softer, more inviting feel.

For more curb appeal inspiration, contact us for a free in home consultation. We are happy to offer our customers high quality Pella products!

house painting tips

Transform Your Home With Expert House Painting Tips

Designer tips to create inspired interior and exterior spaces with color

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Ready to transform your home this year? The key to creating your dream interior space could be as simple as updating with color.

Seven-in-10 homeowners plan a home improvement project in the next six months, according to the Sherwin-Williams National Home Design and Color Survey. Of those homeowners planning home remodeling, painting tops the list with 42 percent wanting to liven up their space with color, followed by landscaping (39 percent) and redecorating (30 percent).

Adding color with paint makes sense to internationally celebrated interior designer Jeff Andrews, who has decorated the homes of celebrities from Ryan Seacrest, to Michael C. Hall to the Kardashian family.

“Paint can incorporate distinctive touches that will liven any living space. Everyone has the potential to live in his or her dream space, and a touch of color can easily make it a reality,” Andrews says.

Andrews offers the following tips on how to create the ultimate dream space:

* Upgrade living areas with creative color choices: Changing the color of your walls can transform a room from ordinary to extraordinary. For stunning color for years to come, Sherwin-Williams Emerald Interior paint offers paint and primer in one, with advanced stain-blocking technology, ensuring a statement color that’s easy to maintain and perfect for any room in your home.

* Highlight accent pieces with vivid color to bring a room alive: A distinctive color adds a layer of visual elegance to any room. Painting an accent wall, trim, crown moldings or a ceiling in a color that complements the walls can give a room a customized look.

* Channel your inner designer: From stripes to geometric designs, infuse vibrant energy to a room with an on-trend painted pattern.

* Create curb appeal with a bold use of color: To help your home make its best first impression, paint the exterior of your home with a bold color. Among homeowners surveyed, almost two-thirds (64 percent) are confident handling outdoor painting projects. Consider coordinating your palettes from the inside out by painting your front door a few shades darker than the entryway.

* Transform the ordinary: A fresh coat of paint can elevate a simple piece of furniture and provide a distinctive look. According to the survey, nearly two-in-three homeowners (64 percent) want to add more color into their home. Pick a favorite desk or nightstand and use color to create a signature focal point in a room.

Bruzzese Home Improvements has been painting homes and providing superior customer service to our clients in Westchester, NY since 1957! Contact us today for a free estimate!

How color affects your exterior home makeover

exterior home makeoverHow do you know you’ve chosen the right colors to accent your home’s exterior? What colors on windows, doors, trim or shutters can highlight architectural details? Try these tips to help choose an exterior color scheme for your home.

Accent your home’s style

Consider your home’s design. Blend existing features, like the roof, stone or brickwork, into a cohesive look.

For modern homes, earthy neutrals complement contrasting sharp lines and the shine of glass and steel. Soft hues, like variations of pastel blue, white, beige or green complement country cottage-styled aesthetics.

If you live in an historic home or neighborhood, check with local officials for appropriate colors for your region and your home’s architecture.

Consider curb appeal

When choosing a new exterior color palette, consider how it will look next to neighboring homes, or blend with your homeowner’s association guidelines or other local requirements. If most homes in your neighborhood convey a monochromatic look, consider colors that complement it.

Add a boldly painted front door or contrasting window or door trim to help your home stand out without sticking out. Check the Pella Pinterest board to see how bold red doors instantly add curb appeal.

“Before painting exterior doors, consult a professional and choose a paint or finish with good blocking resistance,” says Kathy Krafka Harkema, spokesperson for Pella Windows and Doors. “Choosing a beautiful new factory prefinished window or door saves you time and eliminates the guesswork.”

Test color on small sample first

Sometimes testing the color on your home or its doors can help. If you are torn between options, test paint samples on a small area where colors will converge on your house.

If you’re thinking about repainting, residing or remodeling your home, it’s also a good time to replace windows and doors. Once you’ve picked the base color for your home, add coordinating or contrasting window and door trim. Pella EnduraClad exterior finishes come in a variety of color options for aluminum-clad wood windows, patio and entry doors. With 27 standard colors and virtually unlimited custom color options, it’s easy to find the right color for your home’s exterior makeover. Pella can even create a custom color, for a truly unique look for your home’s windows and doors.

2014 home exterior color trends range from bold to subdued

For design inspiration, consider the latest exterior color trends:front door

1. Overall exterior colors, -including creams, whites, shades of gray and neutral pastels like sky blue, provide a unique but simple style that is reflective of the homeowner’s individual tastes.

2. Trim colors are going to be seen on both ends of the spectrum with neutral pastels or bold, dark statement colors.

3. Boldly painted doors in a vibrant blue, deep red or edgy black add instant interest and curb appeal. Choose a color that best represents your individual design personality.

Are you ready to give your home’s exterior a makeover?  Give us a call or contact us online to schedule a free in home consultation.  We specialize in exterior home makeovers in Westchester County, New York!

Energize your home’s exterior with vibrant paint colors

painting your homes exteriorChances are you’ve thought about adding a splash of color to the exterior of your home, and you’re not the only one. Many people have the same idea, but they don’t act because they’re worried they will choose poorly. Selecting the wrong paint color for your home’s exterior isn’t only costly, it’s embarrassing as well.

“Many homeowners are afraid to add color to their home’s exterior because they don’t want to make a mistake,” says Sensational Color’s Kate Smith, Color Marketing Group (CMG), a career color trend forecaster. “Especially when people look at the style of their homes, they can become confused by what colors will enhance their exteriors.”

One common mistake homeowners make when seeking to add color to their home’s exterior is they fail to identify a full color palette. They set out to choose that perfect color for their home without thinking about how it will interact with the newly-installed window frames or new roof.

Smith says the selection of your main color should take into account the colors of fixed features related to your home, such as the brick, stone or stucco found on your foundation, porch or walkway. Selecting color options for the trim, shutters and the front door should only come after the main color has been selected.

“One of the hottest trends in the marketplace right now is to ‘shake up’ home exteriors with color,” says Smith.

“No homeowner should feel locked into blah or standard colors on their home’s exterior,” says Smith. “A shake or slate polymer roof can have an appealing blend of colors, such as browns and autumn tones. Low-maintenance vinyl window frames and grids come in pine green, chocolate and even brick red to add pizzazz to the home. And, homeowners can create a welcoming front entrance by painting a fiberglass door a striking accent color. Tie that all together with painted urethane trim pieces that add the ‘icing on the cake’ for the home and you can really make a home more appealing with coordinated colors.”

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Exterior Aesthetics: What to Consider

Craftsman houseAlthough aesthetic appearance isn’t the only thing that you should be thinking about when remodeling your home, it’s still very important. Homeowners should have a house they can be proud of and that includes having an aesthetically pleasing exterior. That can mean different things to different people. After all, appearance always comes down to personal taste. Still, there is definitely a lot to consider when you are deciding on the outward appearance of your home. Here are some things you should keep in mind.

Your Neighborhood

While there are certainly some homeowners who want a house that sticks out and is unique among the other houses in the neighborhood, sometimes it’s best to consider the appearance of the other houses on the block. It’s okay to be unique and go with something that makes your neighborhood look a little more eclectic, but you probably shouldn’t go too extreme. If you’re repainting or re-siding your house, consider a neutral color that fits the other homes on your street in a tasteful way. Of course, “neutral” doesn’t have to mean “boring.” You can have an off-white or earth tone paint job while providing a few touches of your preferred accent color. Just remember not to go overboard with it; accent colors are meant for visual appeal.

Your Choice of Paint

Painting is probably the most cost effective way to change the outward appearance of a house. There are a few things you should consider. Do you want your house to be one solid color, or do you want different colors around your door and window frames? Do you want to create a focal point that is a different color than the rest of your house, or would you prefer something more nondescript? Painting the exterior of your home is a big job and not as easy as you might think.  Consider hiring a professional painting contractor who has experience in house painting.

A Choice of Building Materials

A factor that determines your home’s aesthetic appearance even more than paint is the building materials you plan to use when remodeling. If you want a modern-looking home that would fit in well in any suburban neighborhood, you should opt for siding. Wood siding is about as basic as siding can get and it can be repainted, but it can also be damaged by storms and accidents fairly easily. Vinyl siding has become a very popular option for its durability, ease of installation, and clean, aesthetic look. Aluminum siding also has similar properties.

If you want your home to have a more unique look, opt for materials such as stone, adobe brick, or stucco. These materials have a textural surface and can provide a more old-fashioned look to your home. They tend to give homes a more expensive look making them popular with those who really want their homes to stand out in the best way. Be sure to hire a professional for the job.  Adding stucco or stone to the exterior of your home requires someone with experience and the proper equipment to complete the job.

In the end, aesthetic appearance is a matter of personal taste. Your happiness is the ultimate appraisal and only you know what can make you and your family happy.

This article was contributed by Chase Roberts, home & garden expert with a large imagination for dreaming up the most unique of home remodels, inside and out. If you are looking for affordable new and surplus steel and piping for your own unique home remodel, Chase recommends visiting www.texasironandmetal.com/steel-supply-houston.

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