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Fun Exterior Painting Ideas

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February 7, 2007

Are you looking for fun exterior painting ideas?  There are many things you can do to freshen up an exterior area without having to completely repaint a house or large building.  You can often give areas an attractive makeover just by changing a few small things.  Exterior painting can also be a great way to decorate a play area for your kids and let them get involved in the process.  It does not have to cost a lot or take a lot of time, all you need is some creativity and a sense of fun.

Exterior Painting Ideas

If you are looking to update the look of your home, some of the best exterior painting ideas are to change the color (or colors) of your home's trim.  Changing from a light to a dark color, or a dark color to a light color, can create a dramatic change.  Another attractive option is to add a second trim color as an accent.  For the best effect the second trim color should contrast with the existing trim color.  This will make the accents stand out more clearly when you are done.  If you don't want to add a second color to the trim itself, think about adding another trim piece in a different color.  For instance, corner scroll work looks great on porches and many homes look very nice with painted shutters attached to either side of windows.

For a covered or partially covered walkway, you could add some stenciling to the area.  Some simple flowers, a pattern, or even a decorative "welcome to our home" can add just the right touch of interest to the entrance area.  Kids love to get involved in exterior painting, too, so think about painting a hopscotch or foursquare outline on your driveway or other concrete area.  If your kids have a playhouse, let them help paint it inside and out.  Even if it doesn't match your home exactly, they will love it and tend to use it more because they got to help create it.  For other fun exterior painting ideas, just take a walk around the outside of your home and let your imagination go to work.


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