You can spend all the time in the world turning the interior of your house into a showroom, but the state of your home’s exterior impacts how buyers view their potential investment, too. Being greeted by an unkempt, unattractive exterior sets the tone for the entire showing, and not in a positive way.
Just like your living and dining areas, outdoor living spaces should be staged to appeal to prospective buyers. This means cleaning up the landscaping, adding patio furniture, and brightening up the area with hanging or in-ground lighting.
As you plan your outdoor upgrades, look down, as in, to your porch and patio floors. Chances are, they’re not looking their best. With constant exposure to the elements, wood paint peels, and cement cracks and becomes discolored. Those worn and dingy surfaces ruin the effect of an otherwise visually appealing outdoor setting.
Fortunately, there are more outdoor paint options than ever these days. With a bit of work, your reward will be a more appealing home — and a faster sale. Choosing the right paint color is key to achieving the best look. Consider these popular shades, styles, and tips.
No matter what surface you’re painting, don’t skip the prep work. Remove any dirt and debris, then thoroughly clean (many guides suggest utilizing a solution of water and trisodium phosphate). Scrape old paint from wood surfaces, and patch up any cracks in concrete. Use a primer to ensure the best finish.
When it comes to picking a paint color, let Mother Nature guide you in the right direction. Shades that harmonize with their natural surroundings just feel right. Thing blue-green hues for coastal areas, white or pink in the desert, gray or sage green in wooded areas, and warm, golden colors in the Plains.
One of the good things about porches and patios is that they allow for a greater degree of adventure than what’s allowed on your home’s overall exterior paint job. When it’s offset against a lighter color, black is ideal for creating contrast. With the right lighting and tropical or bright green plants, a black floor lends itself to a truly stunning space.
If you’re going for a more au naturel look, there are a variety of stain colors and finishes that will allow more of your wood floor’s natural beauty to shine through. Shades of red, white, tan, and gray lend themselves to the wood porch of a cabin or country home. Stain transparency ranges from completely transparent, showing off the wood’s natural color and grain, to solid, which gives a uniform, almost painted look.
Advances in concrete staining technology over the past several years have expanded the palette of colors and styles available to homeowners. For a more natural finish, consider utilizing an acid stain. These stains are typically within the typical ‘rock’ color spectrum. Water-based stains come in a wider variety of colors, including blues, yellows, and whites.
With paint, stencils, and talent (or, at least, confidence), you can transform a slab of plain concrete into a breathtaking faux-tile floor. These multicolored options are guaranteed to act as a focal point in the backyard, adding the brightness of an accent rug without the associated wear and fading.
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