Update Your Exterior Lighting & Walls

We’re so concerned with how to make the inside of our houses look beautiful that we often forget about the exterior. The fact is the exterior walls need just as much attention as the interior ones. Spaces like an outdoor dining area or a deck with comfortable lounge chairs on it would look more attractive and beautiful if they had some sort of décor on them. So today we’ll explore a few ways in which you can use outdoor wall décor to beautify your home and your property. Outdoor wall art can be anything, from a painting to a vertical garden and a lot of other things. This particular piece is unique and holds special meaning for its owners. It’s something they did using wood salvaged from previous interior renovations. It complements this outdoor dining space is a really cozy way. Another type of wall décor you can do yourself involves working with spray paint. It’s quite simple actually. Start with a blank canvas, colored spray paint in several different colors, some string, painter’s tape and a chevron stencil and lace tape.

Recycling is fun and inspiring when you find a really great idea. For example, turning old windows and planters into decorations for the house’s exterior walls can be such a project. From far away, it will look like the house actually has functional windows on that side of the wall. Exterior walls are responsible for keeping the comfortable air in and the elements out. All building codes require that you insulate the exterior walls of your home. This is done in-between the wood studs of the frame. Fiberglass batts are pre-cut for a tight fit in between wall studs. They’re easy to install and are used to reduce heat loss of air leakage.

More than just a beacon leading to the front door, exterior lighting helps define the look of a house. With planning and a bit of math, you can put your home’s best face forward. Outdoor lighting is an easy, cost-effective way to add beauty, safety, and security to your home. Understanding which outdoor lights work best with your home’s exterior and landscape will help you choose the right light fixtures for your garden, deck and yard. Different fixtures are used in different ways to highlight and enhance the exterior of your home. Drive down any residential street, and we’d bet your eye is instantly drawn to the house with the inviting, well-lit front door. Done right, exterior entry lighting makes the most of what you’ve got, complementing your home’s architecture, increasing security, and helping guests navigate their way to the front landing. Start by evaluating your space to determine the type of fixture (or fixtures) that best fits it, whether wall-mount, ceiling-mount, or, in very large entries, a combination of the two. In every case, the overall goal is to cast a wide pool of light that illuminates the entry, banishes dark corners, and casts a warm glow that’s easy on the eyes, says San Francisco-based lighting designer Jody Pritchard. We’ll explain how to determine the correct size, placement, style, and finish of your front-door lighting.

Similarly, you can decorate the outdoor walls of your house with vertical succulent gardens. They’re not difficult to maintain. Just water them the same as you would do with any planter. Take them down when it starts to get too cold outside. Simple frames can also have an interesting visual impact. Using empty frames as wall décor is a fresh idea which can also be applied to fences and other surfaces. It can be a simple and practical way of beautifying the outdoors without investing a lot of time, effort and money.

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