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How to Add Curb Appeal with Exterior Moulding
When you want your house to stand out from the others on your street, adding exterior moulding accents is a great option. This is especially true in neighborhoods where the same plans were used to build every house, so that they all look the same even if they are different colors.
By adding exterior mouldings, homeowners can give their unique home a makeover that improves both curb appeal and resale value.
First Things First: What Are Exterior Moulding Accents?
Exterior moulding accents are design elements, such as door and window trim, lintels, and mounting blocks for doorbells and lights, and more. No matter your home’s architectural style, there are complementary exterior moulding styles that can enhance and enliven any home’s appearance.
Exterior Moulding Materials: Better Now Than Ever Before
Not long ago, all interior and exterior moulding was made only from wood. Today, homeowners and contractors alike have more material choices. You can still opt for wood, but several synthetic materials, like PVC, are also available.
Wooden exterior house moulding requires regular painting or staining to maintain its color and prevent rotting. On the other hand, synthetic materials are engineered to maintain their color and last for many years with little maintenance. These materials also weigh less and are more durable than wood. Best of all, synthetic exterior trims come in a wide range of styles and price points to fit every homeowner’s unique style and budget.
Exterior Moulding Accent Considerations
When considering adding exterior accents to any home, even just a few small changes can have dramatic impacts and boost curb appeal. Whether simply adding or upgrading mouldings around windows or putting new trim around the front door, every change is an improvement. If you’re looking for inspiration, consider some of our design advice for your home’s exterior, such as learning how to match your windows to your siding or upgrading your front door design.
Homeowners should also know the architectural style of their home and select exterior accents that are complementary to that style. For example, ornate Victorian Gingerbread trim would not look good on a Mission-style home. When you select moulding designs for your home’s exterior that are in keeping with its architectural design, you will get the best results.
No matter what architectural style the home is, changing the exterior trim around your front door and windows can be the perfect makeover. From Victorian to modern and Craftsman to Mission, there are exterior trim styles to fit every home.
Exterior Window Trim
A visually interesting way to make windows stand out is to add a decorative lintel above them. This accent adds an element of stateliness to the home. Installing a lintel above the front door is also a great way to increase a home’s appeal and elegance. Especially If your home doesn’t have shutters, a decorative lintel can really balance the look of certain window styles.
Less Obvious Exterior Trim Pieces
When adding accents to a home’s exterior, homeowners should also consider some smaller upgrades, like installing mounting blocks behind light fixtures, wall-mounted mailboxes, and doorbells. Mounting blocks, especially, are extra touches that give these your home a more polished look.
Need Design Advice? Visit Our TMC Showrooms
Homeowners in the Bay Area who want to give their home a curb appeal makeover should consult with our exterior design here at The Moulding Company. We’re ready to help you determine not only which exterior accents would be best for your particular home and architectural style, but also which accents would have the most impact without breaking your budget.
Visit our TMC showrooms throughout California to learn more about how exterior moulding accents can boost curb appeal and home value. We’re looking forward to working with you!