Green Lake Classic CraftsmanTraditional Deck, Seattle
Traditional craftsman home with covered back patio.
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2. Kids’ table. Many of us have childhood memories of eating at the picnic table — maybe one where our feet dangled off the floor and we had to stretch to reach our food on the table. On the back porch of this Craftsman home in Seattle, the kids get a table that’s just their size, nestled into a corner niche.
Prioritize certain improvements. You know that there are several areas of your home that need changes, but you don’t want to do all the projects at once. So where should you begin? Use your master plan to determine the possibilities and assess your priorities. Often a master plan can help you estimate prices for different project areas in your home; that way you can proceed based on your budget at the time. Maybe you need to tackle the kitchen first, and the master bedroom will have to wait. Either way, keeping the big picture in mind means that everything will work together in the end.
How to start. Take inspiration from your home's architecture, other exterior colors, the surroundings and your personality to narrow down your color choices. See:Clues to Finding the Right Color for Your House5 Easy Tips for Choosing Your Exterior Paint Palette
Update outdoor dining and hang-out zones. If you have been putting off decorating the outdoor spaces, now is the time to quit procrastinating and take action. It certainly doesn't need to be fancy, but having an outdoor dining and seating area in a vacation home is a must.
5. Never Rely on Paint Chips AloneJust like interior colors, exterior shades can vary significantly from the way they appear on the chip. And because painting an exterior is a bigger undertaking than simply painting a room, you’ll want to get them right the first time. Buy a quart of paint and test it on an inconspicuous area of your home. Study it at various times of day and under different weather conditions. How does it change with the light? Road testing it is the only way to determine for sure if you’ll be happy with it for years to come.Your turn: What colors did you choose for your exterior? Tell us in the Comments.More on HouzzChoosing Color: 1 Cottage, 6 Striking New Color SchemesGet more exterior inspirationWork with a siding contractorFind outdoor decor for your home
Orange: With Pantone naming Tangerine Tango the color of the year for 2012, it's never been a better time to think about a cheerful orange citrus shade. Consider adding a matching item, like the picnic table in this picture, by painting a rocking chair or your terracotta pots to match.