The right decoration for the foundation of a house completes the exterior appearance. The typically small area at the base of the home is usually left undecorated by builders. The siding or paint of the home ends at this point leaving bare concrete visible. Painting and other methods of decoration are available to improve this unsightly area.
Color Matching Paint
Diminish the appearance of a home's foundation by painting the area darker than the color of the home. The use of primer on the concrete is often necessary. A darker shade gives the appearance of a shadow falling on the bottom of the home, further hiding the foundation area. Find a color one to two shades darker. If the house is a bright shade or color, such as yellow or red, try going more than just a few shades darker. For a deep color or shade, such as royal blue or forest green, consider painting the exact color to simply blend the foundation into the rest of the home. For the brave decorator, or one who likes to stand out in the neighborhood, contrast the color of the foundation using an opposite color for the area. For example, a white house receives a black foundation or a red house receives a blue.
A Little Lattice
Decorative lattice is typically found in gardens holding vines and plants in place or forming walls. Use lattice to hide the foundation area of the home. Lattice is available in wood varieties both finished and unfinished from garden and home supply stores. Cut the lattice to cover the foundation so it fits under the siding or brick. Paint or stain the lattice to match the home. Use only a clear coat for a natural or rustic look. Bury the lattice into the ground around the foundation of the home so the top is flush with the bottom of the siding or brick. Decorate the lattice if desired with durable fake vines and flowers or leave as is for a simple look.
One way to hide a house's foundation is to landscape around the area. For the person with a green thumb or a love of gardening, supply seasonal plants large enough to cover the area. For the less enthusiastic gardener who still appreciates plants, consider growing small evergreen trees around the base of the home. While they do require maintenance, the trees will consistently cover the area without seasonal replanting. Consider a large rock collection such as river rocks or small boulders to form a barrier around the edge of the home and cover the exposed foundation. Fake rocks are available at garden stores for this purpose.