Exterior paint is the most cost effective way to change the appearance of your home. It’s also a great way to add curb appeal and enhance the resale value of your home if you are looking to sell. However, unlike your interior paint color, there is some added pressure when painting the exterior as it can affect the entire street’s vibe. Since the color you choose will make a first impression, some planning is advised before you make such a commitment.
Things such as landscaping, hardscaping, and roofing need to be taken into consideration. Don’t let your home fall victim to unflattering stares. Follow these tips to choose a color scheme that works for your home’s unique style and surroundings.
Take a good look at your landscaping. Consider your trees that may change color throughout the year as well as flowers, shrubs, and the color of your compost. These things will help you select a palette for compatibility. Keep in mind that wooded lots will cause paint colors to look darker due to the shade. Greens and navy blues are not ideal in this situation.
When you paint you will also want to look at the elements that are most difficult to change. Facades such as roof shingles or tiles, stonework, pathways and driveways will remain so consider colors that harmonize well will these surfaces.
Consider Your Home’s Style
Consider your home’s architectural style and era. Your exterior paint palette should feel appropriate and honor its unique features. Check out your fellow neighbors’ homes to see what schemes they are using or check with a few different paint manufacturers and ask if they offer historically accurate schemes. You don’t have to follow the scheme to a “T”, unless codes for your home and neighborhood specify otherwise, but it can be an excellent springboard for your palette. If you have an HOA, check with them about their guidelines before conducting your paint search.
Choose 3-4 Different Paint Shades
Your exterior scheme should have three to four parts. The field color, the trim color, and the accent color are the traditional three. Some homeowners choose to have a bright colored door that contrasts with the rest of the home for their fourth color. The field color dominates the home’s exterior. Traditionally, white, light, neutral colors have been perceived as safe choices for this. However as the years have progressed homeowners have gained more confidence with color and a broader spectrum of colors have been made available.
The trim color is used for window and door casings, roof edgings, railings and other trim work. For the best result, the trim should contrast with the field color. If your field color is dark, consider a light trim. If your field color is light, consider a dark color. The contrasting colors will have a dramatic effect acting as eyeliner for your home. Finally, the accent color should bring doors, shutters, and other smaller areas to life. As a rule of thumb this color should be a shade darker or lighter than your field of color.
Feel free to go bold with your color scheme, just don’t go overboard. You want to blend into the neighborhood. Bright red and yellow doors can be just the thing to give your home the right amount of spice.
Don’t Rely on the Paint Swatches
Just like your interior paint color, exterior paint shades can vary significantly than how they appear on the chip. It’s a good idea to buy a quart of paint to test it on a concealed portion of your siding. Study how the colors looks together at different times of day. Consider how it changes with the light and weather. It is best to find out you’re not pleased with the color before you paint your entire house.
Something to consider: If you want to scale down your home size, go with a deeper tone on the upper portion. This is called reverse trim color and is effective on small lots with immature landscaping. Conversely, a darker tone on the lower part of the home will ground it to the earth. If your home is placed far away from the curb, consider a painting the exterior a light color to visually bring it forward.
Stay Out of the Gutter
One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when painting the exterior of their home is accenting the unattractive elements of their home. When painting, stay away from the gutters, downspouts, air conditioning units, uneven windows, and a protruding garage door. Rather than hiding these features, paint will highlight them, and you don’t want to bring any further attention to these parts of your home .
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