One of the easiest ways to improve your home’s curb appeal is to change or improve your exterior paint color. Read on to see how this article can help you choose the perfect exterior paint color!
Accentuate the Past: There is something to be said about exterior paint colors of the past. This is especially true if you are lucky enough to own a house of a certain, definable architectural style; whether it is Victorian, Cape Cod, or Craftsman, etc. If you have the help of a designer (and most of the professional or contractor paint shops offer such an expert) then ask him or her to find paint samples from the era in which your home was built.
Be Aware of Neighbors’ Exterior Paint Colors
Whatever you decide will be your exterior paint colors, but try to consider what will work in your neighborhood. You may be limited further by Home Owners’ Association covenants, so be sure to look into those covenants as well. By and large, being a good neighbor is something you ought to factor in. Will the colors you are leaning towards fit in the overall feel of the neighborhood? Can you manage to be unique without being the eyesore? You also want the home to harmonize with the rest of the house; think not just of the neighborhood whole, but think of your house’s whole.
What color is your roof? Is it slate, aluminum, copper, cedar shakes? Though you don’t need to match your paint to your shingles, the colors should fit together somehow. Another consideration is the landscaping and natural elements around the house. Are you in a wooded area? Is there a lake nearby? These can suggest color families to help you decide your exterior paint colors.
The Inside Affects the Outside
If you have a favorite quilt on display, or perhaps a piece of fine china, that would make a great design motif for exterior paint colors. Don’t be afraid to pull the colors for your home from that piece and translate it onto your exterior. This adds a sense of harmony and integrity in design and can be as subtle or obvious as you’d like. All you’re after is inspiration, not demonstrating to the outside world the connection between a quilt and exterior paint. It’s a personal thing: if the colors on this quilt or that plate caught your eye, then they’d likely work well for you on your home.
Consider Choosing White
With the right complementary touches, white can be a fantastic exterior paint color option. Don’t think of it as a last resort or a default color; white is not a non-choice. White has its stately appeal. Bonus: if your home is a bit smaller than neighboring homes, white tends to make homes look larger than life. It will also last longer under the harsh solar glare since it repels harmful UV rays better than other colors.
Darker Details Make the Exterior Paint Color
Darker colors are great for drawing the eye to architectural details you don’t want to be missed. If you have an archway or trim, or any particular feature you want highlighted, draw attention with darker colors. Darker colors make things appear a bit smaller than they are, and are a great choice for recessed panels. If you have features that protrude from the wall surface, highlight those with lighter colors as they will stand out more against the darker shade. But be careful if you use darker colors as your field exterior paint color. In that case, be sure to use a higher sheen to ward off UV damage. Darker colors will fade quicker otherwise.