Follow these exterior painting tips to avoid the most common mistakes in color selection. Exterior paint color schemes should be given as much effort as any interior room in your house.
Exterior House Painting Tips for Color Choices
1. Be a Good Neighbor
Before you start, look around your neighborhood. Notice the existing exterior color schemes near your home.
If you live within a HOA, your choices might be limited, but you can usually mix and match certain colors within the HOA's approved paint color selection.
The colors you choose should not clash with the nearest houses on all sides of your home. Your exterior color scheme can affect the resale value and curb appeal of everyone in the area.
2. Consider Your Landscape
Trees, bushes, blooming foliage, rock, stone, and other more permanent landscape elements should compliment your exterior paint colors.
Contrasting colors are usually best. For instance, add lighter tones to the palette if you have a lot of shade, dark landscaping, and a dark roof.
Lawn art, furniture, and other decor certainly play a part in defining the right color palate. But you can change these items to complement your paint scheme at any time.
3. Choose the Number of Colors in Your Scheme
Exterior painting generally requires, at a minimum, two colors. One for the siding, and another for trim. Many exterior paint schemes include additional colors for accents and accessories.
A bold or coordinating front door paint color can add a lot of character to any style for an eye-catching look or inviting warmth.
Play with Sherwin William's color tools to narrow down the exterior paint color combinations you like.
Exterior House Painting Tips for Architectural Style
Consider the characteristics and features of your home's architecture. This should have some influence on your color choices.
4. Choose Your Exterior Paint Color Style
The first two exterior house painting tips reveal colors and color combinations to avoid. The third tip establishes an architectural niche.
Now, it's time to decide on the style you're going for such as classic, bold, formal, earthy, traditional, elegant, or simple charm.
Take style deeper by considering the atmosphere you want to create from beach cottage, Tuscan, modern, or farmhouse to Southwest, tropical, nautical, contemporary, or historic.
The better your color choices fit your personality, the more you're going to love coming home and spending time outdoors.
Color Matching and Consultation
Kimberly Painting offers color matching services as well as color consultation for both exteriors and interiors. Ready to paint your exterior? Schedule a free estimate consultation.
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