Choosing Exterior Paint Colors

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Looking for the perfect color palette that will compliment your style and the look of the home!

Your home’s exterior not only enhances its curb appeal but also changes perception of people on you. Selecting the exterior colors for your home can be daunting and often an expensive one. Color of your home is one of the biggest style determinants as it can make or break its curb appeal. Ideally, you want your home to be seamless.

Consider visual effect you want:

If you have a lot of green foliage surrounding your home, earthy tone works well. An off white color pops against lush background.  Good choice if your house is on a mountain or lake or shrouded by trees. White trims maintain a classic look and prevent the house exterior looking too bland when you are using brown colors. You might choose slight lighter or brighter color so that it stands out.

Architectural focal point elements

If your house already has focal point such as red roof or brickwork, select a palette that complements the existing hues rather than competes with it. Your house architectural points like roof shingles, stone work and pathways remain as they are. Make sure your color does not clash with the elements that are already there. Color is also used to complement and reinforce a home’s particular style. If you have a house covered in wood shingles aging to a soft and silvery gray, consider using a bright white for the trim. The white will be a strong contrast to the shingles, giving the home a tailored and refined look. Strive to balance colors over the entire building.

Consider the neighborhood

It is true that your home is yours. If there are no strict HOA rules, you are free to infuse your own style on the exterior. However, it is best to choose paint that blends and harmonizes with the neighborhood. Consider neighboring homes especially if they are in close proximity. Choose colors that set your house apart, without clashing with nearby buildings.

Honor your house architectural style

Curb appeal is pleasing blend that shapes everything outside a home. Color placement and harmony are really important when it comes to curb appeal. Victorian homes can look amazing in four or more artfully chosen colors, while a sleek and contemporary home typically looks better with more sophisticated treatments: two tones of a single color or harmonizing color combinations from the same color family. For classic look, consider white as it works well on traditional homes and contemporary ones.

Choose three or more different paint shade:

Essentially, an exterior color scheme has three major parts: field color which is the main color of the house, accent color for doors and shutters and other smaller areas and trim color for windows, door casings, roof edging, railings and other trim work. The trim color should contrast strongly with the field color. Alight field color would look stunning with dark trim colors.

Selecting several possible color options and creating sample panels are critical to get the color of your wish. Regardless of what schemes you choose, spend few extra dollars on high quality paints to avoid pre mature peeling and spotting.

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