Wednesday, January 13, 2016
It can be easy to forget about the exterior of your home and only focus on the interior, but the outside of the home is just as important. In fact, many people first judge your home by its outward appearance, so it is essential that you take some time to paint it the right color and add decorations that sync with the color and theme.
Below, we will go over some tips to help you choose the right exterior paint color for your home.
1. Keep in Mind Some Things Don’t Change
There are elements of your home or yard that will not change or will be difficult to change. For example, your roof shingles, the color of the bricks in your driveway, and other similar items. Although you could change these items, it would take a lot of work to do so and if they are in good condition, why bother.
You should match your paint color to these elements and keep them in mind when you are choosing your décor for the exterior as well.
2. Choose More Than One Color
While you may be tempted to slap a single paint color all over your home, you should not. The minimum recommended number of colors is two, but you are better off with free. For instance, you can paint the home one color, contrast that color with white trim, and then paint the door and inner window sills and features another color.
Also, you need to remember to alternate between light and dark colors to provide the right contrast as well. Therefore, if you choose a darker red or blue hue for your home’s exterior, choose beige, white, or a light gray for the trim work, etc.
3. Match the Color to Your Home’s Theme
When we say match the color to the theme, we are not talking about on the interior. If your home is a country-style home, one paint color may work better with your home than another. The same is said for Victorian style homes and even mid and modern century homes.
4. Don’t Forget to Test the Color
A color swatch is great for getting an idea of what you want, but is not something that should be heavily relied upon. Painting the exterior of your home is no small endeavor and you should purchase a small test can of the color you like and apply it to a small section of the exterior to see if it is the right color and whether or not you like it.
If you are planning on painting the exterior of your home, you need to keep the above four tips in mind. You want your home to look amazing and also feel amazing and you can create that feeling by simply choosing the right colors.