As we all know, there’s no place like home. But like many of the things we cherish, our homes often need a facelift. If renovating your entire house sounds like an expensive and overwhelming endeavor, you can opt for an affordable paint job to put the spunk back into your sanctuary. The best part is we’ve got all the tips you need to help you choose the right exterior paint color for your home. Read on for more.
Think bold, not bland
We all know there’s no joy in playing it too safe as this can cause your house to look flat and dull. The opposite is also true, going too extreme can distract instead of complement. Remember that the whole point to your paint job is to bring out your home’s most coveted features. So, while it’s okay to take liberties when choosing a paint color, you should do so with caution.
Let the architecture speak to you.
The perfect place to seek inspiration is in the design of your home. If your nest has a vintage architecture to it then looking to the past should inform your present. Team up with a professional who can advise you on historically suitable color schemes and help refurbish old paint layers to help bring a modern twist to your old-school home. If you’re leaning more on the nostalgic side, you can recreate the house’s original color. According to Sotheby’s real estate simplistic architecture is complemented by fewer colours, while a more sophisticated design calls for more colors.
Technology is your friend
There are plenty of apps and software programs that can help you test colours on your house and make the colour combination in your mind come to life. Alternatively, you can photocopy a sketch or photograph of your house and use colouring pencils or watercolors to experiment.
Stick to your surroundings
An exterior facelift is not just going to affect you; it’ll also impact your neighbors. That’s why you should consider what effect the colours you choose will have beyond your yard. You have a myriad of options before you, including complementing or contrasting your neighbours colour palette.
Your environment also contributes largely to your final decision. If you live in a green area adorned by trees and nature, then earth tones can carry this theme through to your home. Alternatively, if you live by the beach consider bright colours like turquoise and blue that will complement the sea water’s hue.
The weather in your area can influence the colour you choose as well. Bright sunshine can distort the appearance of colour or it can bring out the depth of the hue.
Painting is all about the finer details. Your interior colour scheme has an influence on the exterior. The materials used to build your house such as brick or stone and even the roof, all serve as guides leading you to your final pick. The aim is to create balance, cohesion and harmony.
Consider the effects of colours on your space. Lighter colours create the illusion of a bigger space whereas darker colours conversely make a space look smaller and more intimate. Darker colours can create a mood and you can use shadows to highlight details within your home. It’s important to note that painting over a large area can distort the appearance of paint. Therefore, it’s advisable to opt for lighter paint for larger areas.
In case you find all this jargon confusing, educating yourself about colour families can help calm your nerves. Colour families refer to the spectrum of shades and tones of colours. Sometimes playing it safe is the boldest choice. Instead of creating too much contrast you can stay within a colour family and just play on the lighter and darker shades of a colour.
Some rules don’t need to be broken
Exterior colour schemes traditionally comprise of three parts namely: field, accent and trim colour. Field colour refers to the dominant colour. Accent colour is the subtle hue that can brighten doors, shutters and other elements. Trim colour refers to the colour used on edges, railings and the smaller details. Experts advise people to contrast the trim colour with the field colour. However, if you’re a rebel you can create a monochrome effect.
Better safe than sorry
Test the paint out on a small area first to see if it gives you the desired effect in different weather conditions and lighting. When choosing your colour, consider the maintenance that comes with it. Darker colours take in heat and require more maintenance than lighter ones. Glossier paint is more susceptible to showing imperfections. All colours have their advantages and disadvantages. It’s all a matter of finding the right one for you.