Choosing an exterior paint color for your home can seem like a daunting task. While some homeowners feel the freedom to change interior paint colors on a whim, painting your exterior is a bigger project and one that will remain the same for a much longer time.
Looking inside your own home at your interior decorating style is a great place to start your inspiration for choosing your exterior paint color. You may find that you lean more towards neutral interior paint colors with just a pop of more color here and there. Or you may be one to be bold and choose bright colors when painting a room. Either way, choosing exterior house paint colors has its own rules.
Here are a few things to consider when choosing exterior color schemes.
Tour your neighborhood
Take some time to stroll or drive around your neighborhood to see what other homeowners have done. This is the best way to see what you like and don’t like and what looks good and what does not. It is fine to want your home to stand out, but be sure that whatever color you choose flows with the other houses on your street. Choosing a color that doesn’t work with those around you will make your home stand out in the wrong way.
Consider the parts of your exterior that are permanent
The exterior paint color you choose will need to look good next to your roof, patio, walkways, and driveway. Areas like trim and other accents such as shutters can be changed with an outdoor paint that complements your main color.
Architectural style matters
Whether your home is a Craftsman bungalow, Victorian, mid-century modern, or some other style, choose a color scheme that makes sense. Many paint manufacturers now make collections of colors that are historically accurate for certain home styles. Use these collections as your starting off point for color inspiration. You won’t be too limited in color choices, but you’ll also be in keeping with the architectural style of your home.
Test it out
While taping up a few paint chips around your interior walls may be enough to find the right interior paint color, this just won’t work with your exterior. Spend the extra money to buy samples of the colors you like and paint a few places around your exterior. Colors look different in sunlight at different times of day. It will save you time and headaches to be sure you love the color with a small sample before painting your entire home.
For help choosing the right color and all your painting needs, contact New Life Painting for our expert advice.
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