One way to easily spruce up the outside of your home is to use different shades and colors of paint to give it a unique look. However it’s tricky and challenging especially in choosing your exterior house paint colors. This article will help you decide what paint color will suit the exterior of your house.
Picking house paint colors isn’t just difficult. It can be terrifying! Choose colors that are blah, and your house will seem flat and featureless. But if the paint colors you pick are too bold, they might overwhelm the architecture—and upset the neighbors.
The best paint colors will highlight the most beautiful features of your home. Skillful use of color can even disguise design flaws, boosting the curb appeal and market value of your home.
How do you find that magic color combination? Check out these exterior paint ideas.
1. HONOR HISTORY
If you’re planning to paint an older home, you’ll probably want to use a historically accurate color scheme. You can hire a pro to analyze old paint chips and recreate the original color. Or, you can refer to a historic color chart and select shades that might have been used at the time your home was built. The simpler your house, the fewer colors you’ll need. For an elaborate Victorian house style, plan to use four to six colors. Think about the history of your house, because now you and what you do are part of that history.
2. JAZZ UP THE PAST
In some neighborhoods, homeowners fly in the face of history. Instead of choosing historically accurate colors, they paint their houses modern colors to dramatize architectural details. Using bright colors on old architectural details can produce startling and exciting results—if your local historic commission approves.
But before you buy 10 gallons of bubblegum pink, it’s a good idea to look at what your neighbors are doing. A fluorescent colored Victorian that looks splendid in San Francisco will seem wildly out of place in more conservative neighborhoods.