Choosing an exterior home color can be intimidating. There is a reason that color consultants charge upwards of $500 per home – it’s not an easy task! There are HOA’s stringent rules, keeping with historical color schemes, and trends that you should or should not follow!? Well, not to worry, today I’m going to offer a few tips to take the stress out of your exterior home color selection.
If your home is historical; I suggest researching the original color choices from your homes era. There are great resources to go to online and staying true to the architectural date and style is always a good choice, especially when it comes to resale.
If your in a HOA, make sure you check with the association to make sure you work with their color pallet. Some are not very strict, and you can submit your colors for approval if you don't find anything in their choices you like- but ask first before you spend time and money picking colors.
photo: This Old House; credit: Anthony Tieuli Brian Henn / Time In Digital Studios
2. Consider your neighbors and surrounding colors.
Simultaneous contrast is when two colors interact with each other and change our overall perception of that color. If done with out consideration - the color you paint may turn out to look another color or just plain blah next to your neighbors home. For example, the image below shows how the blue and yellow look as if they have the same green in the rectangle, but in fact, they are different. The green has been influenced by its surrounding color. (kind of looks like a mindcraft creature, right? I know you moms out there with young boys know what I mean!)
3. Stay away from trends.
Trends can date your home quickly. Unless you really love the color and are not considering selling soon you should really keep with a classic color that will last, such as the home pictured below.
4. Play up color with accent and trim colors.
Use an accent or trim color to highlight or hide details. If your main color is fixed or light, add some interest with a pop of color. Sometimes a simple change in the trim color can give your home the facelift you were looking for with out a huge hit to the budget.
5. Add more color.
If your home is a monochromatic (all one color) scheme, consider adding a new or complementary color to your trim and of course - the front door. Don't forget how powerful that punch of color is on the front door!
6. Consider the fixed elements.
Does your home have stone, brick or colors you can't or don't want to change? Consider those elements when choosing your main color. Most of the time, your color should match the undertone of your fixed elements.
7. Sample your colors!
Please don't paint your whole home with out sampling the color first. This could cost you! I recommend painting the color on a sample board and leaning it up to your home at different times of the day. You can also paint directly onto your home but remember - the current color of your home will trick your eye to see the color differently than if will be when it is all painted the same color.
Well, there you go, these should provide some help next time your considering exterior colors. There are many more tips I would like to share so follow my blog for more information on choosing paint colors!
When in doubt, hire a color consultant! I do online consults as well so please contact me for more information.
I have to confess, I have an obsession with painted furniture. It started about 15 years ago, when I first lived on my own. Painting your own furniture is like marking one's own territory saying, this is MY space! My first piece I painted was a rainbow of colors, distressed and very unique. I'm disappointed I didn't save a photo of it but I found a close match here, below. My dresser was white along the top and sides and a bit left from the top layer on the drawers.
Since then, my style has changed a bit and my next project was a overhaul of a thrift store vintage piece. I wanted a very large dresser that I had seen in the furniture stores. You just can't find a good quality dresser anymore! This is a solid piece. When we recently moved into a new home, I thought the movers were going to kill me for the weight of this thing. I like the simplicity of this piece and will make sure it stays with me on our next move!
I also love detailed, folk art pieces such as the ones from Sticks. I wish I had the patience to create something like this. It is really more of a work of art.
My current obsession in furniture painting is Chalk Paint, such as Anne Sloan's line. You can create distressed or naturally worn looking pieces such as this beautiful red piece or the blue piece from Blue Egg Brown Nest.
If you are as obsessed with painted furniture as I am, please check out my store where I am now selling my own painted pieces. Contact me with any questions you may have.
I hope that you will have a creative day and don't be afraid to up-cycle an outdated piece that has caught your attention!
I found this great Country Living magazine from 2013 in the library and wanted to share it with you! It visually shows how paint and color can transform a room into the space that fits you best.
Four rooms were considered for this cover. I like how the paint literally transforms the look and feel of each room. In room one, Bleached Slate is used on the walls room two used Last Day Sun, three Sable Evening and four, Tropical Bay. All paints are Valspar paints.
All of these rooms work, but I gravitate toward first room with Bleached Slate paint and turquoise accessories! Which is your preferred choice?
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