Spring is in full bloom here in Colorado and that means a big increase in exterior color consultations! I love this time of year - being able to assist so many who want to freshen up their homes with an updated color scheme. I have learned many tools of the trade for choosing Exterior Paint Colors and wanted to share a few with you today.
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The number one tip is ...
Work With What You Got! So what does that mean? Start with looking at the fixed elements on your home - your roof, tile, stone...anything that has color that you cannot change - and work with that. The best suggestion is to pick a color in the stone or roof and choose a similar paint color. Or, take a fixed element like brick and choose a complementary paint color that will make it pop. For example, I tend to use Green Gray paint with Warm Red brick - take a look at the photo below to see how those colors really complement each other.
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Don't Match Your Neighbor's Paint Color - I was passing a home recently and saw someone that was just wrapping up an exterior paint job. It was a beautiful dark gray, which I would usually love for being quite different and new. However, the identical house next door had an identical color scheme, right down to the accent. I was really shocked! I had to wonder if they asked their neighbor before they painted their house to match? Now these two dark homes stick out like a sore thumb! This is a big NO NO and the HOA will usually catch it, but sometimes it isn't noticed until it is too late. It really doesn't make your home look better - it just leads neighbors and visitors to notice that someone wasn't original. Now these homes will always be noticed together instead of independently. This photo is not the home I was talking about, but it shows two homes that are too similar in paint color.
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Stay With the Style of the Neighborhood - Please don't go painting your home bright turquoise if you're not in an eclectic, historic neighborhood! Yesterday, I saw bright purple trim on a cookie cutter home within an HOA neighborhood! I have no idea how that one slipped by the Architectural Review committee, but it was ugly and I know the neighbors don't enjoy seeing it everyday (one of the neighbors was a client and she was not happy!). I am all for creativity and adding pop to your home, but if you want to do this, I suggest giving me or an Architectural Color Consultant a call first. Fun colors are for front doors or shutters and features like plant containers or exterior furniture. If you live in an historic district where the homes pop color with Victorian or Craftsman schemes, then by all means go for that style. Just don't do it in suburban HOA communities, as this is not going to bring value or style to your home.
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Test Your Paint Color! This is really a no-brainer and I am surprised how many people move forward without testing and looking at their final colors before they paint. The easiest way to test color is to purchase a poster board and paint the colors on the board. The top line should be fascia color, the body of the board is siding or main color, trim on the side, and accents along the bottom. Hold this up along any fixed elements such as brick, stone, etc. How does it look? If something feels off, then it probably is. Look at the color in the front of the home, the back of the home, and in the morning, afternoon and evening. The color will change throughout the day, so make sure you like it at all times.
Consult a Professional - Yes, I do think you should call me before you paint. I have assisted hundreds of homeowners choose the right colors to create an exterior they love, while helping them avoid making mistakes they'll regret. I know what works and what doesn't so you don't have to take a risk on your home. Painting an exterior is not cheap, so hiring a color consultant to help you understand what is best for your home is like insurance on that painting investment.
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