Choosing the Perfect Color For Your Home
Spring is in the air, our yards are starting to green up, and we are spending more time outdoors. Maybe you have noticed that the exterior of your home is not looking as fresh as it once was, or maybe you are craving a color change. If you are thinking of painting your house, one of the first decisions you need to make is what color you will be using. This is a color that you should love seeing day after day, and one that complements your home’s style and architecture. The next decision you need to make is how to get that color on your house, and Rent Painters is here to help! If you are in the Washington D.C. area, we can tackle your exterior house painting and give your home a fresh new look! Read on for some tips on how to choose the perfect color for your home.
If you are looking for a soft, mellow color palette for the exterior of your home, you can’t go wrong with neutrals. Tan, beige, soft gray or warm whites all can refresh your home while still being subtle and calming. If your landscaping is the highlight of your home, you may want your house to showcase your beautiful flowers and plants, not compete with them. Most homes will look wonderful in soft neutrals, and if you aren’t wanting to go bold on your home’s exterior, a neutral look is a safe choice.
Pops of Color
If you do choose to go with neutral colors on the body of your home’s exterior, you can still bring in pops of color and interest through the trim, doors, windows, and architectural details. A brightly colored door, in shades of yellow, red, or blue, can stand out on a plain exterior and lend interest to your home. Painting the trim a bright, vibrant shade can call attention to the details of your home, and bring in some color to an otherwise neutral facade. If your home has beautiful, unique architectural details, painting them a bright color can highlight them and make them stand out. Consider using a brighter color in small doses around the exterior of your home to lend interest without overpowering.
Dark colors can make a very small house look even smaller, but they can also add substance and importance. A dark grey or blue can really accent bright green bushes and trees, and will not show dirt as easily as lighter colors. A strong dark color can really make your house stand out, and bring out details that previously had faded into the background. Combining dark colors with pops of color on the trim, windows, or doors can create a beautiful visual effect. If you are wanting to go really dark with your paint color, remember that colors usually look lighter once they are on your house.
If your home is partially brick or stucco, or if your roof has a signature red tone, you will want to work with, not against, those colors. A blonde brick might not look as good next to a bright white paint job, and a blue slate roof won’t coordinate as well with a brown exterior. Look to the colors that already are present in the exterior of your home when choosing a new paint shade. You don’t need to match these existing colors exactly, but working with them will help you make your home as attractive as possible.
Consider the Style
Different styles of homes work better with particular colors. If your home has a lot of details, utilizing many colors can be a great way to accentuate each of those details, and really let them shine. If your home is rather plain, trying to use too many colors can actually backfire and end up looking sloppy or uncoordinated. Look to other homes that are similar in style to yours to get ideas and inspiration.
Be a Good Neighbor
You don’t need to be twins with your immediate neighbors, but noticing the general color scheme of your neighborhood is a good idea when choosing a new paint color. If your next door neighbor has a bright, vibrant home, you may want to make sure your bright color of choice will be complimentary. If every house on the block is a different shade of tan, a bright green home will really stand out. Maybe that is the look you are going for, but it is good to assess your neighborhood before starting your exterior paint job.
Don’t think that white is boring! White is a classic color choice that can bring some classic charm to any home. If your home is slightly smaller than your neighbors, white paint can make it seem bigger and more stately. White paint is a great choice for reflecting the sun’s rays, which make it last longer and retain less heat. If you are not using white on the main part of your house, it is a fantastic choice for the trim work. White paint can instantly clean up worn looking window frames or soffits, and draw the eye to any unique details of your home.
With so many choices, you are sure to find a home color that you really love! Rent Painters would love to help you with your exterior home painting jobs, and give you the home of your dreams. Contact us today to get started with your next painting project.