The last thing you want to do is be the house on the block that either blinds people or makes them throw up because of your unattractive paint job. Not wanting this to happen, unfortunately, is enough to make anyone apprehensive about choosing an exterior paint color. Fortunately, there are a lot of easy steps you can take to make sure you paint your home a color that works.
Plan Around The Existing Elements of Your Home
There are some elements of your home that are not easy to change unless you are doing a full renovation. This includes surfaces such as roof shingles, stonework, driveways, or pathways. It is important to take the colors of these elements into consideration as you are making your choice.
Take a look at the undertones of the different elements and see if you can come up with a color that mixes well with them. For example, are the elements a cluster of warm colors (khaki, brown, and beige) or cool colors (black, gray, and blue)? Consider choosing another warm or cool color to match the undertone your home already has.
Think About What Type of Visual Impact You Want To Have
What kind of impact do you want the visual appeal of your home to have on people? Namely, do you want your home to stand out or do you want it to fade into the background? A color that is a slightly brighter or lighter shade than the colors of landscaping and neighboring homes around it will make it pop and stand out. A color that is a darker than the surrounding colors will make your home recede into the background. There is no right or wrong way to go about this particular decision as it is just a matter of personal preference.
Avoid Mistakes Homeowners Commonly Make
Drawing Attention to Unattractive Features: One of the biggest mistakes you can make is drawing attention to the unattractive elements of your home with an accent. For example, do not paint the trim of the uneven window on the side of your home a vibrant color. You should also avoid accenting air conditioning units, protruding garage doors, and gutters.
Not Considering The Neighbors: Unfortunately, you also have to take into consideration the houses neighboring your home. You want to avoid choosing a color scheme that clashes with your neighbor's homes color schemes. Go with a subtle color scheme that blends into the theme your neighborhood already has.
Not Considering The Landscaping: The landscaping surrounding your home is just as important as the neighboring houses. You need to stop and ask yourself if the trees, flowers, or shrubs will change colors with the seasons. While the vibrant green tree might look great with the color you have chosen now, will it still look good when the tree is orange, red, and gold for the fall season? Heavily wooded areas will make colors appear darker than they actually are. This must also be taken into account as you may not want to completely camouflage your home either.
As you can see, there are a lot of things to consider when choosing new residential exterior painting options. As long as you are observant of the area surrounding your home, you should have no trouble finding a color that works.