There are so many things to consider when repainting the
exterior of your home. After you choose a painter and
decide on the type of paint you want to use, you then have
the task of deciding on a color. For some people this
comes easily, for others, decorating or changing the
exterior of their home is daunting.
Here are some tips for choosing exterior paint colors:
Stay true to the traditional color scheme for your type of
home. For example, a New England Salt Box looks great in
blue-gray tones. Victorian homes can have a variety of
colors, look at the bottom layer of paint for a clue to
your home’s original paint scheme. If your home is in a
wooded area, you might want to choose earth tones.
Many paint stores now offer computer imaging so you can
get an idea of the look of the colors you are considering.
This way you can avoid a surprise after buying hundreds of
dollars worth of paint.
If, for example, you like a bright yellow or blue color,
consider selecting a color in a slightly muted tone. A
large area of bright color can have a larger impact than
you may want.
Look at homes in your neighborhood or in decorating
magazines. This is a great way to find paint colors. If
you like the color of a house in your neighborhood, ask
the homeowner if he or she would share the color name and
brand of paint they have used. If you find a color scheme
you like in a magazine, it is fairly easy to have the
colors matched at your local paint store.
Use pre-selected color schemes from your local paint
store. Many paint manufacturers will group complimentary
color pallets. These are suggestions for trim, accents and
the body of the house.