One of life’s most pleasant rewards is the pride of standing in front of your freshly painted home, hands on hips, taking it all in. It’s a feeling of immense contentment, seeing everything clean and tidy, in colors that you really like, and all the work finally complete. You can depend on All American Painting & Construction Inc, to help you reach that point of satisfaction. So when it comes to color, our tips can help you choose combinations you’ll love for many years to come.
Be kind to the neighbors
Look around at the colors of other homes in your neighborhood. Don’t be a copycat, but instead do your best to blend in. Your house painted deep eggplant could be an eyesore on a street of white Colonials. But in a neighborhood of quaint Victorians, eggplant could work beautifully. Choose colors that complement surrounding properties and avoid choices that startle passersby.
Consider the climate
Color schemes vary radically depending on the region where you reside and the typical weather in that area of the country. A light blue house that appears bright and reflective in Arizona will feel icy and cold in Upstate New York. Homes in warm regions are often painted white or earthy colors to reflect the sun and keep the structure cool, while homes in colder regions use darker colors to absorb sunlight and create warmth.
Put your best foot forward
Emphasize the attractive features of your home: the front door, shutters, stone foundation, or other positive features. Then blend in details that aren’t as special: gutters and downspouts, that awkward add-on, or an unattractive chimney. A neutral tan house with white windows will dress up beautifully with a rusty copper or clay red front door along with a bittersweet chocolate color on the window sills and aprons (the trim at the bottom of the window).
Consider your landscape
Highlighting your plantings and flowers adds immediate appeal to your home. Dark olive green and rich brown exteriors look stunning behind pink, lavender, and blue blossoms. Buttery yellow and creamy peach houses appear even more cheerful with plant colors of orange, purple, and white.
Test your colors first
Painting large brush-outs of your color choices on each side of your house and alongside key elements such as windows, decks, brick, and railing can be your final color check. View your choices several times from morning into evening to see how the colors change throughout the day. Colors in shady areas will appear darker, while colors exposed to sunlight may look more washed out.
Interesting trim colors add appeal
White and black are timeless trim color choices. However, newer colors for shutters, window trim, and railings can make a huge difference. To better define plain windows, paint the sill and apron in a strong color. Or paint a band of color around small windows to give the illusion of greater size. To complement stone or brick elements, look at dark charcoal, taupe, and chocolate for the trim to bring out the richest tones of those materials. Contrast is the key ingredient of a successful color scheme. Look at dark trim for light houses, soft trim for dark houses, and creamy trim for bright houses. You’ll be thrilled with the results and that feeling of contentment will spring up time and again when you arrive home after a long day.