House colors have a big impact on curb appeal. Have you ever looked at your house and felt that it could use a change, or that it might not be the right color? There are several factors to consider when you are choosing colors for your house.
Details Matter in Choosing House Colors
First, take a good look at your house. Details like stonework or your roof are features that typically would not be painted. So use these as a place to get your inspiration for your new colors. When looking at these items what color stands out predominately to you? Do not look at the little flecks that make up the color of the stone or roof, but the overall color.
Next, consider choosing two or three colors for a house. The main color is going to be the siding color that will coordinate with your roof or stonework work. Keep in mind how the color will look outdoors. The light reflecting on it from the sun will probably make it appear lighter than the tiny chip. Working with a professional color consultant can get you large samples to compare.
Apply the large color chips or do samples of the colors you are considering to the different sides of your house to see in the various light.
Relate the house colors to the style of the house
Also, consider the style of your home. For example, a Victorian-style home can have earthy tones or vivid energetic colors, while a Farmhouse classically is white with black shutters, which would not necessarily complement the details on a Victorian-style house. This is why the style of a house has to be reviewed.
A modern style home looks good in a monochromatic color theme, whereby a craftsman style home would look best in colors relating to nature. Research different color combinations on Pinterest and Instagram for images and ideas.
The next color to consider is the trim. Typically trim is done in a white. When I say white you have to pay attention to the undertone of the main color you have chosen. If you have picked a brown toned paint for your house, you will want a more cream-colored trim. If you have picked a gray-toned paint you will want a whiter, cool-toned trim. This is where it can become a little tricky if you are not familiar with colors.
Last are the shutters, and/or doors. Again they need to relate to the elements that you cannot change with paint. Here a darker color that relates to the undertone of the main house will give the details a little pop. The door can be the same as the shutters or trim, or altogether different but be sure to relay it to the main color of the house.
As for the finish of paint flat or eggshell are good choices for wood or textured siding. The more texture the flatter your finish should be, the sheen of paint enhances the lumps and bumps. Hardie board and vinyl are good looking in eggshell or satin. Trim and doors look best in satin giving the features a rich look.
Have more questions? Feel free to contact me. If you do change your exterior and love the results shoot me a picture!
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