1. Coordinate with Your Neighborhood.
Take a look around your neighborhood. If you live in a neighborhood that has one, your HOA may have a prefered palette of paint colors that fit their guidelines. Even if you live in an older neighborhood without an HOA, be considerate of your neighbors. Bright pink might not be the best option for your style of home— or neighborhood.
Keep your property value in mind. The right paint color could increase the value of your home, so it’s important to choose carefully. Coordinate and compliment the color scheme of your home with your community. While bold colors such as vivid blue, orange or yellow might be fine for some communities, there should be some agreement on those choices.
2. Highlight Architectural Details.
Highlight the architectural elements that make your house beautiful and interesting, such as the windows and doors, pitched rooftops, etc.
For exterior painting, the industry standard is to use at least two colors, one for the main area and one for the trim. Whether you want to use the darker shade for the outer walls of the house and the lighter for the trim is up to you. There are situations in which either option will work.
Consider how the colors you choose will highlight or downplay aspects of your architecture. You may decide to include a third color. For example, a contrasting accent color could highlight your front door. Also, lighter shades of main color, used on a porch, can make your home more inviting because light colors can result in a larger. more open, feel.
Paint is a great way to camouflage and minimize the impact of unattractive or uneven trim.
Keep the color and texture of your rooftop shingles in mind, along with the unalterable colors of your home— like roofing shingles, clay tiles, black rubber roofing material, brick, slate and/or other stone details and features. The color you choose should coordinate with and compliment the colors that are not going to change.
3. Examine the Landscape.
If your home is on a large lot surrounded by trees, a dark exterior color could make your home recede into the background and difficult to see. For the home shown above, a green color would definitely have that effect. Highlight your home and let it stand out! A lighter color can place your house front and center!
4. Consider Weather Conditions.
Have you ever noticed how Texas, Miami and California have brightly colored homes? Because the sun washes out colors, brighter choices work great in sunny climates.
5. Test Paint.
Apply sample colors to an exterior area of your house to see how they match up. The safe method is to choose two coordinating colors from a color strip. After all, color experts already did the coordination for you.
You can also experiment with some online apps that allow you to see color changes on your home through Sherwin Williams website, but ideally you will want to see the colors in your home’s actual lighting environment.
If all of this sounds overwhelming, keep in mind that DFW Painting now offers at Home Color Consultations! Take advantage of this option to enjoy the peace of mind of having a professional designer help pick out your colors!
For color inspiration, check out our “Exterior Painting” Pinterest gallery!