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Painting the Outside of Your House. Where To begin?


Painting the outside of your home is a chance to give your house a facelift and increase curb appeal. Whether your personality is daring or shy here is a list of tips to consider before moving forward with choosing colors.

Before calling the painter, go through these three steps.

Your Neighborhood

The purpose of considering what color themes the neighborhood is using is because you may not want your house to stick out like a sore thumb if you are not comfortable with that.  You want your house to be unique, but you probably don’t want your house to appear as a neon sign in your neighborhood.

Take pictures of the houses you do like so you can view them later.  This may feel a bit creepy, but your intentions are good.  Just be discreet.

Landscape Lighting

One consideration often overlooked is how the outside of your house looks at night.  Here are some questions to ask yourself:  Is there light outside?  Where is the light coming from?  What part of the house is the light showing?  If you have landscape lighting around your property to enhance your landscape, how is that affecting the way the colors look on the house?

If you have little lighting and you choose darker colors, your house will be nearly invisible.  It would be better to go with light colors when there is little lighting at night, or plan on adding landscape lighting.

Landscape lighting enhances key features of your landscape along with key areas of the outside of your house.  It creates ambiance and illuminates the beautiful areas of the house.

It is a good idea to take a drive around your neighborhood at night as well while looking at houses.

Four Areas of the Outside of Your House

There are four areas of the outside of your house to consider when painting.

  1. Primary area: the main walls
  2. Trim: these are the “lines”
  3. Accents: shutters, doors and other items
  4. Roof: top of the house

Painting the Primary Area of Your House

This area includes the main walls and will be the primary color of your house.  Something to consider is that you can use a secondary color for the primary area.

Think of it as a pair of two tone oxfords or a 1947 Cadillac.  It’s a nice additional color if you can make it work.  Notice the two tones in the house below.  They used green and beige for their primary colors.

 

two-tone-house-with-linesPainting the Trim of Your House

When we’re talking about the trim we’re talking about “lines”.  Think of this like the outlines of the pictures you use to color as a child.  These are not thought of so much as accent colors, rather lines that enclose colors.

They are meant to stand out, but how much to stand out is entirely up to you.

 

accents-housePainting the Accents of Your House

Accents include shutters, doors, garage doors and many other possible items on or around the house.

The garage door has the most options because it can be painted as a primary color, secondary color or accent color.  The entry door is another great option for adding an accent color.

The most common entry door colors are reds and blues.  Accents can be small or large items of the house and can be attached or detached.  The ideas here are pretty endless.

The Roof of Your House

Although the roof of your house is not something you will be painting, it is something to consider in the color theme.  Most house roofs are a neutral color, but if yours is not it’s a good idea to look at it.

Step back far enough to see your entire house and notice how much area of the house is showing.  Take a picture so you can refer to it later when you’re looking house colors.