How to Choose Your Exterior Paint Palette

How to Choose Your Exterior Paint Palette

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Painting a house can be quite an undertaking, and even more so if you have no idea which colour palette you want for it. Not only should you consider the architectural style of your house but also the visual effect you want to achieve and a few more aspects before you make your final decision. If you’re having a hard time opting for the right colour palette and you don’t know what to look for, check out the following tips and you’ll make the right choice without much fuss.

 

Think about your home’s architectural style and era

The first thing to think about when you decide to paint your house is whether the hue you’re having in mind will be appropriate for the architectural style of the house. One colour won’t look the same on a mid-century modern ranch house, a Craftsman bungalow or on a Queen Anne Victorian style building, so make sure you think it through. Would you find a classic Federal-style house painted in deep orange attractive? We think not, which is why you should adhere to historical guidelines if you want to have a pleasant colour on your home. Intricate details on a Victorian style house will look amazing if painted in a stand-out hue. A more restrained colour palette would be the best choice for a Spanish colonial revival.

Choose at least three different shades

The field colour, accent colour, and trim colour make up an exterior scheme, which is why you should use a different hue for each of the three parts. The trim colour, which is used for window and door casings, roof edging and railings, is supposed to contrast the field colour which dominates the entire exterior. Therefore, if you opt for a dark grey for field colour, it would be amazing if your trim colour was white. A bright red door can create a fabulous dramatic effect since accent colours bring doors, shutters and other smaller areas to life. If you don’t think you can do all the work on your own it would be a good idea if you looked for quality painting services because professionals will do their job quickly and flawlessly, leaving your home look brand new.

 

What visual effect are you aiming for?

Another thing to think about is the visual effect you’d like your house to have on others. If the house sits back from the road or amid a cluster of towering trees, a slightly lighter shade will help the house stand out and become more obvious among all that greenery. On the other hand, a darker shade is great for making the house appear to recede. However, if you’re a fan of bold, bright hues, feel free to paint your home a dark grey colour and have the door in bright, almost neon lime colour. Use bold hues on the fascia and door and window trim, and your home will look outstanding.

 

Don’t forget about the neighbouring houses

One more thing to consider before choosing the colour palette for your home’s exterior is the colours of the neighbouring houses. Most likely there’s a common palette to which you should adhere. Namely, if most of the houses are painted in neutral shades of brown, grey, white or beige, maybe you could choose taupe for the field colour and work your way around it with accent and trim colours. Using bright hues in a neighbourhood of neutral hues wouldn’t be aesthetically pleasing, but in the end, it’s up to you.

If you had a hard time deciding which colour you should paint your home with, the previously mentioned tips were certainly quite helpful and now you can start with the painting process. Just make sure you know how to do it, and if you’re not so confident about your painting skills, feel free to look for professionals who’ll offer you their painting services at a very affordable price and get the work done perfectly.

By Diana Smith