When customers come to us asking what color or colors to use on the exteriors of their homes, we have a lot to say on the subject. Mostly, a home exterior painting company really want to get to know you before we recommend any particular color or colors. Telling a customer that he/she should paint his/her house barn door red just because it’s an underused color is not the way we do business. Here are all the factors that go into picking the right exterior paint colors and tips to help you choose what’s right for you.
Matching the Style of Your Home
The architectural style of one’s home often dictates what colors would be most apropos. For example, you could paint a stucco exterior white, but it looks better in blue, gray, yellow, or peach. You could paint a ranch home in brick red, but it looks better in white, gray or blue. A plantation home in the neoclassical style only looks good in whites, creams, beiges and taupes. Examine your home and imagine what color schemes would fit with the style before choosing a color family.
Choosing a Color Family
Next, you should choose a color family. Have you decided that blue is the winner for your home’s exterior? Great! Just be sure to choose two similar shades of blue. One will be the main body color of your home while the other will be the trim color.
You could paint the entire exterior one solid color, but it ends up looking visually boring and uninteresting. Using a darker color for trim creates visual interest that breaks up the overall space people see when they look at your home. You can combine some color families too, like brown and white, gray and blue, cream and white, etc..
Avoiding the “Same House, Same Street” Look
This is a common issue with homes on the same street. Too many are painted the same color scheme, and it becomes confusing trying to find your house, especially in the dark. Choose a house color that is different from the houses flanking yours to the left and right. Better still, pick a color that is different from the house directly across the street from you as well.
Using High Contrast Accent Colors
Big, bold colors get people’s attention. What you want to do is pick certain features on your home and paint them a high contrast color. For example, if you have shutters Queen Creek Arizona painters could paint them bright green and then paint your front door the same green. The eye-popping color gets your house noticed, which you definitely want if you intend to sell the home in the future.
Accent colors may also be used to push the bulk of the house forward in a sort of framing way. To clarify, you might use “blackest black” on trim to make the rest of the house appear framed within the very dark trim. If you paint the rest of the house a very light color that looks good with this shade of black, then the house looks even larger within its black “frame.” Most people wouldn’t consider black a high contrast color until they see what it does with a whiter-than-white house. Then they get it.
Professional Painters Are Preferential
If you still aren’t sure that you can select the right colors for your home, hire a professional painting service like ours. We have many years of experience in this business and have painted hundreds of homes with satisfied customers as the result. Valley Canvas Company can expertly pair your home with suitable exterior paint colors that accomplish more than one of the above goals and transform the look of your home’s exterior for good. Contact us today via our contact form or call us for a quote.