When upgrading or renovating your home, it’s important to think of as many facets as possible to ensure you get great results. For example, your exterior painting is critical because it can affect your home’s natural beauty and even affect its value on the resale market. Thankfully, we can help you better choose which colors make the most sense for your home and its unique and personalized style.
Step One: Pay Attention to Your Neighborhood
You might be tempted to just go your own way with your paint color and choose styles that reflect your personality. That’s understandable, but it can be a problem if you don’t pay attention to your neighborhood and your home’s history. Simply put, it’s usually better to “fit into” the general feel of the area, as well as pair your home with a paint appropriate to its architecture.
Now, we’re not preaching conformity or asking you to suppress your creativity! Instead, it’s important to consider things like resale value and how a “too unique” color tone could affect land values. Simply put, if your home sticks out from your neighborhood too much, there’s a good chance that your value will be reduced because buyers will find it too gaudy or flashy.
Many homeowners care about fitting into a neighborhood, even if you don’t. That doesn’t mean that you have to pick the same old colors as everyone else and suppress your innate expressive drive! Instead, you just need to be aware of what others are doing and try to use their example as a guide for your own colors. Doing so can help keep your exterior paint looking great.
Step Two: Find Tones That Suit You
Now comes the fun part: choosing paint colors and styles that interest you the most. Go to a paint shop or talk with a painting professional and look through all the options available to you. Talk with them about what tones and textures are popular in your area and choose among those that are the most fascinating and interesting to your specific tastes.
Next, take home paint cards or use home design software to check how well these colors match your house. Literally, hold the paint card up to your home’s exterior walls to see how it will likely look. Next, consult with your local expert exterior painting company to get their opinion on how the color suits your home.
Don’t forget to check how well each tone matches the general feeling of the land around you. For example, are there trees, shrubs, or flowers that might clash with the color you choose? Obviously, it’s easier to trim these growths than it is to change your paint tone. However, you might not always have that option, i.e., your neighbors may have trees or shrubs they won’t change. Keep that in mind when choosing paint colors.
Step Three: Don’t Forget Your Interior
Here’s a mistake many homeowners make when painting their house’s exterior: not focusing enough on the interior. That might seem silly to some people at first, but think about it this way: do you want an interior painting that clashes heavily with your exterior painting? Some people may like that contrast and use it to create fascinating styles: try that out if it interests you!
However, you can also use your interior paint style to create a unique and coherent statement to make your house more attractive. For instance, you can integrate gorgeous tones that match your home’s various rooms. Even better, you can get the interior painting done at the same time as your exterior to produce a uniform fashion that will give your home real class.
While you don’t have to get your entire home painted at once to get great results, it’s not a bad idea if you want to make your home feel more attractive and coherent. We strongly suggest reaching out to a painting expert to learn more about your options here. Doing so will ensure that you choose a painting package that makes the most sense for your needs.
Step Four: Integrate Natural Elements Into Your Home
Do you live in an area with a lot of natural elements, like trees or even hills? Try to pair your home’s exterior paint with these items to produce an attractive look. This approach is particularly common in rural areas because there will be far more trees, shrubs, and other natural life around you. Choosing a neutral style in this setting is often the best bet for homeowners.
For example, according to HowStuffWorks, blue-gray is currently the most popular color option for home exterior design. That’s because it has a neutral style that also blends well with natural elements, like trees, grass, and other items. Try to pair tones like these with the trees and shrubs in your area to give it a bold and natural style that feels comfortable.
Note that you can also integrate colors like earthy greens, browns, blues, tans, and other hues that catch the eye while blending in with your environment. Note: you don’t have to blend in with the wild if you’d rather not. For example, you can choose more contrasting colors if you want your house to stand out: the choice is yours, so have fun with it!
Step Five: Consider Other Important Factors
At this point, you should have a few hues that interest you and which match your home fairly well. However, that doesn’t mean you’re quite ready to paint just yet. It’s important to consider a variety of other elements before painting your home to ensure that it is ready. For instance, you should pay close attention to your roof’s color and ensure your exterior paint compliments it.
Next, don’t forget to check the home’s unpainted materials, such as brick, stone, vinyl, wood, and other construction materials. These items will all have different colors that you need to consider when picking your home’s exterior hue. Between your roof and these items, you’ll need to be very careful about what colors you choose for your home.
Also, don’t forget about any other buildings you might have on your property, such as a disconnected garage or storage shed. Try to choose paints that look good on them, as you’ll likely be coloring them soon. Taking these steps can ensure that your house is attractive and improve its overall look and feel for years to come.
Lastly, make sure that you don’t ignore the durability of the paint and how likely it is to wear out on your home. Simply put, very extreme colors (like darker or lighter hues) will fade more quickly and require more maintenance than neutral colors. Furthermore, some paint brands are better than others: do your research wisely to save yourself maintenance costs.
Take these steps seriously, and your exterior painting should be a lot easier. Working intelligently on this process will ensure that you feel comfortable with the long-term style of your home. Don’t forget that you can also reach out to us for help if you’re confused or need guidance through any stage of this process. Our team will do what they can to ensure that you get the support you deserve and the high-quality exterior paint that makes the most sense for your home’s style. Choose Peacock Services Home Improvement for your paint job today!