Consider these paint tips for successful exterior colors:
• Be aware of the roof color. It is an item that most homeowners are not going to change until absolutely necessary. Don’t try to ignore the color, work with it to create a tasteful color scheme.
• Take natural materials on the house into consideration – brick colors, stone, slate, even concrete. Select exterior paint colors that will enhance these surfaces.
• Even the landscaping and terrain should be noted.
• Use 4 or more exterior colors:
1. Body or siding color.
2. Trim color.
3. Accent color – usually on shutters.
4. Punch color – usually on front door. Define the front doors, as the entrance or “introduction” to the house. Punch color can also be used on the mullions of windows.
Additional Paint Tips:
• Be kind to your neighbors – be aware of neighbors to your left or right. It is merely courtesy to consider how your exterior paint colors and theirs will reflect on the street scape itself.
• Utilize manufacturers’ exterior paint color cards. Most major manufacturers have taken care in laying out the paint colors in suggested combinations.
• Remember exterior paint colors intensify and look brighter in daylight on the outside of a house than they do on the paint color card in the store.
• Exterior paint color preferences are going lighter. Gone are the heavy browns, earth tones and murkey greens. Light to medium-value colors are in vogue.
• Soft contrast in color combinations are “in” with tone-on-tone trim and house body colors replacing the once popular light-body, dark-trim combination. The use of soft-contrast color combinations results in the house appearing larger.