There are a few tips you should consider before painting the exterior of a home to ensure a perfect colour scheme. Here’s how to begin:
Choosing Exterior Paint Colours – Research
Several months before you intend on painting, do research. Walk around the neighbourhood a bit to see what other colors are being used for siding and trim. If you find a color scheme you especially like, knock on the door, compliment your neighbour, and maybe they’ll tell you the colours. Try to pick a colour that will blend in with your surroundings, but with a few accents. With well-placed colour choices, your home can still stand out in a tasteful manner.
Choosing Exterior Paint Colours – Colour Cards
Next, pick up a variety of exterior-paint colour cards that do offer colour-combination suggestions. They are put together by colour experts and they do take the guesswork out of combining colours. Pick up a few magazines or even books on home styles that feature lots of colour photos. Now, find a comfortable spot and start spreading everything on the table. Cut up the paint brochures, rip out magazine photos and create colour schemes you
Choosing Exterior Paint Colours – Evaluate the Home
A month before you paint, start evaluating your house. What are the surfaces made of? Shingles, brick, stone and tile are things that won’t be changing in colour, so your colour scheme has to work with them. Now shuffle through some of the colours you’re thinking about for the siding. Stand back by the street, and picture the colour on your home with the roof, or the brick, and between your neighbours’ homes. Take the colour up close to your house, and consider it against any surface that will stay. Once you have the siding colors narrowed down to two or three, purchase quarts of the paint colours you prefer.
Choosing Exterior Paint Colours – Sample Swatches
About two weeks before painting, get some sample swatches up onto your home. Put patches of all your siding colours on the front, next to the brick or stone, on the side, in areas that are shadowed and those places that get full sun. If you’ve selected trim colours to go with the siding, add those as well. I have the most success when the trim color is in the same colour family as the siding colour, just a couple steps lighter, although all sorts of combinations can work. For your front door, add an accent that gives your home real curb appeal. Then, look at your home in the morning, at noon, and in the evening, because the colours will change as the colour of the sunlight changes. Once the colour decisions are made, it’s time to head to the paint
Choosing Exterior Paint Colours – Paint Quantity
About a week before painting, head to the paint store with a picture of your home and the dimensions of the footprint in hand, this will help the experts determine how much paint you need. They will also suggest all the additional products that will make your paint job as easy as possible.