When it comes to paint colors inside your home, you let your imagination run wild—but on the exterior you hesitate. Not only is a big change, but it’s also much more visible. Depending on your HOA, it might not even be totally up to you. Still, playing with the color palette outside you home can be a complete transformation—in a very positive way. Just follow these tips to choose the right hues.
Take a Look at Your Surroundings
This includes the other homes in your neighborhood, your landscaping, your outbuildings, etc. While you can change some of these aspects to work with your new color scheme, others are beyond your control. So, keep that mind! If the rest of the homes are beige and white, then a red house is going to look a big incongruous and stand out. But, maybe that’s the look you want!
If you live in a desert landscape, more neutral tones or other hues you’d find in the scenery are going to appear more natural. The colors you’d pick for a home situated in the woods should be completely different! Remember, you want to pick colors that will work with their surroundings, not fade into them completely. So, if you’re already shaded by trees, picking a forest green shade for your exterior could cause your house to disappear completely.
Consider the Pieces You Can’t Change
At least not right now. Not everyone has the budget to completely overhaul their windows, roof, shutters, porch, columns, etc. and that’s okay! In fact, you might not want to alter all of these elements. For example, if you already have stone veneer on some portion of your exterior, you may want to leave that untouched. In that case, you’ll just use the hues of the natural stone when finalizing your other exterior colors.
Matching shouldn’t be your concern so much as complementing. Are the shades throughout warm or cool tones? Is there a way to tie your color choices together that makes sense? Ideally you should have at least three different paint colors—the primary one for your siding, an accent color for doors/windows, and a trim color to add contrast. So, consider which colors you want to keep the same and design your color palette around that.
Don’t Forget about the Architecture
Whether you’re looking for a historically accurate paint color, or an overall effect that seems natural and pleasant, take cues from the original style. Imagine a Tudor-home shaded with hues of red, or a Spanish-style hacienda in sky blue. While not impossible, these exteriors just seem mismatched.
Obviously, some architectural styles offer more flexibility than others, but there was something about that particular house that made you choose it for your home. Why would you want to detract from that? Feel free to look online for other examples if you’re feeling a little adventurous or ask your local home supply store about their line of historically accurate paint options. Before you get too carried away, always test some on the surface itself. Samples are great, but if you really want to know how it’ll look, paint a small section first.
When you decide it’s time to up the curb appeal, redoing your exterior color palette can be the exact change you’re looking for. Don’t let your colorful style be inhibited just because of your neighbors! There are plenty of ways to introduce colors that blend with your surroundings and complement the overall architecture of your home. If you want to give the paint a break and take this renovation to the next level with some new siding and/or stone veneer, we can help you with everything from color choices to installation! Just give us a call today to get the process started.