Exterior Color Selection Tips for Homeowners
Q: What are the most common mistakes homeowners make when choosing exterior paint colors?A: Assuming that a colorful and imaginative color scheme will cost a great deal more for product and labor. Unless the scheme is a "painted lady" with numerous colors, this is rarely the case.
Accenting unattractive elements such as gutters, downspouts, a protruding garage door, air conditioning units, unevenly placed windows, etc.
Ignoring neighboring houses: your color scheme choice should not clash with the neighbor’s house — it’s a lose-lose situation. Choose a scheme that blends with the neighborhood or stands out in a subtle, unobtrusive manner.
Landscaping counts: consider tress that change color, flowering shrubs, flower gardens when selection colors, for compatibility. Heavily wooded lots will make colors look darker due to shade; also could camouflage homes, so attention to detail is needed. Greens are not a good choice in this situation.
Q: What opportunities do homeowners commonly miss when selecting and placing colors on their homes’ exteriors?A: Color makes a first impression, an individual statement and can enhance curb appeal and even resale value; a creative scheme versus the more typical white could be an opportunity to make that first impression.
Don’t overlook interesting architectural detailing; it can often sparkle with a contrasting or accent color.
Be observant: drive through various neighborhoods, established and new, to see color in action. Make note of appealing color schemes and consider adapting them to your own home.
Assuming no structural work is needed, color/paint is the most cost-effective approach to changing the appearance of a home.
Define the entryway by using color as a "Welcome" sign.
Windows are an opportunity: they give character to a house. Outlining them lends crispness to the color scheme.