Exterior paint colors can change the way you perceive architecture, and it’s the least expensive “remodel” you can do! Artists know that color “moves” visually in space. Colors recede or advance depending upon where they are in relationship to each other and their surroundings.
If you are a homeowner choosing exterior paint colors to create color schemes or a color plan for your home, here are a few color tips:
- Check to see if your neighborhood has any restrictions regarding exterior color use. Often titled Covenants and Restrictions these rules will limit the choices you have. If your neighborhood is in a designated historical area, check with the local Historical Society or Building Dept., to learn if certain house paint colors are restricted to historical colors typical to the era your house was built.
- Choose at least 3 and possibly 4 colors for the home so things don’t get too dull. Please don’t think that painting the whole house one color will make it “blend in”. The result is usually very “lumpish”. In a typical home the colour scheme can applied like this:
- Body Color (main part of house)
- Trim Color (around windows and Doors)
- Fascia Color (trim around the roof and possibly the belly band (6″ – 12″ wide plank trim that separates 2 stories, or the body of the house from the peak of the roof).
- If the home has gables (usually in a different type of siding), seriously consider an additional color for the gable area.
- Door Color
- Buy the best exterior house paint you can afford and make sure it has a UV blocker in it.
- Remember that natural wood (with a protective finish) is a “color”. If you are fortunate to have natural wood, consider the color of that wood as one of your paint colors. If you’re having trouble with this idea. “Match” a paint color swatch to the wood until you have color most like your wood. Though you have no intention of buying this color as a can of paint, add it to your collection of color combinations so that you’ll be sure that your real paint colors enhance the color of the natural wood.
- Whether you are painting it yourself or having it done, make sure that the prep work is well done. A good foundation of prep work will make your final paint colors last years longer.
- If you have a strong prevailing wind/sun direction, put an extra coat of paint on those sides of the house. The entire paint job will last years longer.