Everyone takes great pride in their house and this not only pertains to the interior but the exterior as well. There are a lot of home improvements that can be done to the exterior that don’t cost a lot of money but will make a major difference in the way that the house looks. I have implemented many of these and I am proud of the outcome of each project that I have completed. One that brought me a great deal of satisfaction was using different color combinations not only for my own home but for my friends and family as well. Here are some suggestions.
Most often those who want to paint the exterior of their home play it safe and either want to go with a neutral color or the very opposite of the color spectrum and choose bright and flashy ones. What is often forgotten about is the pastel colors. These can really be eye catchy and without being overpowering. They can become the focal point of the exterior of the home. Also, there can be some usual contrasts of pastel colors that you may not think of using together. For example, a soft green in the lime green shades work beautifully with a powder blue and a white trim. This was one I was nervous about trying but when I did I was most pleased with the outcome.
There are some homeowners that cannot perceive any type of bright color for the exterior of their home. For these individuals combining a pearl gray with a light blue or a grey-blue such as slate will most likely please them.
If one likes to make a statement when it comes to the color of their exterior there are no better colors than red white and blue. However, this does not have to be garish looking. A soft blue or a grey-blue can be the prominent color with the door been in red and the trim in white.
What can create a stunning effect, is to use colors that are found in nature. All one has to think of is the autumn colors and how well these complement each other and you can find some great color combinations for the exterior of the home. You might even find that you are then wanting to incorporate more of your outdoor space into your home too. To do this, maybe you need new windows that can improve the natural lighting and allow nature to creep into your view, making for much nicer scenery while inside the different rooms of the house. You will also want to make sure these new windows are a complementary color compared to the rest of your home, adding a stylish finish to the exterior, while also benefitting the interior as well.
Another great look when it comes to painting the outside of your home is to use colors in the greys, red. Remember you don’t want to use too much red as it is overpowering so use it for the door only. Then use black for the trim.
Purple is one color that many shy away from when painting the exterior of the home. They are too afraid it will stand out too much. This is a beautiful color when used properly. The overall house should be painted with a light lavender. The door can be done in a deep purple and the trim should be done in white.
To really draw attention to the exterior working with paint creates a contrast one should choose navy and white. These can be used in two different ways. White can be the primary color and the navy can be used for the trim. Or reverse this.
Complement the setting
When choosing colors to paint the outside of your home consider what the color scheme is best for the rest of the landscaping. You want the colors that you’re painting with to work in harmony with the natural setting. The best approach is to do the painting first and then complement this with the appropriate landscaping.
Buy good quality paint that is designed for exterior use. Otherwise, you will have to re-paint every few years. Also start with a clean surface. You can power wash the exterior to remove the dirt and grime.