Choosing the right color for your home's exterior depends on a lot of things that include the location of your house, the colors used by your neighbors, and the interior color scheme of your house. Based on all these factors, you should come up with the best paint color scheme that will make your house blend well with the others in the neighborhood, and yet give it a distinct identity.
You can introduce color even when opting to be subtle. This you can do by choosing neutral colors that contrast each other, as it does with this tan and white modern home. The architecture of this home permits the use of two colors which, without clashing with each other, reside in harmony alongside.
Choosing Exterior Paint Colors
Several considerations must be made before you decide to give your home exterior a makeover in terms of a paint job. These are the most important ones.
It is very important to choose colors that not only highlight the features of your house, but also successfully hide its flaws.
How the houses in your neighborhood are colored is also important. You don't want your house to stick out in the vicinity. However, this does not mean it cannot be different.
Consider the location of your house. For instance, if your house is in a suburban locality, you may not be able to use bright colors. On the other hand, if you own a beachfront property, you can afford to use bright colors like turquoise and bright coral colors.
Understand the weather conditions of your locality. If it is very hot and your house is exposed to harsh sunlight, avoid using very dark colors, as these will not only fade quickly, they will also absorb heat and make your home hotter. You may use neutral colors like white or gray, or even bright colors like a warm yellow or a cool blue. In a relatively cold place where the sun doesn't reveal itself that often, you may choose bright and dark colors that overpower the gloom of the weather.
Your house may have special windows, a beautifully decorated door, artistic porch columns, and pillars. All these special characteristics can be accentuated with colors that contrast the background color.
Another way to bring out the special attributes of your house is by painting the projections in a light color and using darker shades to accent shadows.
Keep the roof of your home in mind when choosing colors. Choosing roofing material (such as shingles) that contrast or complement the overall color scheme you have decided is important. Also consider how these materials absorb heat.
Consider the architecture of your home. It is important that you stay true to the principles and traditional colors that are associated with that form of architecture.
Finally, remember that any color you choose will affect the resale value of your house. If you are a daredevil, go ahead and choose just any color (or a combination) that appeals to you. But if you intend to sell your house in the coming years, try to go with a color scheme that is likely to appeal to a vaster section of people.
Exterior Paint Color Ideas for Homes
Sky blue color is a safe option, even if most of your neighborhood has stuck to neutrals. It does not make you stick out like a sore thumb, yet it gives your home a distinct identity.
In an area with pale surroundings, go for emerald green, that has been established by Pantone as one of the color of the year (no reason to think twice now, isn't it?). And a simple yellow colored door can be used to contrast this stark color, and bring out the beauty of the architecture of the house.
While adobe-style homes are not common everywhere, their colors do provide inspiration for exterior home colors. The stained orange and rust effect that has been provided to this home is perfect for a modern style house with a concrete facade.
Those of you who think brick homes are passé, think again. This lovely red brick house stands out beautifully amid a minimalistic landscape. The stark white trim adds to its elegance while allowing it to exude a certain amount of dynamism.
Live in a neighborhood that doesn't permit you to go all out and choose a striking color? You can still have a compelling exterior with this neutral color combination. This simple white and gray house gets its identity from the red door and the red steps leading to it. Notice how the window shutters also incorporate a red frame subtly.
This warm yellow doesn't contrast other colors strongly and can thus be used even in neighborhoods where color is scarce. Giving the appearance of a cozy little haven, this is another house that unites with a little red door to welcome you. Don't miss the brick-clad columns that add to the dash of red introduced by the door to the house.
If you're still doubtful, speak to a professional regarding the choice of colors you should opt for. Such professionals will also give you a good idea about the amount of paint required, duration, and total effort involved in your house painting project. Just remember that any color you choose will affect the resale value of your home, so choose wisely.