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Exterior Paint Schemes

Exterior Paint Schemes

The overall impression of your house largely depends upon its exterior paint. Therefore, you just cannot afford to take a wrong decision in this regard. Here, you will get a brief overview on the color combinations. Read on...
Bidisha Mukherjee
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There is such a wide variety of colors available for exterior painting, that anyone may get confused while choosing the right color scheme. It should be done with great care because if you make any mistake, then it would spoil the visual appeal of the exterior walls of your house. The unpleasant sight will not only bother you, but your neighbors and guests as well. Apart from that, any error can lead to a huge loss of money. However, when done correctly, it goes a long way in enhancing the look of your home decor.

There are certain things which need to be considered while choosing a paint. They are as follows:
  • Firstly, you should not copy the color scheme of your neighbor(s). At the same time, the color should not make your house look like one out of place on the street. Rather, it should complement well with the color of other houses in your neighborhood.
  • Feel free to choose two different colors for the exteriors. The front side should have the color that is in consistent with the paint colors of other houses in the neighborhood. The rear side can be given a color that you like to see on your house.
  • You can select such colors for the outer walls which coordinate with the colors of the flowers that your garden has. Combine the colors of the garden flowers and use it as an inspiration for paint schemes for the main walls.
  • Lighter colors are always preferable because the house looks larger. People avoid dark colors for outdoors as the shades tend to fade out after some time due to continuous exposure to sunlight.
  • The paint should enhance the look of the interior designing and should match up with the color of the interior painting as well.
Exterior paints can be divided into three different sections. The main portion can be termed as the field which consists of the walls. The second part consists of the edges and the corners, and the third portion has the doors, windows and specific architectural curves.

For beginners, the ideal way to choose the colors is to refer to the color wheel. It will simplify the task of selecting the right color. An interesting color combination for the exterior walls is selecting just one single color and combine its different shades on the main section. You should go for this type of color scheme if you want to give a conventional look to the house. To add some more vibrancy to it, use two completely contrast colors that are positioned in the opposite direction of the color wheel. For a bold look, use three different colors that are equidistant from each other on the color wheel.

The safest option is to keep one main color and two or more colors for the edges. In this case, the shade of the edges is always kept lighter than the shade of the walls. The number of colors to be used on the edges of the walls depends upon the number of different architectural curves that need to be highlighted with the colors.

There is a lot of scope to experiment when it comes to the color of the doors and the windows. With some muted colors in the background, some bright refreshing colors on the doors and the windows will make the exterior all the more attractive. The less important features of the exteriors like the gutters should have the same color as the main wall as it will help to conceal them in the background color.

Selection of paint schemes for an old house is slightly tricky as we do not have much of an idea about the kind of color that will keep the old world charms of the house intact. You can take the help of some magazines or some color charts of the historical buildings from a library. Usually, in the olden days, people used to like those colors that were closer to nature. A variety of shades of red, brown, green or mustard will be just the right choice. These colors will accentuate the minute detail work of architecture of these buildings.

With better understanding of exterior paints, you can give a personalized touch of your own to the outer walls of your house. Thus, your house will have a reflection of your taste and personality.