So, you got a spark of inspiration and want to revamp your home with a little color. How exciting! Home projects can be a lot of fun and can also be a great opportunity to show off your inner home designer. However, there are a few things to consider before simply picking out a color and slapping it onto your home. It takes time and lots of planning before final decisions can be made to ensure a great painting experience. We have compiled a list of tips and tricks to help you out when choosing a new exterior color scheme for your home. Let’s jump right in!
Take Your Neighbors into Account
When giving your home a new paint job, you don’t want to stick out in a negative way. Take a look around at your neighborhood and the houses closest to yours – what color schemes do they have? You may have a deep passion for hot pink, but if your neighbors have more toned down and cool colored houses, you may want to take that into consideration. Be aware of your surroundings and adjust accordingly. Your neighbors will surely thank you for it! In turn, your decision in an exterior paint can ultimately add to the entire vibe of the neighborhood. And have no fear, you can still find a way to add a little splash of color in subtle ways that will satisfy you, such as decor and flowers.
Consider the Environment
Yes, looking at your neighbor’s houses is part of the environment, but it’s important to also take a look at the natural environment as well. Do you live in a lush, green area with lots of trees and bushes? Is your home in the middle of the city surrounded by skyscrapers? Take these details into account in deciding what color you want to paint the outside of your home. If you’re in a very natural setting with trees and greenery, you may want to paint your home a subtle color as to not take away from the natural beauty of nature. Your home will blend in like a symphony. In a city, however, you can play around with color more depending on where you live.
Think About Your Home’s Architecture
Does your home take after Victorian design? Is it minimalistic and modern? Does it have more of a country feel with a ranch and a small farm next door? These are essential things to ask when choosing a color to paint your home. The style and architecture of a house can be a great deciding factor to help you pick a color scheme. The reason being is that many styles already have a specific color scheme that goes well with the design. Modern homes go great with cool tones such as grey, blue, and black. A ranch in the country may pair well with deep reds and rich browns. Victorian style homes are bolder and pair well with bright, vivid colors like pink and green. Take a minute to decide what kind of style your home is, and hopefully, it will help you decide what color will be best for your home.
Envision with an App
If you need help with something, there’s probably an app for that. Most apps used to gear more towards games, but there are all kinds of apps now that will even help you with things like, well, choosing a color to paint your home. Sherwin-Williams has an app called Colorsnap Visualizer. This app lets you take a photo of any room in the house or any portion of the outside of your home and undergoes a digital paint job to help you envision a certain color scheme. Gone are the days that you have to take home small strips of color samples and try to imagine what your home would look like in that color. Now, with a touch of a finger, you can do just that. No more imagining and guessing about the outcome. This is one of the most helpful tools you can utilize for this project, especially if you don’t have specialists by your side to give you advice.
You guessed it. Speaking of specialists, it’s important to hire someone who knows what they are doing if you are unsure of yourself. Doing a big project such as painting a home is a serious task, and hiring a professional with making the whole process smooth and stress-free.
Hopefully, these tips and tricks will help you out on your home’s exterior painting endeavors. Just remember to take a look at your surroundings, take the architecture into consideration, be a good neighbor, and of course, hire a professional if need be. If you follow all these steps, you will surely come out on top with the most beautifully painted home on the block. Painting a home can be a long process, so doing it right the first time will save you time, money, and probably tears. Good luck with your home project!