After all the hard work you put into building and decorating your home, the final thing you need to do to “clothe” your house has to do with deciding what color to paint its exterior. This is what everyone else will see from your back and front yard—an extension of what’s inside your home. With that in mind, what are the best color combinations for this?
The rule of thumb for choosing the perfect color combination for the exterior of your home is to make sure that whatever you choose highlights the most beautiful features of your home and skillfully disguises any design flaws.
The color combinations matter. If you choose boring, safe colors, your house will seem flat and will fade into the background, especially compared to the other houses in your area. If the paint colors you go with are too bold, they can overwhelm the architecture or design of your house. If you are intent on thinking outside the box and picking brand-new or unusual colors, you should keep in mind that whatever you decide will shape your house’s identity.
The color you go with must reflect your personal style as well as the elements surrounding your house. Here are some tips for choosing exterior paint colors for your house.
Honor your house’s history
Not all homes that need a paint job are new; some paint jobs are meant to give older homes a new look. To this end, do research on historically accurate color schemes. Once you have any samples, analyze them, observe similarly aged homes in your area, and attempt to recreate the original color of your house. Check if the colors that were popular back in the day are still available in stores. If not, you can go with colors that are a close match, or you can blend other colors to recreate the ones you need. Simpler house architecture means fewer colors are needed. For example, a Victorian house may need four to six colors, while a simple ranch home might call for only two colors.
Paint job as ‘facelift’
If you intend to bring your home into the present, paint your house with fresh, modern colors to highlight architectural details. The moderate use of bright colors on old architectural details can produce exciting effects. Just make sure not to shock your neighbors or the local historical society. In other words, don’t paint your Victorian house a glaring neon color. While these are bold attempts to spruce an old home, such wild moves may look out of place in more conservative neighborhoods.
Blend in or stand out in your neighborhood
In creating your house’s identity, it’s good to stand out. Strive to set your house apart but don’t use colors that clash with nearby buildings. Observe your neighborhood and take your cue from your neighbors, but don’t copy what they did. Photocopy a sketch or photograph of your house. Use watercolors or colored pencils to try color combinations and narrow your choices. Then use free tools to help you choose.
Find inspiration in nature
Sometimes, we need not look too far for inspiration as nature is already there to provide it. Look around you for color ideas. If there are plenty of trees around your place, it may be a good idea to paint your home using an earthy palette of greens and browns. If your beachfront home needs a paint boost, using different shades of blues and greens on a white background would be a good idea as well. IIf your home has a garden, pick colors that match your flowers and plants. When your home stands on the eastern border with the sunrise or the west for sunset, think of how the sunlight will hit your home, as that will have an effect on its look. These natural elements bring about the best in your home, and the paint job is meant to highlight these features.
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