Exterior paint matters. You may not even realize it, but your very mood can be affected by your home’s exterior every time you pull into the driveway. And you can bet that you are not the only one that assigns some sort of value to your home’s exterior: along with architectural and landscape design, exterior paint and finish lends heavily to the curb appeal and market value of your home. To ensure that your home’s exterior is both pleasing to you and aesthetically appealing to others, consider the following tips when designing or remodeling your home.
When deciding on colors for your home’s paint and trim, the first rule of thumb is to consider what you cannot change. These factors may include existing brick and stone, the natural makeup of your property, and the colors of your neighbors’ homes. It is important that the color choices you make do not clash with pre-existing colors that you cannot change.
The Top-Down Approach
It is a good idea to start with the roof and work your way down when choosing colors for your home. This is because the roof is one of the most prominent and least changeable components of your home. Even roofs with short lifespans last longer than a decade, during which time their defining characteristics hardly change. Once you have decided on a roof color, you can move on to choosing paint colors and material finishes for your home’s siding, trim, windows, garage and entry doors, and accessories.
Warm and Cool Colors
Throughout the paint color selection process, you should keep general color matching rules in mind. If you choose a warm color for your roof, such as red, brown, or beige, then it is safest to use warm colors for your siding and trim. The opposite holds true for cooler colors such as grey and blue.
There are other factors you may wish to consider when choosing colors for your home’s exterior features. If you live in the San Luis Obispo area and feel ready to consult a professional house painter about your exterior color preferences, call Browder Painting Company at (805) 544-0547. You can also contact us online to learn more about our residential painting services.