Deciding what color to paint the exterior of your home can be a daunting task. There are many things to consider before deciding: Should you go with light or dark colors? Bright colors or neutral colors? Not to mention the features of you house such as: roof, size, style and architecture of the house, just to mention a few. But don’t let all of this decisions stress you out; there are a few simple rules to keep in mind and ease the decision making.
Rule No.1: Neighborhood Glance
Check out your neighbor’s houses. This is not to say that you should do the same as your neighbors, but it is important that your house “fits in” with the other houses in the neighborhood, but if all your neighbors have classic neutral colors, and your house is bright orange for example, not only might this cause disharmony in the neighborhood, but it could create a problem when it is time to put your house in the market.
Rule No.2: Look closely at your home
There are aspects of your home that will probably not change, unless you are planning a major remodel, such as the color and style of the roof, stone accents, landscaping (both in your property as well as around your property). All the colors of your home should always complement each other.
Rule No. 3: Don’t Follow fashion trends
It is important to keep in mind that the color you choose now, will probably remain for several years. Painting the exterior of your home is not as simple as painting a bathroom or dining room; not to mention the costs associated with it. It is also important to keep in mind the curb appeal and re sale value in the future.
Rule No. 4: It’s your home
It is your house after all, and you need to be happy with your choice. The trick here is to use these rules as a guide, when evaluating what you really want your home to look like. What kind of feel do you expect out of your home?
After considering all this very important aspects, you will hopefully have settled down on your color of choice, but before going to the store and buying 20 gallons of your choice; ask for a small sample (a quart should suffice) ideally 3 or 4 different shades/colors. Paint small portions throughout the exterior of the house, to get a real idea of what the color will look like throughout the house and in contrast with different elements of your property.
And most important of all: Have fun!