House painting is made way to stressful for many homeowners and the sad thing is, it doesn’t have to be. Choosing colors for your next house painting project doesn’t have to be complicated and stressful. For starters, most homeowners are overpowered by the number of colors to choose from. The fear of a wrong choice and having to live with it is very uncomfortable for most homeowners. Having your home painted twice is not an disbursal most homeowners want to undertake. Furthermore, what will the neighbors think about the new colors? Review the 8 house painting color tips below. They will make your chore of choosing colors more constructive.
1. The first thing to consider is what colors on your house will not change. Roofs typically last from 30 years to lifetime.Roofs typically last from 30 years to lifetime. Bricks are permanent and should be one of the first considerations in matching colors. Stones are also permanent. Stones are also permanent. Any color change will need to be coordinated with these permanent colors in mind. You will want your new color scheme to be in harmony with the permanent colors. Avoid conflict with colors you can’t change This should guide you to the right color family.
2. Another consideration should be the landscape and the neighborhood. The colors surrounding the house as well as the geographic location. Evaluate the textures and colors of the existing building materials.
3. Study the architectural style of your home and research colors that are commonly used for the style. For example, a French Victorian home needs a different color than an English tutor style home. Planning a color strategy around a traditional home typically will be different than modern architecture.
4. Changing the front door and shutter colors are an easy way to freshen up the look of a home without changing the siding and trim colors.
5. Sometimes I am asked if the interior color scheme should reflect the exterior color theme. It really is a matter of personal preference. If you own a historic home you may want to keep the authenticity of that time period by keeping a connection between interior and exterior colors, but again it is a personal preference. Frequently homeowners put now limitations on interior color schemes.
6. Coordinating colors is a common problem with many homeowners. Spend some time in a paint store. Most major paint stores have pre-selected color schemes. Most offer palette collections that provide accurate historical reference along with collections of colors that work well together. There is not a better place to start planning your house painting project.
7. Some of your major paint stores like Sherwin Williams, offer an online service that allows you to construct color variations using a visualizer. Call your store for the web address and you can go online with your computer and play around with a lot of different colors for both exterior and interior house painting. You can apply different colors to interior or exterior scenes by simply dragging and dropping in the color on various elements such as walls and trim.
8. One of the most important things I recommend is, buy a quart of the colors you plan to use and apply it to the wall in a 4ft by 4ft area next to the trim color you plan to use. The small paint chips supplied by the paint stores are too small to make a determination. (Caution: If the siding is textured, or you have stucco, do not apply paint on a large area with a brush or roller. When the house is painted by the contractor, you will be able to see where you brushed on the test sample underneath the paint they apply. Paint fills the pores of textured surfaces so you have an uneven distribution of paint where you applied the sample causing it to be visible. Instead, apply the test sample on a piece of plywood and hold up to the trim to test your color samples.)
To conclude, do your research work first. Be sure of your colors before you hire a painting contractor. Often, homeowners rush into hiring a contractor before they are clear in their mind about the colors they want. Suddenly, they feel rushed to decide on colors and end up not confident with their choice of colors. House painting doesn’t have to be stressful. Just give a little time to planning.