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Choosing the Correct Exterior Paint

One of the easiest things you can do to completely change the look of your home is to change the outside color of your home. However, the new color you choose must be picked with care and careful consideration.

This color will be responsible for the first impression that visitors have of your house and atmosphere inside your home. There are several things you should consider carefully as you select a new color.

As you begin reviewing various paint color combinations, be sure to take a look at the combinations that your roof and masonry suggest. If your color combinations are complemented by the various features of the home, your house will look well-planned and though out.

It will also give a much better first impression of your home. If your roofing is tinted blue, be sure to consider various combinations of blues.

However, if your roofing is tinted red, be sure to steer clear of various combinations of purples. Purple and red clash badly and unless you are trying to make a statement, you will want to find a more complementary combination.

It is likely that your roofing and masonry will suggest a long list of color combinations that you will need to narrow down before you can make a decision. The next thing that you will want to consider that will help you narrow down your long list will be the colors found within your home.

Your home should feel united instead of like you are walking into a different world once you enter the home. The colors found on the outside of your home should also complement the colors found on the inside of your home.

If the list is still too long, you will want to consider what your neighbor’s homes look like. You do not want your home to stick out like a sore thumb.

Instead, find a blend of attractive colors that can define your home while fitting in with the surrounding neighborhood. Likewise, you may want to consider the style and coloring of the local landscape to make sure you do not clash that way either.

Remember as you are selecting paint colors that the larger the surface area of a certain color of paint, the lighter the paint color will seem. Keep this in mind as you select various shades and consider choosing a slightly darker shade as you will be painting large areas of your home.

In addition, keep in mind that the paint on the outside of your home will be exposed to the sun. This will make bright and deep color fade fairly quickly.

It is generally best to select a muted or pastel color for the outside of your home. However, it is alright to include these brighter colors as accents.

Even though you may have to repaint these areas periodically, brighter colors can be great for putting an emphasis on architectural details such as window panes and other areas. If you feel driven to include contrast in your paint job somewhere, this is the area in which to include it.

Contrasting paint colors usually look the best when they are intended to emphasize something and used in small areas. You can also create contrast by emphasizing the shadows on the house by using slight darker paint and the lighter areas of the house by using slightly lighter paint.

This technique will help show the projections of your home. Even though you can include contrasts in these ways and still have your home look fantastic, you will want to avoid extreme contrasts at all costs.

The colors you choose should be related. Extreme contrasts in colors always look bad no matter how tactfully they are used.

When you have narrowed down your list of color combinations, you will want to review your choices outside in the sunlight. These are how the colors will look when you put them on the house.

While you want to view the colors outside, do not view them in direct sunlight as the direct sunlight will distort the color. If you still cannot decide which color combination will be the best you can print of several copies of a picture of your home.

Then, paint these pictures with your various color combinations. This may help you be able to visualize what the various color combinations will look like on your home.

Once you have decided what color to paint your home, you will want to buy a small amount of your chosen colors. Paint this paint in a small area, let it dry, and review the result to decide if you like it.

Terry Daniels has worked as a general contractor remodeling homes for 27 years and has written hundreds of articles about roofing, awnings, siding, and home remodeling Utah.

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