Go for Color: Enhancing Your Home's Exterior With the Right Paint

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Whether you need to up your home's curb appeal in order to sell or simply want to create a more striking property, there's no better place to begin than with your house's exterior. Choosing a new exterior paint scheme is a quick way to bring new life to your home and enhance its value. Some homeowners feel lost when it comes time to choose exterior paint, but it doesn't need to be tough to find the right color scheme for your home.

Tackling Your Home's Exterior

If it's time to paint your home's exterior, you'll need to think first and foremost about the materials from which your home is made. Decide whether you need to paint your home's entire exterior or if you only need to choose accent and trim colors. It's also important to talk to a paint professional about the climate in our area and what types of paint provide the best service and durability. Remember that painting a small swatch of color onto your home before completing exterior painting is essential to ensuring success.

Most professionally designed exterior color palettes feature at least three different colors. For your palette, aim to find these three:

•    The field color, which is the dominate color in your design and is used for the majority of the exterior.
•    The accent color, which is used for shutters, doors and other larger exterior features.
•    The trim color, which is used to trim around doorways, windows and roof lines.

As you think through your paint plans, remember that it's essential to draw inspiration from your home's architectural style in order to choose the right color palette.

Choosing the Perfect Color for Any Building

After you've taken stock of your home's architectural style and your paint needs, you can choose a new color palette for the exterior. If your home is made from brick or stone, look for rich or neutral colors that highlight the natural beauty of the material while enhancing your home's appearance.

You can pick up paint chips and samples at the hardware store so that you can get a better idea of how colors will really look. Once you've chosen your field color, you can choose accent and trim colors. For the best results, use one of these methods:

•    Choose colors a few steps away from each other on the color wheel, such as dark grey trim to complement slate.
•    Choose colors that complement one another on the color wheel, such as green and yellow.
•    Choose colors that contrast one another on the color wheel, such as green and purple.

Picking a paint scheme can be challenging. If you need more help with your home's exterior design, stop by and chat with the friendly, knowledgeable professionals at Rocky's Ace Hardware today.
 


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