Tammy Broccas October 6, 2018
color scheme

In some neighborhoods, there are certain homeowner associations or bylaws that regulate and dictate the exterior paint colors. To some homeowners, it can be a good thing. Have you ever experienced walking around a neighborhood and every home you get to pass by looks beautifully uniformed altogether but as you continue to walk you notice a certain house with a shade that looks really unflattering?

Exterior hues can hugely affect the entire street unlike interior colors. And working on your exterior can be tricky when it comes to choosing a palette. Here are some of the most important tips that can guide you in choosing a color scheme that works both for your taste and for your home’s surroundings.

1. Prepare and arrange around the parts that are hardest to change. Unless you’re doing a complete renovation, texture, and surfaces such as roof shingles or tiles, stonework, pathways, and driveway will remain in place. Carefully select the exterior colors and look for undertones between them that might influence your palette. Do you prefer warm (beige, brown, khaki, and rust) or cool (black, gray, and blue)?

2. Examine your home’s architectural style and age. Whether you have a warm traditional home or a mid-century modern home, your exterior paint scheme should look and feel suitable and proper to the style. You can ask paint manufacturers regarding this because they offer groups of historically precise colors, which you can begin with for your palette or for better results you can also discuss this with a professional who has understanding in this area. Bear in mind that you don’t really have to adhere strictly to historical recommendations unless codes for your home and neighborhood states otherwise, but for the most satisfying results, don’t move too distant from them.

3. Consider the image and display effect you want to achieve. Contemplate and weigh your home’s relationship to the street and the landscape. Look at your neighborhood, is it lying back from the road or surrounded by a cluster of large towering trees? It really depends on with your purpose, if you want your home to stand out choose a slightly lighter or brighter color or if you think you need it to move back or further away, pick a darker hue…

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