Repainting the outside of your home involves a lot of big decisions that you will be looking at every day for many years. It is also an exciting chance to completely change the look of your home for much less than almost any other renovation project. When paint starts to show the first signs of cracking, chipping, or other aging, you have already waited long enough. Take some time to think about what you would like your next color scheme to be, and get moving. Remember, paint is the first line of defense for your house. Once it begins to age, the boards underneath it will be next to go, and they are quite a bit more expensive to replace.
A good paint job is based on a good color scheme. Now is the time to explore combinations of colors you have always liked, or try out new ones. Most hardware and paint stores should have lots of beautiful sets of paint swatches for you to look at, but don’t let your search start and end there. These days there are a lot of online tools available for designers to play with colors. Right now, you are the designer, so why not play around a bit?
You should use the tools in this article to really explore what is possible for your house, and not be afraid to paint something that is bright and interesting. However, it is important to remember that you house is not floating in a vast white expanse. Any color scheme you pick will have to compliment everything around your home. Think about the colors of the trees, whether they flower, what the foliage looks like in all four seasons, and yes, even what color your neighbor chose to put on their house. Your house will never be viewed out of this context, so it should be in the forefront of your mind during this search. Looking great on paper is hardly the most important aspect when it comes to choosing whats best for the exterior of your home
Check out Kuler.com for an endless list of user generated color schemes, which can be searched by rating, most popular, or keywords.
If you want to get a little more down to earth, try out this tool: CSSdrive.com creates a color scheme from any photo, wether you upload it from your computer, or link to a photo on the web, so you can capture the essence of your backyard, or your favorite Austin vista, in a color scheme.
The Sherwin WIlliams website has an inspiring collection of color schemes specifically picked for home exteriors, with pictures of real homes that feature them. You can browse by region (including one for our own Desert and Southwest Region or by architectural style. These color schemes even have the specific color of paint used (Sherwin WIlliams brand, of course) so you will have no trouble finding these in the store.
The downside of using one of the other color scheme generators, of course, is that dont give you specific paints to go find. The good news is that there is an incredible variety of paints available to you today, and more and more of them are affordable. Bring your color scheme into a paint store, and see what they can do for you. At the very least, they will know what you are looking for and will be able to recommend something similar.
Once you have your color scheme, you need to know how to apply it. In its most basic form, a color scheme for a home has the base color, a trim color, and an accent color. The base color will cover the majority of the house on the walls. The trim color will be used on windows, the edges of the roof, or other areas where the form and architecture of the house should be subtly highlighted. The highlight color can be used on the front door, window shutters, or other features that you want to really pop. This color can be bright, but if it is, use it sparingly. You don’t want to accent your entire house, or a an element that maybe should have stayed in the background, like a rain gutter.
So don’t take this choice lightly, but don’t be intimidated either. Call VanRossun at (512) 263-9244, and let us give you advice and a free estimate for your painting project. We would love to work with you to find the perfect color scheme for your house. Thanks for reading!
all photos courtesy of sherwin-williams.com