Few things can boost your home's curb appeal the way a fresh coat of paint will, but how do you choose which color or type of paint? With thousands of shades, sheens, and styles available at home improvement stores, it isn't always easy to narrow down a color palette. Here are three things to consider before choosing exterior paint colors and why your decision matters.
1. Home Style
You might love the newest color trend or you might want to go with a bold color like burgundy, but the most important consideration is how that new paint look with the style of your home? Although most people overlook architecture when they chose paint colors, the fact is that neighbors and future homebuyers might have something to say about that dark red hue.
Before you choose paint for your home's exterior carefully consider the architecture of your home. If you aren't sure what style your home is considered, snap a quick picture and run a reverse image search to look for similar builds. After the results come up, check to see what other colors builders have chosen for the exterior.
You might notice that warm shades like brown, green, and beige are chosen for ranch-style or craftsman houses, while pastels are typically picked for Victorian-style houses. If your home has exterior dark wooden beams, wood shades might look best.
On the other hand, if your home is modern, you might be able to get away with a much larger color palette than your neighbors down the street with the mid-century modern ranch.
2. Local Regulations
If you have ever winced in agony as you passed a home painted a fluorescent color, it might be because the residents weren't members of a Homeowners Association (HOA). HOA’s are designed to protect home values in neighborhoods by setting standards for things like landscaping, home colors, and fence choices—protecting people from rogue neighbors with strange ideas about paint colors.
Failure to abide by these codes can result in penalties, ranging from cold shoulders from neighbors to pricey fines for each day of non-compliance. To stay on the safe side, always check with your local HOA before deciding on paint colors. While some organizations have a chosen color palette for acceptable paint colors, others simply state that colors should blend in with the rest of the houses on your street.
Some parts of your town might even have restrictions on paint colors since opting for a strange shade could distract drivers. For example, if you live in a home that is visible from your local interstate, you might not be allowed by the city to paint your home that bright blue color you have been dreaming about. Talk with your city about building codes in your area to check for potential issues.
Another important thing to do before heading to the paint store is carefully evaluating the overall color of your landscaping. Is your yard lush and green or have you chosen an earth-friendly xeriscape? Before you head to the paint store, take a color wheel outside to evaluate the overall shade of your landscaping.
For the greatest visual impact, choose a paint color exactly opposite of the shade of your landscaping. For instance, if the majority of your yard is filled with green foliage, grey paint or stucco will make your home pop. On the other hand, if your yard is filled with cream-colored rock gardens, a cooler shade of blue might be a better option.
Are you ready to give your exterior the renovation it deserves? Take the guesswork out of the process by working with Elite Painting KC. We have an innate understanding of the best painting practices and a commitment to same day estimates and accurate project timelines. Our team makes renovating your home's exterior fun and easy.