THINKING ABOUT REPAINTING YOUR HOUSE? HOW ABOUT A NEW COLOR SCHEME?

This house was repainted to fit into the natural landscape and  to be welcoming.

This house was repainted to fit into the natural landscape and to be welcoming.

 

I know it is only mid-February, but if you are planning on having the exterior of your house repainted this season this is the perfect time to get your name on a house painter’s list. Here in the Pacific Northwest there are only so many good days to paint outside and you will definitely want some of those paintable days reserved for your project.

This would also be the perfect time to develop a beautiful new color scheme for your home. Look around as you travel about and search out those houses that you find attractive. Ask yourself what is it about ‘that house’ that is catching my eye? Invariably, the color combination appeals to you, but more over, the homeowner or some designer has probably spent many hours working out those precise paint colors.

Careful consideration of your paint scheme would include the following:

  • Your personal color preferences
  • The architectural style of your house
  • The colors of the adjoining neighbors’ houses
  • The architectural details of your house, both positive and negative
  • Existing materials and finishes that will need to be coordinated when selecting paint colors; like brick or stone, etc.
  • Researching the various paint manufacturers for the best version of the colors that you are interested in

A satisfying architectural color scheme is going to have at least have one body color, a trim color, an accent color and often a unique color for the front door. This scheme also wants to relate to the geographic location of the house. Does the house stand in the shadow of tall trees, is it in bright light, is by or near water? These can be important considerations when considering what shades or tints of a color that you may be looking at. Also, paint finishes reflect light differently and so this is something else that you will want to consider in your selection.

This house was repainted to enhance the architectural detail and highlight the reclaimed brick corner.

This house was repainted to enhance the architectural detail and highlight the reclaimed brick wainscot.

Unfortunately for us all, selecting paint is in no way linear. What you see is often not what you get. There are so many factors when it comes to color and how we perceive it that I always recommend that the selected colors be spot-tested first on the actual building prior to painting the whole house. This way you can make whatever corrections that you need to make prior to purchasing the entire lot of paint and before you have made the investment of painting the entire house.

While a paint scheme is something that we many of us are willing to offer our opinions on, it is not something that is necessarily easy to achieve. Motivation and desire will be necessary to get it ‘just right’. If you take your time and approach this with imagination, you will achieve your goal.

Have fun with your color selections. It’s only paint after all. And, if you find yourself stuck, you can always call a professional for a little help!

 

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