It's almost summertime, and you may be considering a home improvement project. But what can you do that 1) doesn't cost a lot of money and 2) will improve the overall look of your home? Try changing up your exterior look with a coat of paint! Check out these 5 tips for choosing an exterior paint color.
1. Choose a color within the design of your home.
For example, homes with a traditional style would look best with light, neutral colors. Craftsman-style homes tend to look better with muted earth tones such as browns, olives and terra-cottas. Cape Cod, or more coastal, homes wear pale grays, blues and greens best.
2. Keep in mind the homes around you.
What colors are the neighbors' homes? You want to set your home apart, but don't stray too far from the local palette.
3. Consider landscaping.
If you have a lot of trees or bushes around your house, you may consider painting a lighter color. When your home is surrounded by foliage, it can look darker (especially if it is darkly painted). However, if you home is open and does not have a lot of landscaping, you may be able to get by with a darker hue.
4. Sunshine makes a difference.
Any color you choose has to be able to stand up to the way the sun hits your home. If the hue is too pale, it can wash out the look of your home!
5. Work with what you have.
Some colors, like roof, brick and stone, are not easily changed. So, keep those in mind when choosing an exterior paint color.
Whenever you do choose an exterior paint color, be sure to do so outside during different times of day. This will give you a better idea of how the color will look in different shades of natural light. No matter what you choose, choosing an exterior paint color is a big decision. Keeping the above tips in mind, take your time to make a decision!