Having the outside of your house painted is a big deal. You can completely transform the way your house looks by changing the color. In addition, if your house looks worn down because of aging paint a fresh coat of paint can breathe new life into it. But, how do you choose the right exterior paint color for your house? This is a big decision but the tips below will help you navigate the process of finding an exterior paint color that works for your house.
Check on color restrictions in your area
The very first step you need to take in this process is to check on color restrictions in your area. This is first because it can dictate your choices. You do not want to spend hours finding the perfect color only to learn that you cannot use it because of restrictions. If you have a home owner’s association (HOA) you need to dig into the regulations and look for information about exterior colors. Some HOAs are strict about exterior aesthetics while others are more lax. If you live in an historic part of town it is possible that there are exterior color restrictions. Historic areas can have very specific color options which will limit the colors you have to choose from. Some people find that the decision making process is easier when the color options are limited.
Look around your neighborhood
The colors of the houses in your neighborhood can help you choose colors for your house. Do you want your house to blend in with the neighbors? If so, go with a similar color palette. Do you want your house to stand out from the crowd? If so, choose colors that are different than the norm in your neighborhood. Just remember that getting the exterior of your house painted is a major undertaking so you will likely live with your choice for years. Take inspiration from other homes you have seen that you love and then make it your own.
Consider the style of your house
Exterior paint colors for a Craftsman style house are generally different than the color choices of a more contemporary house design. If you need direction on choosing an exterior paint color you can use the style of your house as a guide. If you are not sure what style or time period your home fits in you can get help from a local paint professional. A local pro will have experience in the area and can talk you through the paint options if you want to use the original style of your house as a guide.
These three tips can get you started with the process of choosing an exterior paint color for your house. If you want additional help and information with this process you can read more on the D&D Painting blog.