Many people find it difficult to make a color choice for their home exterior. This is quite a big decision, indeed, as you won’t redo it every year. In fact, this is a cumbersome and expensive job, so you need to make sure you choose the right color from the very beginning. There are a few things you should take into consideration, the most important ones being the style and the architecture of your house, and the colors of the neighborhood.
The first thing to do when you want to choose your home exterior color is to take a look at the colors of the roof, masonry, and other features of your building.
The Craftsman style, for instance, has gained a lot in popularity during the beginning of the 20th century. The standard Craftsman home includes a low-pitched roof and generous amounts of natural stone, both inside and out. These homes look their best when the color of the exterior matches these materials. This means that you can’t go wrong by choosing a shade of taupe, forest or even graphite. Spanish-style homes are very popular in the west and southwest and they feature arched windows, tile roofs, and majestic stucco exteriors. If you want your exterior color to be in line with all other shades and architectural elements of such a home, you should choose a paler shade of cream that counts several subtle undertones such as gray, olive, brown, and yellow. Neutral colors work best for this house style.
A Tudor-style house is known for its high-pitched roof, and stone bricks, chimneys and architectural accents. This type of architecture works best with traditional shades of medium to dark brown. In fact, any earth tone will make this home look amazing.
More complex Victorian-style buildings call for a more colorful palette to emphasize their best accents and their gingerbread-like details. With such a home, you can choose any color you want and it will still look fabulous. Just make sure you limit yourself to three to five complementary hues. Pick something daring for your front door. Even if the rest of the house is neutral, your front door will look great in a bold color. By painting it in a vivid, bright color, you’ll make it very appealing and inviting.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing your home’s exterior color.
Aim to make a timeless choice to curb the appeal of your property and to increase its market value. At the same time, try to integrate some similarities with the neighboring houses.
Choose a complementary accent color to emphasize windows and architectural details but always make sure you pick related colors.
A simple home won’t need more than two colors. On the contrary, a complex one may use up to five shades.